How can students stand out on their application?

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Our counselors answered:

How can students stand out on their application?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

How can students stand out on their application?

Having 1,000 or more community service hrs in combination w/a high GPA. Fluency in 3 languages is always a plus as well. SAT/ACT scores from 9th or 10 grade can also be impressive in addition to dual enrollment. These are just a few.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

How can students stand out on their application?

Evidence of a high degree of excellence, leadership and creativity in one or two specialties will always stand out as will well written compelling essays.

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

How can students stand out on their application?

Applications that stand out are well written, cohesive and interesting to read.

Mark Maiewski

How can students stand out on their application?

The essay is important. Your recommendations need to be amazing. Be sure the application is complete. Read, re-read, and proof read; spelling errors will kill your chances (don’t rely on spell check—it doesn’t work on its own). But the most important thing you need to focus on is DEADLINES. It doesn’t matter how great your essay or how perfect your application, missing the deadline will guarantee a rejection. Some schools have rolling admissions which means your “late” application will be put into the next group. But at most selective schools, meeting deadlines is your first college “test”. Don’t fail it. Along with deadlines, be sure you CAREFULLY read the application requirements. Skimming is your worst enemy here. Understanding what is required is the second college “test”.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

How can students stand out on their application?

The best way to make your application stand out is to make your essay memorable. Admissions officers read a LOT of applications and they can all blur together. If you can make them laugh, nod in agreement, relate to what you are saying; chances are that you will be remembered during the final cut and that is a good thing. The essay is your chance to put a face on your admission application. Schools are looking for values, experiences you will continue on campus, something about you that isn't mentioned anywhere else in the application; make it fun to read.