Here is my video response to the question.
Your application should be very tailored to the school you are applying. This is a key mistake made by many students. Make sure that it is evident in your application why you want to attend a particular college. Be specific! Tell the college in your own words why you are applying and what you “love” about the college. If you have visited the campus be sure to mention some of your favorite sites or experiences from that visit.
Only some of the answers can be tailored, as the application itself is a pre-printed form. Try to get it across that this school is your 1st choice.
I don’t believe it is necessary that students should consider to submit different applications to each school. applications are data collections about personal profile and school profile. however, essay is different and should be considered unique and customized for each school. it is time consume and requrei a lot of practice.
Trying to figure out ‘what they want’ is one of the most common mistakes that students make on the college essays and short answer responses. When you write, focus on your strengths (not the attributes of the institution) and tout your talents and accomplishments (not theirs). You should be able to use the same personal statement to fulfill each college’s longer essay requirement. And, when you write about “Why Fill-in-the-Blank University?” your response should reflect the way your goals and talents align with the learning environment (do not list accolades of which the school is undoubtedly aware). In some cases, tailored responses occur because the college’s application is devised to reflect the institution (ie Wake Forest University, College of William and Mary, University of Chicago).
Given that The Common Application is used now by 456 schools, it has become progressively more difficult to “tailor” your college applications. While the Common AP is a great time-saver and many colleges use it as their only application; it definitely does homogenize the applications. So it becomes even more important for a student to try to stand-out in their essays. It is in the supplements however, where one is often asked “Why do you want to attend our college” (what I refer to as “The Love letter” essays) which offers the best chance to focus on the individual schools. You need to make those essays as specific as possible- try to focus primarily on why exactly each school matches you! And try to avoid crafting generic essays that might fit a hundred colleges.
You should complete the best application you can for each school. You do need to demonstrate why you would be an asset to that particular college or university. If you are asked the “WHY do you want to attend this school” question on a supplement, you should be able to answer with specific instances.
It isn’t so much the *application* that should be tailored, as each application should represent you honestly, but if a school has supplemental essays asking you to describe why you are interested in that school or why you are a *good fit* you should strive to answer those questions as specifically as possible. If you have visited the school, try to cite instances on your tour that made the school stand out for you. Failing that, do some research about the school on their website to be able to discuss the uniqueness of that school and why it appeals to you.
As much as possible.
Some parts of your application are going to be generic; the information you enter will be applicable to all of the institutions to which you’re applying. That’s why it was possible to develop the Common Application, which is accepted by many schools. But that is also why some schools have Supplements to the Common Application. Those Supplements are specific to the institutions requiring them and will ask for information which, in effect, is tailored to the school in question. The Common Application essays should not refer directly to any particular school because they are probably going to several different colleges/universities depending on where you have chosen to submit your applications. Additional essays may be required by a school along with its Supplement, and in that case, you should very much consider the qualities of that specific institution and formulate your essay with thought being given to what you can offer that school and what it can offer you. As always, everything you submit should be authentic and should represent you, your values, and your interests as they really are.
Schools around the country, especially the most competitive top tier schools, know that there are thousands of kids dying to get an acceptance letter–or even a spot on the waitlist.
Colleges which participate in the Common Application all accept part 1 the application which includes a family and school data. Many colleges ask students to complete a supplement which asks for data (sometimes duplicating Part I) and usually contains some specific questions regarding their institution which can either be short answers or an additional essay.
Each school needs certain questions answered in order to make their decisions. So individual applications usually are tailored to fit what they need. At the same time many colleges use generic applications like common application. These applications allow students to complete one generic application and then a supplement for each school. This saves the student time but still allows the school to ask a few specific questions that they need to make their decision.
I would only tailor an application to a specific school if there is a required essay prompt for that college. There is a reason it is called the Common Application, it saves you having to recreate the wheel for each university. The chances of mentioning a specific program in one essay and then forgetting to change it in the next, are too great to risk such specificity. You need to portray who are you, not who you think they want; so be yourself and be consistent, it will all play out fine.
In general the application should be about portraying as fully and as effectively as possible who you are, what you have done, and what you have to offer that school community. That being said, there is not massive room—or need—for variation. However, there may be places where what you offer will be viewed differently depending upon what the school may “need,” and so you should present it that way. Too, there should certainly there should be differences in the essay in response to the often asked question, “Why do you want to go to “insert school name here”? In the end, the key is to let them see who you are. It is then up to them to see if that person fits their institutional needs. Sometimes, it will and sometimes it won’t—but regardless of the definitive answer, it says more about the school than about the applicant.
Think about it this way….would you apply for a job without communicating to your prospective employer that you know something about the company you are interviewing for?
Only some of the answers can be tailored, as the application itself is a pre-printed form.
Each answer should be as tailored as it can! That being said, do not misrepresent yourself to a school by telling them what you think they would like to hear. Remember that the admissions process is a matching system. Counselors not only look for academic qualifications but also for whether or not they think the student would be a good fit for the school. If they think you would fit the school well and you only told them what they wanted to hear you might be very unhappy there.
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