How tailored to each school should an application be?

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How tailored to each school should an application be?

Jane McClure
Partner McClure, Mailory & Baron Educational Counseling

How tailored to each school should an application be?

Here is my video response to the question.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

How tailored to each school should an application be?

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.

王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

different essay

I don't believe it is necessary that students should consider to submit different applications to each school. applications are data collections about persnal profile and school profile. however, essay is different and should be considered unique and customized for each school. it is time consume and requrie a lot of practice.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

How tailored to each school should an application be?

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.

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

How tailored to each school should an application be?

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.

Lisa Carlton
Owner www.collegematchpoint.com

How tailored to each school should an application be?

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.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

How tailored to each school should an application be?

As much as possible.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

How tailored to each school should an application be?

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.

Jessica Brondo
Founder and CEO The Edge in College Prep

How tailored to each school should an application be?

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. No school wants to read what is clearly a form essay. You should think about each school as you right your essays, thinking what it is you like about them, etc., but make sure that you tell them about YOU. Telling a school how prestigious it is is something they already know. They want to see why YOU would be great at their school! That's the most important thing to think about!

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

How tailored to each school should an application be?

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.