“Absolutely one-hundred percent activities and college admissions – it is really not a black and white process. It is much more of a gray area.”
Colleges are sure to find your international baccalaureate degree impressive – but not if you call it an “international bachelorette” on your application. That’s a spell-check-induced gaffe cited by deans of admission at more than a couple schools. What are some other mistakes that drive college admissions staffers crazy – and sometimes send the applicant straight to the rejection pile? U.S. News asked pros from around the country to weigh in on what they’d strongly rather you not do. Here are some of the highlights.
- Most colleges with very competitive admissions programs want students who are the very best at something.
- Essays are very important in college admissions and activities can provide a good source of material upon which to base your essay.
- Volunteer work with a low level of commitment and minimal engagement can make a poor subject for an admissions essay.
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