Note: This is the second installment of a series entitled, “The Top Five Mistakes Students Make When Applying to College”. To get your free copy of the full report click here.
Many students fall into the trap of applying to colleges that have the simplest application process, and for obvious reasons. College application time falls in the beginning of the school year for most students, and they are navigating an often robust senior schedule, learning new ideas and new hoops to jump through with this year’s set of teachers.
Especially as the standard January 1 deadline approaches, students tend to gravitate toward colleges with application processes that are simpler; namely, they don’t require teacher recommendations or multiple essays. Or – more likely – many students decide not to apply to a school that is a great fit but that presents a more robust application portfolio.
Let me restate this for the importance of its weight: students often choose to apply to a school for which they (or someone else ) will pay more than $100,000 based on whether or not they need to write an extra essay!
Of course, they won’t say this to their parents; instead they’ll feign a more noble reason, but recognize that many students give in to the path of least resistance in this way.
For those tempted to go this route, take a moment to consider what the requirements for application might say about the institution itself and the experience an admitted student may have. If a school requires only a certain GPA, class rank, or SAT score, then how will they measure success once the student is on campus? Further, how will they view the student herself?
The number of steps and the complexity of the application process often signal the school’s philosophy toward educating each student once acceptance is offered and their commitment to inviting the right person to become an eventual alum. Despite what seems to be a greater number of unnecessarily difficult hoops to jump through – especially when other schools have reduced their decisions to algorithms of test data – students should take the time to apply to the schools that are the best fit for them regardless of how intensive the application. See it is an indication of how important you are to that school!
Click here to read the full report: “The Top Five Mistakes Students Make When Applying to College”