Whether you are one of those enviably organized and prepared people who are researching your college ahead of applying next year, or you want to commence your studies soon, you have come to the right place.
Continue reading to learn top and effective tips for a stand-out college application.
Create a Timeline of Important Tasks
Presumably, you are intending on applying for more than one college at a time.
It stands to reason, then, that the best way to keep your stress levels low is to create a personalized timeline of the most important tasks involved in your application, from researching CampusReel’s guide to UVA GPA and admission requirements to sourcing references. This way, you will avoid missing deadlines and jeopardizing the success of your college application from the outset.
Improve Your Online Presence
Hopefully, you are also already fully aware of how much social media platforms play a part in successful applications for interviews and, therefore, will be aware that the chances of your number-one college admissions officers checking your social media is incredibly high.
Any Facebook and Instagram photographs which could even slightly be misconstrued as inappropriate or controversial should be immediately removed and any tweets you have sent out into the virtual world with similar properties should also be deleted.
What is more, you should avoid posting anything controversial in the future on any of your social media platforms, not only to protect your time at college, but to provide authenticity and evoke respect in your future professional life.
When applying for a new job, it can often be tempting to embellish your educational qualifications, or else exaggerate previous job roles and responsibilities to tailor-make your application to fit perfectly with the job description.
Whilst this is not particularly ethical, any skills you have exaggerated about can likely be quickly learned ‘on the job’, whereas, when it comes to your college application, the reader will be far more impressed if you are honest about your strengths and your weaknesses equally.
Be sure to keep your introduction short and sweet and dive into addressing the questions in paragraph form, so you waste neither your own time in writing nor the reader’s time, going through a lengthy and pointless standard intro.
If you are tempted to research a template of the ‘perfect’ college application online, you must resist, as the last thing the reader wants to see is a factory-made, carbon copy of most other applications, especially when it comes to your essay.
Instead, endeavor to sell yourself and use your personality and appropriate humor and reflection to explain your genuine reasons why the course and, indeed, the university you are applying for is the perfect fit for you.
Additionally, even though it is not usually a requirement to do so, you could also think about creating a personalized title for the essay section of your application. This may help you to stand out from the crowd and show you’re a great match for the course.