Tips for Filling Out Applications for Universities

By Erik Neilson , last updated October 31, 2011

Many people don't realize just how difficult filling out applications for universities can be. Applying to a university is a process that should be met with the utmost in care, as you’ll want to ensure that you do everything possible to get into the school of your dreams. As a result, the more time and effort you put into filling out applications for universities, the better your chance of success. Take the following tips into consideration in order to streamline the application process, which can allow you to better enjoy the process of getting ready for college.

Work On Your Handwriting

Believe it or not, the appearance of your handwriting can actually have somewhat of an impact on whether or not your application is taken seriously. Sloppy handwriting, for example, conveys an attitude that does not fit in with the agenda of many universities, while handwriting that is neat and clean can convey a strong sense of professionalism. If your handwriting leaves a lot to be desired, you may want to spend some time focusing specifically on improving its appearance. Fortunately, there is a great deal of information both online and in books that can help you to make your handwriting more attractive.

 Additionally, almost all universities now offer the option of applying online, which is the best choice for those applicants with truly terrible handwriting.

Avoid Fabrication

One of the biggest mistakes that many people make when applying to universities is fabricating their applications. This is especially true for those who do not have enough extracurricular activities to pad their resumes, in which case it can be tempting to fabricate the truth to increase the chances of getting accepted. It should come as no surprise that universities can easily tell if you are lying about yourself on an application, which often negates the possibility of getting accepted altogether. Even if you don’t have a great deal of extra information to put on your application, you should avoid fabricating it in any way. Instead, focus on the personal abilities and accomplishments that you do have.

Ask Friends and Family to Review

It’s important to never pass on an application without first having it reviewed by at least three people. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to make careless mistakes when filling out paperwork. With the help of a few other sets of eyes, however, you can ensure that your application does not have any glaring mistakes on it. You may want to ask your guidance counselor to review your application for you as well. Guidance counselors tend to be well versed in the application process, and can often spot mistakes that other individuals cannot.

Read the Requirements

There’s nothing worse than taking the time to fill out an application and forgetting to send in a required piece. As a result, you should strive to read any and all fine print regarding the application’s requirements before sending it in. Be sure to ask a parent or friend to look over the requirements as well, so that you do not forget anything. The more thorough you are, the smaller your chances of missing something important.

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