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Four Ways to Avoid College Admissions Application Rejection

As many students hit the “submit” button and send off their college applications, they forget that the application itself is just one part of what needs to be submitted. There are several other documents that must be received in order for a college to consider your file ready for review. Here are four ways to avoid having your application sidelined in the admissions process

1. School Forms: Make certain that your school based college counselor has the list of colleges that you will be applying to several weeks before your first deadline arrives. That way he/she can prepare all the forms that need to be submitted from the school. Teacher recommendations, the guidance counselor recommendation, your transcript, and the school profile Must All be received by each of your colleges. Give your counselor plenty of notice as to where you will be applying.

2. Test Scores: Your SAT, SAT II, Subject Tests or ACT scores must be sent directly from the reporting agency to colleges unless you are applying to a test optional school. Be sure to request your scores two weeks before your deadlines whenever possible.

3. Payments: Your payment must be received in order for your application to be processed. Most colleges allow you to do this via credit card on the payment tab of the Common Application or on their web-site. Checks are also accepted, but make certain that you put your social security number on the check and send it directly to the admissions office.

4. Supplements: Most colleges have a supplement to the Common Application which includes personal informaton, your desired major, and sometimes, essays. If your supplement is not sent by the deadline, your application is likely to be rejected.

The college application process is a challenging one, but with organization, it can be managed effectively.

David Dickson is an admissions expert and admissions
counselor for Top Test Prep; Top Test Prep provides college admissions counseling and private tutoring to help students gain admission to top private schools (SSAT/ISEE), colleges (SAT/ACT) and grad schools (LSAT, MCAT, GRE);  Call (800) 501-7737 to learn more.

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