Admissions Officers look out for quite a few application red flags. Don’t fall prey to any of the following red flags, as shared by The Wall Street Journal’s “Inside the College Admissions Office” panel:
Spelling and grammatical mistakesUsing the incorrect school nameBeing fake and inauthenticPortraying a person you think the Admissions Officers want you to beMissing deadlinesBlaming mom and dad/teacher/school
To the contrary, here are some positive tips to consider as you work on your applications:
The process is not about being the best or having the most superlativesLive who you are, be who you are, show a side of yourself Admissions Officers can get excited aboutBe your honest selfApply to the right school for the right reasons for youHighlight what’s good and strong and powerful about YOUMeet deadlines

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