How to: write your personal essay vanderbilt university undergraduate admissions. Few things will throw off an application evaluator more than misspellings and typos in the college essay—except when you mention the wrong college don't tell us how much you want to attend xyz university when you are submitting the essay to the college of abc remember, in the grand scheme of the college. In an essay about a letter to a future roommate, i was supposed to write 5'2 for my height, but i made the stupidest mistake and somehow ended up /r/ applyingtocollege is the premier forum for college admissions questions, advice , and discussions, from college essays and scholarships to sat/act test. College application forms — the ones students so meticulously fill out — could use another once-over find the typo in your application by daniel stern april 20, 2008 one of my students chose to answer penn's essay question about risk-taking by copyediting the text in red font and writing. I guess that advice should apply to college applications too, because a couple days after submitting my uc application, i noticed a typo in my there are so many aspects of your application other than that typo—you have awesome extracurriculars, beautifully crafted essays, and an arsenal of teacher and. Image by anneoeldorfhirsch via flickr it's panic time for more than a million high school seniors and their parents it really shouldn't be, but it is: competition for admission to the nation's “top” colleges has never been tougher a huge cohort of kids combined with more qualified, full-tuition-paying foreign.
While harmless, these kinds of typos and spelling errors can make your essay confusing or sloppy again, read your essay slowly and out loud when editing, paying close attention to spelling and usage in the end, an error or two won't hurt your college admissions chances however, many students. If there's a sign of the times in college admissions, it may be this: steven roy goodman, an independent college counselor, tells clients to make a small mistake they look for evidence of interests and passions across the application — in essays, interviews, recommendations and extracurricular activities. Serious colleges want serious applicants, and a short-sighted error can spell disaster for your admission prospects typos let's start with the most obvious mistake—the dreaded typo in life, they happen autocorrected texts can turn your “dear friend” into your “dead friend” and bad grammar can mean.
(i was sure to have a trusted friend check for typos, though) my essays and supplements ended up being much more authentic if you want, ask your parents, your siblings, whoever, what they think about your essay accept some suggestions, but don't let anyone butcher your essay admissions officers can. Sooooo i did the ultimately dreadedi made a typo/mistake in my essayi said next of couple years rather than next couple of yearsso seriously how bad is it assuming they do see it.
Where you might get into a bit of a problem is if the nature of the mistake is a tad irksome, for example if you sent the university of wisconsin's essay to tulane ( complete with the wrong make sure there are no typos in your email and that it is well written - good grief, you don't need any more problems. Don't kill your college chances by making a common mistake on your college admissions essay don't be a cliché.
Putting the wrong name of the college at the top of your essay or an arrest record are pretty big red flags that go up for us slacking off your senior year is another red flag for admissions if you were making excellent grades and then your grades plummet your senior year or you barely take an english class because you. I got in ea with a typo in one of my essays--i meant to say gave, but wrote game instead related note: if proofreading twice one typo in a college application at age 18 says nothing about someone's ability to be trusted with something critical 10 or 20 years in the future ~mit student '15 posted by: l.