Misspellings and grammatical errors – This is a big pet peeve of admissions people. If you misspell on something as important as the application, it shows that either you don't care or you aren't good at spelling. But don't stop with a spell check. Proofread for grammatical errors, too.
Applying online, but the application isn't submitted – If you apply online, you should receive confirmation that the college or university received it. Confirmation could be an email message, a Web page response or a credit card receipt.
Forgotten signatures – Make sure you sign and date the form. Often students overlook that part of the form if it's on the back.
Not reading carefully – For example, if the form asks what County you live in, don't misread it as Country and write United States.
Listing extracurricular activities that aren't – Those that make the list include sports, the arts, formal organizations and volunteer work. Talking on the phone and hanging out with friends don't make the cut.
Not telling your school counselor where you've applied – Let your counselor know which colleges you're applying to, and ask him or her to review your high school transcript before sending it to colleges.
Writing illegibly – First impressions count, so take your time and use your best handwriting. It will make a better impression.
Using an inappropriate email address – Select a professional email address. Keep your fun address for friends, but select an address using your name for college admissions.
Not checking your email regularly – If you've given an email address, the college will use it. You don't want to miss out on anything because you didn't read your email.
Letting Mom or Dad fill out your application – Admissions people know if your parents help, whether you have two different styles of handwriting or your admissions essay sounds more like a 45-year-old than a 17-year-old. It's fine to get advice, but do the work yourself.
Monday, December 9 2013 1:22 PM EST2013-12-09 18:22:04 GMT
There were slippery conditions all over the region Monday morning making for a challenging commute. On Interstate 89 near the Williamstown-Brookfield town line, rescue crews responded to a one-vehicleMore >>
There were slippery conditions all over the region Monday morning making for a challenging commute.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 12:46 PM EST2013-12-09 17:46:28 GMT
Icy conditions may have contributed to a fatal accident Monday morning in Burlington involving a school bus and a car.It happened on the beltline just south of the intersection of Plattsburgh Avenue. PoliceMore >>
Icy conditions may have contributed to a fatal accident Monday morning in Burlington.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 12:38 PM EST2013-12-09 17:38:30 GMT
People who live near six Vermont lakes are banding together to try to focus more resources on lake protection efforts.Organizers think it will be easier to the state work with the state as one larger organization.More >>
People who live near six Vermont lakes are banding together to try to focus more resources on lake protection efforts.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 12:37 PM EST2013-12-09 17:37:37 GMT
Brattleboro Police are investigating a fatal hit and run accident.It happened at about 7 p.m. on Friday near the intersection of Western Avenue and Union Street. The pedestrian was taken to the hospitalMore >>
Police on Monday identified the victim as Eugene Narratt, 64, of Maynard, Massachusetts.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 12:36 PM EST2013-12-09 17:36:59 GMT
An Enfield, New Hampshire man is dead. And a Killington driver has been charged in connection with the death. It happened Saturday night on the Killington Road. Police say 26-year-old Kyle Wilson wentMore >>
An Enfield, New Hampshire man is dead. And a Killington driver has been charged in connection with the death. More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 12:36 PM EST2013-12-09 17:36:02 GMT
Police in New Hampshire are investigating an accident on Interstate 89 that claimed two lives. It happened on the northbound lane between Exit#18 and Exit#19 in Lebanon. The initial investigation revealedMore >>
It happened on the northbound lane between Exit#18 and Exit#19 in Lebanon, N.H. Saturday.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 10:28 AM EST2013-12-09 15:28:19 GMT
Burlington Police are looking for two suspects involved in an assault and robbery.It happened on Front Street Sunday afternoon. The victim told police he was held up at gunpoint by two African AmericanMore >>
Burlington Police are looking for two suspects involved in an assault and robbery.More >>