Whether you’re applying to b-school, law school, med school, grad school, or college, this checklist will be the same. Don’t hit that “Submit” button until you’ve checked off the following 5 to-do’s:
- You’ve made sure that your application presents a holistic, multi-dimensional picture of you.
Each section of your application should not just present you as a strong candidate on its own, but should complement the other application components as well. When the admissions readers have finished reading your entire application, they should have a clear picture of who you are as a well-rounded and unique individual.
- You’ve demonstrated fit with the program.
To demonstrate that tight fit that adcoms are seeking, you’ll need to have done some serious thinking about who you are and about how that person is compatible with the school’s mission, ideals, and culture.
- You have selected the best recommenders.
The best recommenders are those people who really know you well and who will be able to draw from their unique experiences with you in composing their LOR. If your recommender doesn’t know you well, then their assessment of you may end up sounding generic and superficial. Plus, it may not be accurate.
- Proofread, edit, and then proof some more!
Read your essay, as well as all other application components, aloud to make sure that you hear mistakes that your eyes may have glossed over. You may also want to recruit a friend, colleague, or family member, or hire an admissions consultant, to help you edit your essays to perfection.
- You’ve given yourself some time.
Don’t submit your app at the last minute. Rushing your application will create more room for error, the schools’ servers may be overloaded just before the buzzer, and you may lose your chance to apply on time if you wait until the last minute.
Think you’re ready to submit? Why not run your application by the experts for a final stamp of approval? Our admissions consultants and editors are standing by, ready to help you construct an application that shines, one that shows off your greatest achievements and talents, one that you’re truly excited and ready to submit. Contact us now for more details on how we can help.
• 5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Application Essays, a free guide
• 16 Grad School Application Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make, a podcast episode
• 4 Pillars of a Splendid Statement of Purpose, a short video
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