Here are some tips from Stetson University admission counselors to help you send the best application possible!
Now is the time to finish your college application! With this in mind, we asked the admission counselors here at Stetson University to give you some tips to keep in mind while applying to college!
1. Professionalism counts
Before even starting the application, a general rule is to have a professional e-mail to communicate with schools. A college application is similar to a resume- it is the first impression admission counselors have for you and you want to make it a good one! Beerpong32@wherever.com is not the best choice for getting into your dream school. Using some form of your name is a good idea to keep your e-mail professional and simple. Try to steer away from emails like email@example.com.
2. Know the basics
It is always a good idea to double and triple check your application for grammar and spelling mistakes. Don’t rely solely on spell check- it is not going to pick up sentences that don’t make sense, like when you write "My girlfriend is petty" but you mean to write "My girlfriend is pretty."
There are many words that are spelled correctly, but not in the correct term. For example: “They’re” versus “Their” versus “There.” Some words to look out for are listed here.
Admission consideration is based on a wide range of criteria including, but not limited to, academic record, leadership potential, the ability to contribute positively to our campus, writing strength, and individual talents.
3. Get a recommendation letter from someone who knows you well
Recommendation letters are best done by a person who knows you well. Recommendation letters are much more powerful when the writer knows about your personality and interests outside of the classroom. Again, make sure you explain who to send the recommendation letters to and don’t forget to thank your endorser for the support!
4. Make sure your writing sample shows you off
Self-articulation is key; Stetson is an academically rigorous institution that provides a great education enhanced by the individualized attention students receive. You should write about yourself, your experiences, perspectives, and your personal and career ambitions— things that tell schools more about who you are. Stetson admission staff reads all writing samples, so make sure your sample stands out, and don’t forget to proofread!
5. Fill out the leadership/extracurricular section of the application
Some people may not realize the significance of filling out the Activities/Extracurricular Leadership Section of the application, whether it's the common application or the Stetson application. Having a strong background in Leadership and Clubs in high school may make a difference in being admitted or denied to a particular institution.
“I am still surprised after reading applications for 3 years how many students leave the activities resume section blank on their college application.”
--Allen Nedorostek, Stetson University Admission Counselor
If there is not enough space for you to explain everything that encompasses your high school career, feel free to include an extracurricular resume. This document is usually found in the “Additional Information” section of the Common App or sent in separately via e-mail or snail mail.
"Admission counselors want to know what you’ve done, so feel free to brag about yourself with this document."
--Samantha Simmons, Stetson University Admission Counselor
BONUS: E-mail or call your admission counselor! The admission counselors love to hear from their students, and it helps show off your initiative and interest in the university. They will also answer any questions you might have! But remember, a lot of universities (including Stetson) have a holiday break, so be patient!
Now that you have some tips to make your college applications the best, the only thing left is to complete your college application for Stetson University! Stetson has a rolling deadline, but the sooner you complete your application, the better!
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