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7 Deadly Sins When Applying To University

If you are applying to college, there are some common mistakes you’ll want to avoid. Here we will share the seven most common reasons for a college application to be rejected and how you can steer clear of them.

  • Your application does not meet the academic threshold.

  • Your application is incomplete.

  • Your application missed the deadline.

  • Your application is too wordy.

  • Your application has too many errors.

  • Your application is too vague.

  • Your application doesn’t highlight your strengths

1) Your application does not meet the academic threshold. ... Building a list of colleges is an essential first step. Understanding that some schools will be 'likely' while others will be 'a reach' is important to building a list with a range of schools to give you the best options.

2) Your application is incomplete... Having someone double check your application to make sure it's all done correctly is putting your best forward.

3) Your application missed the deadline... Managing your time and keeping your eyes on the horizon is a challenge. Having someone who isn't your parent to help can reduce friction in your house.

4) Your application is too wordy... Writing an essay is a challenge. We have experts to help you with the process so colleges see the best version of your story.

5) Your application has too many errors... People tend to be really good at finding other people's mistakes but not so great at seeing their own. Let us take a look at what you have and give you some honest feedback to make your application the best it can be.

6) Your application is too vague...You haven't set yourself apart from other candidates. Often this happens in the essay portion where you have a chance to really show what makes you unique, but it falls flat. Showing universities who you are is essential. Essay preparation and having a plan can help eliminate this mistake.

7) Your application doesn’t highlight your strengths… It is common for us to undervalue our accomplishments or be humble. Your university application is not the place for humility. We often see the strengths in others before we see them in ourselves. Our counselors are experts at listening to your story and identifying the highlights and connecting these traits to the types of experiences that universities look for.

There is a lot to navigate when it comes to the college application process. Between deciding where and when to apply, which majors you are interested in, how much money you can afford, how to apply for financial aid, and all of the emotions involved, it’s clear why having guidance is so important. Even when parents remember what it was like when they applied to college, today's application landscape is completely different and keeps changing all the time. You’ll need some help.

At Next Level College Application we are experts in the application process and helping make your application the strongest possible. We take the time to get to know you and what you are all about before helping you through the essay writing experience. Meet with a counselor today and see how we can help you. Check out our website at or email us at

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