The three most overlooked parts of a university application

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The application essay, résumé, and letters of recommendation are all vital parts of your university application, but equally important are these three components that are often completed quickly and without much thought.

When these are completed carefully and with attention to detail, you can turn these elements into strengths and catch a university’s eye.

1. Application form

These forms are usually the first form you will fill out online when applying for university. These typically require information such as your full name and address. Sometimes a university will not let you attach the rest of your application materials until you have completed the general application form.

Remember: Do not wait until the last minute to fill out this form. It might take a couple of days for the university to process the form and send you a link to attach the rest of your materials. Also, do not forget these details:

  • Check for grammatical errors or misspelled words.
  • Read all the fields and requirements carefully.
  • List all information accurately.
  • Keep track of the deadline and complete this section well in advance.
  • Use an appropriate email address when applying. Do not include words or phrases in the email address you would not use in a classroom!
  • Write the application yourself but ask a parent, guardian, or counsellor for help if you need it.
  • Do not forget to click “submit” after you complete the form, and watch for a confirmation email that the university received it.

2. Application fee

Some universities will require you to pay a fee after you submit your application, while others will only require it once you are accepted. Application fees can range from free to around $100 US. When you are researching schools, take note of the total amount in application fees and factor them into your budget. If you can only afford a certain amount, this might help you narrow your college list to fit the total cost.

Some universities offer application fee waivers when you apply for financial aid, or there might be a separate portal to request a fee waiver.

3. Transcripts

Your official transcript is your current school’s certified statement of your academic record. Universities will ask that it be mailed or emailed to them, so read the requirements carefully. Before your transcript is sent, read through the classes, grades, credits, and scores to make sure they’re correct. Your counsellor will be the one to ask to send your transcript to your applied universities.

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