The Only College Admissions Application Tip You’ll Ever Need

Don't wait 'til the Midnight Hour.

"In The Midnight Hour" may have been a big hit for Wilson Pickett, but midnight is not the best time to submit your college admissions application. If you have questions or need help, college admissions offices are usually closed. If your computer crashes or if servers become overloaded, then you may experience a delay with respect to the actual time and date stamp recorded on your application. Technically speaking, this can result in a late submission. 

Start earlier in the day, week, or month and allow enough time to print and review your application before clicking "submit." Also, make sure you have a credit card handy to pay the application fee online. Your parents will appreciate it if you don't wake up them up at midnight to ask for a credit card!

Print a copy of your application before submitting it online and proof that paper copy of your app before submitting (even better, have someone else proof it for you). Even though you're submitting your application electronically, once it gets to the admissions office, it's likely to be printed and read by a human being. So, take the time to read what your sending. Make sure all the required fields are complete and that you have not omitted any key information. Check your sentence structure and spelling on any of the narrative sections. You want your app to look good to the reviewer–right? How often do you look your best at midnight?

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