What information should or should not be included in your application?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    College counselor Jerome A. Cole, MA discusses what information should and should not be included in your application.

    Speaker: What information should or should not be included in your application?

    Jerome Cole: Well, I think that the information that should be included in an application is obviously the information that they request. You want to share as much information about yourself as possible or following the guidelines in the application that pertains to both, your academics, but also your non-academics, your extracurricular activities, things that speak to your character, etcetera, etcetera. The application is your opportunity as a student to convey as much as possible about yourself to try and share as many insights as you can into yourself with the school so that they can best make a decision as to whether or not you are going to be a good fit for them. Ultimately, you are applying to college because you want to be accepted by that particular college and the more information that you could share, the better off. The things that you should nit include in the application are obviously that the things are not true, exaggerations; I played on the basketball team; okay, you played on the basketball team; you don't want to put that you were captain of the basketball team, if you were not in fact the captain. So you have to be honest. I think the other thing that should not be included in the application are things that they don't specifically ask for. So for example, if they ask you to talk, in a particular section, about your academics, then you want to talk about your academics and not the fact that you are a great artist or you are a great basketball player. There are other sections in the application that will allow you to do that. So follow the instructions and be honest.