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Mistake on your college application? This is for you.

phadephade Registered User Posts: 336 Member
edited December 2013 in College Admissions
So basically this thread is for all of us that have submitted our applications and realized that we made a mistake on it. Be it minor or major, typo or omission, clam fart or walrus barf(?) in this thread you can get it off your chest. Tell us what you did and maybe it will make you feel a little better to read that other people did the same thing.

Myself? I have two thus far.
First I misspelled my name. Yes, my name. I won't post what my name is or how I misspelled it but I did it. In my defense it isn't a massive deal and they probably won't notice but its still there...

Second I typed "haveing" in my supplemental essay.

I'm sure more will come with time.

Anyone else have any to share?
Post edited by phade on

Replies to: Mistake on your college application? This is for you.

  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn - Posts: 16,060 Senior Member
    I don't see how the first would be an issue. They would probably just dismiss it as a typo.
  • SJTHSJTH Registered User Posts: 1,890 Senior Member
    This is a GREAT thread--everyone is human!!!
  • phadephade Registered User Posts: 336 Member
    Probably made this to early, most people haven't submitted their app yet.
  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    Last year, son accidentally left a small word out of a sentence, thereby rendering it grammatically disabled. (Two adults, including myself, read it and didn't notice prior to his submitting it!) There were also two additional typo/misspellings. A teacher who wrote a wonderful letter for him, misspelled his name. Ha!

    Ah well, he got accepted anyway. :)
  • collegebound2009collegebound2009 Registered User Posts: 466 Member
    I put Jean for my guidance counselors first name instead of Jeanne on my part of the common app. I don't think they'll notice though, as everything else will have Jeanne from the school. Even then, two letters at the end shouldnt make much of a difference haha.
  • riverrunnerriverrunner Registered User Posts: 2,715 Senior Member
    my husband ended a medical school app essay with "and scrupulous attention to detail" leaving off the period. He was accepted, but we still laugh about that.
  • RahoulVARahoulVA Registered User Posts: 1,364 Senior Member
    I haven't done it, but my friend copied and pasted some stuff from his Duke app into his university of north carolina app and he ALMOST submitted it with the unc one saying he was basically in love with duke and that he couldn't think of anywhere else to go because its program was superior. LOL that would not go well with any admissions officer.
  • RahoulVARahoulVA Registered User Posts: 1,364 Senior Member
    Wait so you can still see your application after you submit it?
  • phadephade Registered User Posts: 336 Member
    On the commonapp you can. You can't make any changes though.
  • srk2009srk2009 Registered User Posts: 98 Junior Member
    I did ju jitsu for 4 years and achieved a brown belt and left it off my app for my dream school...which is a military school that requires athletics :(

    I also forgot to check the "Early Decision" box lol...same application (paper obviously). The admissions office was extremely confused.

    Yeah. We'll see how that one goes. >_<
  • siliconvalleymomsiliconvalleymom Registered User Posts: 4,461 Senior Member
    I think the incorrect spelling of the name is actually something you want to follow up on with the school. It is already a challendge for schools to make sure that the right documents get to right folders...you add a layer of confusion with a different spelling of the name. I would send a short e-mail saying that you've just discovered the mistake and want to clarify the correct spelling.
    Remember, they want to spell it right on your acceptance letter!
  • phadephade Registered User Posts: 336 Member
    You might be right but it isn't a name that people generally use, it is on my SS and birth certificate but I don't think I've ever had any school ever really use it.
  • ana ivanovic!!!ana ivanovic!!! - Posts: 475 Member
    i made the mistake of sending a supplement that was completely unedited lmao
  • Columbia_StudentColumbia_Student Registered User Posts: 5,046 Senior Member
    My daughter put "Presidential Honors" instead of "Principal Honors". She did check and thought that the application looked fine.
  • murmurmurmur Registered User Posts: 339 Member
    This makes me feel so good, I was going back through my son's common app. to print out an essay for a teacher rec. and noticed a mistake. Not a biggie, a typo. It was read by two adults with masters for what seemed like a hundred times. Have kept my mounth shut. Now my confession is over - Bless me father for I have sinned.......
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