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HELP!!! Urgent situation!!! Submitted my common app without putting any activities!!

1312jx1312jx Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
I submitted my application to NYU, BU, Case Western and UConn through common app and I just found out that I didn't put any activities.
I have bad stats on SAT score and GPA, so I am betting on my essay and great extra curricular to get in to my dream schools.
Common App says that applicant can not edit their applications after they submit them. What should I do?? I am really worried right now.

Replies to: HELP!!! Urgent situation!!! Submitted my common app without putting any activities!!

  • Pujiyhgttb3Pujiyhgttb3 Registered User Posts: 118 Junior Member
    you have to directly call the schools to make any changes to your common app.
  • mommyrocksmommyrocks Registered User Posts: 1,218 Senior Member
    If your stats on SAT and GPA put you in the range of the bottom 25% of admitted applicants (this data is available out there), then likely no extracurricular will get you in unless perhaps you've won international awards or something spectacular. I hope you've applied to some admission safeties and financial safeties. All the choices you named are competitive admissions and expensive. But if I were you, I would not call -- I would email each admissions office with the activities described and formatted in the way they would have appeared if you had put them in the common app, with text limitations and everything. Perhaps you can even fill out that part of the common app and take a screen shot to put in the email. But choose some safeties. And learn from this -- always double check your work in normal circumstances, and when you have a lot riding on something like with college applications, you should at least triple check your work.
  • shacherryshacherry Registered User Posts: 489 Member
    Tomorrow fedex a cover letter to your area admissions rep a copy of your activity resume. Create one pm me if you need a sample. Let them know that you would like them to put it in your file as part of your applications review.
  • 1312jx1312jx Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Mommyrocks- thanks for your suggestion. I am an international applicant and my family can afford the tuition. My SAT test score is a little higher than the 25 percentile, but still not very impressive. I do have some excellent extra curricular, and I don't want lacking of activities to be one of the reasons that college reject me for. The admission offices are not in their office hour after their application deadline. Should I contact common app or email admission offices for the change of information?
  • 1312jx1312jx Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thank you, shacherry! Should I email the resume to the admission office or mail them?
  • mommyrocksmommyrocks Registered User Posts: 1,218 Senior Member
    edited December 2014
    It needs to go to the admissions office of each university, not the common app. In fact, what I wrote was "email each admissions office." You are as careless reading and following instructions here as you are when filling out the common app. Shacherry recommended sending the information by Fed Ex -- a special type of mailing with tracking of delivery. We're just guessing here like you, because there is not a manual out there with official instructions for what to do when someone messes up their common application right near the application deadlines. Why don't you do multiple things? You can send the information by email, and by Fed Ex, and call as another person recommended earlier. Those three things are about the only thing you can do.

    Boston and NYU have filing deadlines 1/1/15 -- those two are the most urgent problems. Call them tomorrow, and also send your activities info by email so they hear from you before 1/1, and then you can also mail them Fed Ex if you like.

    You have until 1/15/15 to apply to Case Western and U Conn, and it turns out that U Conn has its own application on their website you can use instead of the Common App. Why don't you try filling that out also? Or call them until you get them on the phone and ask how they want you to proceed. It's tough because this is a holiday week, but since you have some time to spare with U Conn and Case Western, why don't you get admissions on the phone and ask what to do? I personally would also email all your activities information to these people -- it costs nothing to send an email, and then you have it in writing. My daughter has contacted admissions counselors by email at other universities to ask a variety of questions, and they've all been very nice in responding by email with complete answers. Since you are not good at instructions, it might be best to get their instructions to you in writing, so you can read and re-read the instructions to follow them, rather than trying to remember what someone told you over the phone. This may be a language issue since you're an international student, or just a panic issue at this stage of the application process. In any case, good luck! And apply to some safeties! :)
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