Correcting application errors after submission … or not

<p>One of my Common App essay's sentences lacks a phrase. It reads something like: "No longer worried about mistakes, . I found that music, etc. etc."
It really disrupts the flow of the essay, and kind of leaves a bit of information out. Should I email the admissions with the corrected sentence?</p>

<p>For my common essay, I misspelled the word "available". I have no idea how. I've only sent applications out to a fraction of my colleges, so is it possible to fix this mistake for ones I haven't sent it to yet?</p>

<p>For my Yale supplement, I wrote "it's" instead of "its" twice. I can't get over it. I was doing all of my essays on Google Docs, and only after I saw them on Microsoft Word yesterday did I realize. My jaw dropped, I have no idea how I allowed such stupid mistakes to slip...</p>

<p>@kgoodwin18</p>

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Would it be a good idea to send in this annotated resume along with my mid-year report to save postage money?

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<p>Yep</p>

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in my middle school years, I was named a Duke TIP Scholar. However, upon entering high school, I've received no other information or news from this program. Could I still include it in my resume.

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<p>Ordinarily I discourage using middle school endeavors in college resumes, but TIP is a well-respected program and your participation as a middle-schooler does show that you were qualified for--and interested in--this level of academic challenge at a early age. So go ahead and include it under a "Summer Activities" heading but don't devote a lot of space to it (i.e., no annotations ... admission folks will recognize it).</p>

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I attended Notre Dame's Seminar for African-American Scholars and Windows on Williams, a program for Williams College. I'm applying to both of these schools, they probably have record of these programs. But to other schools, would these things matter? Both programs required an application, essays, test scores, etc. and were selective.

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<p>These programs are basically recruitment events for the sponsoring colleges. Even though OTHER colleges realize that you're applying elsewhere, there's no need to rub it in their faces. So I suggest that you customize your resume for Williams and ND. Include their programs on their respective resumes but don't share the info with other schools. (However, if you do end up sharing it, no biggie.)</p>

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I talked about a school's international RELATIONS major when they only have an international STUDIES major. How big of a deal is that? Should I try to fix it?

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<p>xenophilia-I agree with RedSeven. In a perfect world you would have caught that small error before you sent the app, but it's no big deal, and to correct it at this point would probably just make you look a bit obsessive. Keep in mind also that, at most colleges, half the admission staff won't know the official name of the program either. ;)</p>

<p>valoriane--Here are instructions on making changes to the Common App after you've already submitted it.</p>

<p>From the Common App instructions:</p>

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Application Versions</p>

<p>The Common Application should generally be completed once, with identical copies sent to all colleges. You should create a new version if you wish to correct an error discovered after submission or provide new information not available when you first submitted the application. It is not necessary to "customize" your Common Application for individual colleges. Individual college supplements and supplemental essay questions should be used to provide special information to different colleges. Below are the steps necessary to create an alternate version.</p>

<p>Step1: You must submit the Common Application to at least one institution first. You cannot create an alternate version until this has occurred.</p>

<p>Step 2: You must log out of the application then go to this special URL:
<a href="https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Default.aspx?allowcopy=true%5B/url%5D"&gt;https://www.commonapp.org/CommonApp/Default.aspx?allowcopy=true&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>and login using your existing User Name and Password.</p>

<p>Step 3: Upon login you will be taken to the 'Common Application' page, where you will see information about the application you have already submitted. The ability to create an alternate version of your submitted Common Application is now activated, and you should click on the ‘Replicate’ link to make an alternate version of your submitted application. When this is complete, a second version will be visible on your screen and a special drop down list will appear in the upper right corner of your application. You can use this drop down to move between application versions.</p>

<p>All data from your original version of your Common Application will be transferred to your alternate version, with the exception of any documents that you uploaded. You may edit any of this information before you submit it to another institution.</p>

<p>You only need to go to the special URL the first time you create an alternative version. Thereafter, additional application versions can be made by going to the ‘Common Application’ section within your original Common Application and using the ‘Replicate’ link. You may make up to 10 versions, including the original version. You only need your original User Name and Password to access all versions.</p>

<p>When you create the first alternate version of your application you will see a simple confirmation message. If you create any additional alternate versions of your application you will need to complete two affirmation statements then click the 'OK' button. You may also click the 'Cancel' button to not create the new alternate version.</p>

<p>You will have a separate My Colleges page for each application version. Each institution can only be on the My Colleges list of one application version, and you can have a total of 20 institutions across all versions.</p>

<p>You can move an institution from one version to a different version at any time prior to submitting the Common App to that institution by selecting the college on the My Colleges page and clicking on the "Move College" button.

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<p>Depending on exactly where in your app you misspelled "available," a new version may not be worth the hassle.</p>

<p>Re your Yale snafu ... not ideal but not a deal-breaker either. Don't worry about it.</p>

<p>smashedpumpkin65--</p>

<p>I don't see enough of the essay here to evaluate the extent of your error. Maybe you can add more, or perhaps another CC member gets what you're saying and can advise.</p>

<p>Hi! I've filled 2 fields wrong in my application.
1. In the 'Earnings towards' blank, I filled in 'towards coll fees, coll fund, and so on'.
2. In the Awards section, I meant to write that I was the editor of my school and college English paper, but the description just reads 'Editor - sasad'.</p>

<p>These were the last 2 changes to my application and I'm guessing they weren't saved, I don't know why.
Is it worth sending a message to the Admissions Counsellor asking him to please change these fields? Or will he just be peeved?</p>

<p>My disastrous app mistakes that may(/will) destroy all my chances:</p>

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<li><p>My common app short answer got cut off....in the end it is like: ....also in our abil (instead of also in our ability to help). I tired to edit the last line minuted before the deadline, and I got no error message from common app when i pressed save.</p></li>
<li><p>I have a " had began" in the same answer.</p></li>
<li><p>I miss a "the" in my common app essay, and a "in". They are just gone..</p></li>
<li><p>In my Princeton supplement, which is something I was very proud of, I have "year" instead of "ear".</p></li>
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<p>Have I royally screwed my chances? I am the worst proofreader in the world. ever. Period. </p>

<p>I contacted 3 colleges about the common app missing words. One replied saying that I can submit a revised version. Others did not reply.</p>

<p>Sally_Rubenstone: Woah. Thank you soo much. I just did this, it worked and I'm really grateful. Cheers!</p>

<p>You're welcome, valoriane. I'm glad this worked out for you.</p>

<p>To everyone else ... yesterday I spoke with a friend of mine who is a Smith College admission officer. I asked her what she thinks about application corrections. Her response was what I expected: She only wants to see them if the changes are EGREGIOUS. The example she gave was, "If a student volunteered for 200 hours and, after sending the application, noticed that it said 2 hours (or vice versa), then it's worth a note to admission offices." But in most cases, she insisted, it's a pain to have to deal with post-submission corrections, especially for mistakes such as spelling. She also echoed my earlier advice which was NEVER send corrections more than once. If you do have some changes to submit, be sure to compile them in one email only.</p>

<p>However, one common snafu I've seen that does cry out for correction is when the end of an essay gets cut off. (Students haven't properly previewed the app before sending or they may be unclear about how to tell when an essay is inadvertently truncated.) So my advice is that, if you do find that the version of the essay that colleges received is missing a couple final sentences (or even final words), then you should send a complete version of the essay to all your colleges with an explanatory note asking them to disregard the original essay and to use the new one.</p>

<p>But, again, this is NOT something you should do if you catch a few typos or spelling errors. Only take this approach if some critical section of the essay was not properly transmitted.</p>

<p>I accidentally self- reported on my application a higher SAT subject test score, by a 10 point margin to Yale. Should I just rely on the fact that I sent my (correct) scores via college board and not give a short e-mail to them, explaining the "typo"? Thank you.</p>

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I accidentally self- reported on my application a higher SAT subject test score, by a 10 point margin to Yale. Should I just rely on the fact that I sent my (correct) scores via college board and not give a short e-mail to them, explaining the "typo"?

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<p>Leave this one alone. Presumably you reported your OTHER results accurately (and, for Yale, this means at least four scores). So the admission committee members will not think that you're trying to pull a fast one on them. As you've noted yourself, they will use the official scores from the College Board, not the self-reported ones, when they decide your fate. Besides, a 10-point swing is not going to affect your outcome either way. </p>

<p>If this continues to nag at you (which it shouldn't) and if you end up having a Yale alum interview in the next few weeks, you can mention the minor mistake to your interviewer. Just say that it's been bugging you a little that you accidentally inflated one score by 10 points and that you don't want anyone at Yale to think you were being dishonest. </p>

<p>If there doesn't seem to be a good time to bring this up during your interview or if you don't have an interview at all, then just let it go. It's no big deal ... and not even a small one.</p>

<p>Thanks for the reassurance and advice. I greatly appreciate the former and will be sure to heed the latter.</p>

<p>I realized that I accidentally used a word twice in the same sentence in one of my short essays. And then I used the same word again in the next sentence <em>facepalm</em>. Everything is grammatically correct. It's just a redundancy issue.</p>

<p>I guess it's my mistake for proofreading that essay in parts. Should I just let this one go or what?</p>

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I guess it's my mistake for proofreading that essay in parts. Should I just let this one go or what?

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<p>This is a clear-cut example of something that you should let go. It wasn't brilliant of you to overuse that term, but it would do more harm than good to call attention to it now.</p>

<p>On one of my college applications, I put in that I received A's in both of semesters for Spanish in my senior year. Problem is that I didn't finish my senior year yet. The admissions officer will probably notice this since I put in that my graduation date was in june of 2012, but I've already emailed the college about this mistake. They haven't responded. Are my chances screwed?</p>

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Are my chances screwed?

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<p>Not in the least. Your error is totally minor. The admission folks will not notice your error, or ... if they do ... they may admire you optimism. ;) But, seriously, this is not a problem at all. The college may contact you to acknowledge your correction, but they probably won't. In any case, stop worrying!</p>

<p>My D submitted her Common App on December 18, only to realize after reviewing her application on December 29 that one of her essays was uploaded twice (the Additional Info) and the Personal Essay not at all. She faxed and snail mailed the colleges the Personal Essay before the deadline.</p>

<p>Then, she was horrified to notice that the last 3 words of her Short Answer essay were cut off, so she emailed a revision on January 3....</p>

<p>Two corrections may mean she's doomed for rejection... oh well, I suppose it's in Fate's hands now.</p>

<p>Last year, I forgot to add my Precalculus course to my list of senior year courses on CommonApp. I simply emailed all of the admissions offices personally and apologized for the mistake. Yet, I thought that one was critical enough to demand attention. That's basically all you can do, just calmly state that there is an error in your application and that you apologize for the inconvenience.</p>

<p>It was NOT a big deal, and I was still accepted to 9 schools. I was absolutely freaked out and panicked to my college counselor, who basically laughed in my face for being so worried. Looking back, I would've laughed in my face too. We're all human beings.</p>

<p>kellyinaurora--As penguin25 has said, "We're all human beings." Most students get a lot more wiggle room for application oversights than they realize. But because we are all indeed human, there is bound to be some variation in how different admission officials react. Some, for instance, might view your daughter as a little bit of a flake for her double-header revisions, but others won't even notice at all. In any case, fear not ... she isn't doomed. </p>

<p>Keep in mind, too, that students can do everything perfectly on their end and yet there still may be technical errors on the other side that cut off essay endings or duplicate downloads. So admission folks are used to expecting the unexpected. I hope that this makes everyone sleep a little better tonight.</p>