Do Colleges ever verify info on applicantions?

<p>Do colleges ever call an applicant's school to verify information such as clubs, sat's, or grades?</p>

<p>Especially if you have switched schools during high school, would colleges ever call an applicant's past school to verify information?</p>

<p>They might and particularly if something looks suspicious. Just put down the truth-it's bad karma to do anything else.</p>

<p>SAT - no need to verify cuz its from collegeboard
Grades - You're attaching a transcript, plus its sent along with the GC evaluation which he's signed.... no need to verify further
Clubs - Highly unlikely they'll verify</p>

<p>Well I think if some things look suspicious, like if you say you're captain of the football team when your gc hasn't mentioned any atheleticism in you, that's suspicious. but otherwise</p>

<p>There are some colleges that do random verifications.</p>

<p>Overall, however, the kind of lies that would tip one into a college are so big that they would be easy to verify.</p>

<p>Colleges don't care about club memberships with the exception of things like NHS that some second tier colleges give small scholarships for students who have memberships in. Presumably, however, such colleges request proof before giving those scholarships.</p>

<p>As for things like RSI, state championship of an individual sport, national head of an organization -- things that could help tip you into a top college -- those are very easy to verify, and lies also would stand out on an application. For instance, a student whose math SAT is a 650 is not going to be at RSI.</p>

<p>It's also a waste of time to lie about community service hours. What impresses colleges is the impact of your community service, not whether you spent hundreds of hours on it. For instance, a student who started a summer camp for low income students would impress colleges (and presumably also would have written an essay about this experience or would have the experience mentioned in their recommendatons or would talk about it during an interview). Someone who has allegedly spent hundreds of hours doing random service isn't going to impress top colleges -- which are interested in impact, not just mindlessly doing what one is told.</p>

<p>Meanwhile, virtually no colleges except the very top ones count ECs as factors in admission (with the exception of recruited athletes, which can trump virtually anything in admission). The most ECS will do for you with most colleges is get you merit aid, and the top merit aid -- full tuition, for example -- requires substantial ECs, not something one can make up with impunity.</p>

For instance, a student who started a summer camp for low income students would impress colleges


BTW how many applicants have ECs like this? I am just curious as i have done a EC quiet similar to this and would be writing a essay on it.</p>

<p>Relatively few students have done ECs like start a summer camp for low income students. Even when it comes to top colleges, relatively few studetns have strong ECs that they have created themselves. Most students do activities that other smart, ambitious kids are doing, and consequently such ECs don't stand out that much. Places like Harvard are flooded with applications from NHS members and presidents, but have relatively few students who have actually started viable organizations that aren't fluff.</p>

<p>Although the policy may differ from university to university, this is what I directly heard from a Harvard admissions officer regarding the issue of lying on the college application...</p>

<p>"If we find out that you falsified or misrepresented information on your college application, then you will be promptly rejected from the university if it occurs before an admissions decision is made, you will have your acceptance revoked if we find out after we admit you, you will be dismissed from the university if we find out after you matriculate, and finally you will have your degree rescinded if we discover this after you graduate."</p>

<p>Don't lie on your college application.;)</p>