Fact Checking?

<p>How often do top schools check the EC's/Awards on your resume?
I don't, by any means, plan on lying about them but my old school is really disorganized and some of my EC's require additional explanation. So I need to know if the school will actually check and verify them.</p>

<p>With countless applications to review and discuss, the admission committees will hardly spend time to scrutinize every detail.</p>

<p>The UC schools randomly pick applicants and ask them to provide proof of EC's.</p>

<p>^Are you sure?</p>

<p>Typically, they take your word for it. But if you are lying... they can tell.</p>

<p>Well, in some cases they do actually call and check. We had a young man at my son's school who graduated in 2009 who lied/made up EC's and awards on his college applications. The young man was a transfer student who was only at son's school <2 years. I guess he just didn't ever feel that comfortable and/or fit in, with most students having known each other for years and being a very small school on top of it, so he didn't do a lot therefore he didn't have a lot to show on his resume. The college called the school, the school didn't lie and his admission was rescinded. The tale was told as a cautionary tale to the high school students last year, as a reminder that honestly is a virtue and not to expect the school to lie for you. No names were used, but the boy's mom said something to another mom, (sometimes our moms can be worse than the kids) and before you knew it, everyone know who the kid was. Shame really, guess the young man was just aiming for a higher school than he should have, there is a lot of pressure sometimes when it comes to colleges, and if he had asked for help the GC and/or teachers would have helped him come up with some things he could do that he could have listed, not as up there as some of his stories seemed to have been, but would have been honest things. Son said the counselor didn't say anything about what triggered the call, so I have no idea there. But yes, I'd have to say does happen, probably not often, but can.</p>

<p>They can and they may. I wouldnt be surprised if more colleges did so after the Harvard "Adam Wheeler" incident. Dont lie or exaggerate what you put on your application. and avoid plagiarism in your essays too; turnitin for admissions seems to be picking up steam lately</p>

<p>They give you the benefit of the doubt, which means there is rarely any deep checking. But they don't need it. These officers are very experienced in this matter and can tell if a person is lying with respects to teacher recs, school rank, and other parts of your app. Don't hesitate to put your rewards down -- just explain them in additional info.</p>