Education USA Advice: After Submitting Your Application

Education USA encourages students to consider the following measures after submitting the admission application
By Anil Jacob
While a number of U.S. university application deadlines have already passed, some are open into January, February and even March.

Education USA encourages students to consider the following measures after submitting the admission application.

Undergraduate students

Whatever the “hook” for your application, you need to keep updating the admission officers about that unique something you bring to the table, even after the deadline. For example, if you have been selected for some national or international competition, inform the college to which you have applied. Some universities still have February and March deadlines—do consider applying to these as a safety measure.

If you have applied to elite institutions for undergraduate admission, and you are closer to the zone of being considered for admission, some of these institutions may have one of their alumni contact you for an interview. Go through the materials that you had submitted so you are not caught off-guard by an oblique question that may originate from your essays or background details. You may also want to research that institution and prepare your own list of questions for the interviewer. You may find that using the Common Application has reduced your form-filling drudgery. But even if you are conversant with their Web site (, you should keep a close eye on the school codes. If your school is not listed online, you may need to take printouts and provide them to your teachers who will write the letters of recommendation.

Graduate students: MBA, Master’s and Ph.D. applicants

The materials you submit will have a bearing on your professional future, so it is worth taking the trouble to carefully polish them before submission. In particular, applicants to MBA programs should note that some of the elite programs pull out the e-mails you have written to them during the course of the application process to get a sense of the persona you project. If you win a scholarly award in your discipline, be sure to notify the graduate secretary of that particular institution’s department and specifically request that this information be forwarded to the professors and the admissions committee. If you have lower-than-expected standardized test scores (GRE or GMAT) you should consider a second attempt, to improve scores. This can be done after formally submitting your application for admission.

—Courtesy SPAN

February 2012

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