HYPer-iffic: Solidify the Admissions Decision With a Cover Letter
We've already taken a detailed tour of the HYPer University application and we have discussed the joys of application packaging. Now we'll see how to turn theory into reality. Sometimes what we think is essential for an admissions officer to see (or hear) can be surprisingly unimportant. On the other had, a few things that our HYPer applicant (let's call him "Zane") wrote may have solidified the admissions decision without us even knowing it!
The cover letter. Lots of people wonder why you would ever need a cover letter. For me, a cover letter provides a kind of "overture" or preamble to the application itself. You've already seen how complex and exhaustive an application like this is. It's a kind of epic event. Just as those great screen epics, Gone With the Wind and Dr. Zhivago, had their own musical overtures before the movie started, so too does an Ivy application deserve one.
As you'll see, though, there's a method to this madness. The letter does three things:
Here's the cover letter:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
This is the completed Part 2 of my Early Action application to HYPer University. I have made every effort to be complete and candid, the goal being to present myself as a worthy candidate for next year's freshman class. The following is a list of what I have submitted here and requested from others to complete my admission file:
HYPer is my clear, first-choice school. I understand how competitive the admission process is, so I have documented my qualifications as completely as possible. Incidentally, a few portions of the application are hand-printed. We ditched our typewriter long ago when we got a computer. I couldn't format some of the pages for our printer. That's progress, I guess.
Thank you very much for considering my Early Action application.
Zane R. Smith