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May 20, 2020

Will Application Typos Torpedo Admission Chances?

Question: I just submitted my college application. I went over it a million times. However, after submitting the application I realized I misspelled "Collaborative" accidently by putting "Collaboritive". It was under volunteering activities. Will I be penalized in the admissions process for misspelling the activity name or also by having left two commas next to each other in the description box? Please help; I'm freaking out!

No need for freak-outs. Take a deep breath and relax. You're fine. Chances are, the admission folks whipping through your application, with a mountain of others in front of them waiting to be read, won't even notice your minor errors. And even if they do, your mistakes are far too tiny to be consequential. I promise you that if you don't get into the college (or colleges) that received this application, it WON'T be because of these errors.

(posted 11/27/2010)

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Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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