College Applicants Should Verify Applications are Complete

Advice for students who are in the process of applying to college.

Once students submit their college applications, they should confirm the colleges have received all required documentation.  In this age of technology, we assume that if we ordered our transcripts, test scores, and any additional materials to be sent, they were not only sent when they were requested, but they were received by their intended recipients. In most situations, that is probably true, but not always.  It is better to be safe than sorry – especially when meeting deadlines.

Transcripts and test scores are downloaded and often transcribed into files and folders.  Mistakes may happen.  There were also extenuating circumstances for those in areas that lost power and/or telephone service.  The storms we recently endured had downed our Internet and telephone lines.  If a scheduled download of test scores and transcripts was attempted when either the sender or recipient had no power, it is likely they need to be resent.  The only way to know for certain is to have students call the Admissions offices of the colleges to which applications were made. 

If a college has sent verification that the student’s required credentials have all been received, then there is no need for verification.  If there is any uncertainty, call the Admissions office and verify without delay.

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