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The Application Package

Putting your Application Package Together
Once you have completed the college application and gathered the requested supporting documents, it is important to present the entire package in a professional manner and submit it on time.

Do not staple or paperclip materials, unless the application directs you to do so.
Unless told otherwise, arrange the supporting documents in the order outlined in the application’s instruction.
Type or print your name in the top corner of every page (be consistent in the location of your name) in case the application and supporting documents become separated.
Use a large envelope to keep everything neat and wrinkled-free, and take it to the post office yourself to ensure that you attach the correct postage.

Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with your application package. A SASE is an envelope addressed to you with the college’s name in the return address area of the envelope. Do not forget to add a stamp on your SASE. Once the college admissions office receives your application package with a SASE enclosed, they will mail the SASE back to you. When you receive your SASE, it will be an indication that they received your application; and you should put it in the folder along with the other information for that college.

Your college application package should:
• Convey that you are serious, professional, and a worthy applicant.
• Demonstrate that you are the most qualified applicant.
• Convey that you have the ability and desire to succeed in your chosen career.

Submitting Your Completed Application Package - On Time
Many college applications are disqualified, because some applicants fail to submit their application packages on-time. There are various methods to submit your completed application package:
An online application can be completed and submitted via the Internet. Refer to Completing an Online Application.
Some colleges indicate that your application must be postmarked or received at their office by a certain deadline date. If you are going to mail your application package, you have a few options such as:
o First Class Mail
If you are going to mail your application package via First Class Mail, it would be in your best interest to mail the application package at least 5 - 7 business days (Saturday and Sunday is not considered a business day) before the deadline date. The US Postal Office offers several methods to confirm that your application has been delivered: Registered Mail, Return Receipt Requested, and Certified Mail. These are nice services, but if you include a SASE, this will confirm delivery of your package and save you some money. You should type your mailing labels to avoid any delivery delays.
o Priority Mail
Priority Mail is another service offered by the US Postal Office. The estimated delivery time is two - three days for delivery. Priority Mail is not a guaranteed service; so if you decide to use Priority Mail, expect it to take four days for delivery to be on the safe side.
o Express Mail
There are a few express carriers that guaranteed next day and 2nd day delivery of your package.

Hand Deliver
If you decide to hand-deliver your application package, make sure you deliver it to the admissions office, and take notice of the person’s name to whom you gave your application package, too.

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Written by: Sedgwick Hines Copyright 2004 AvScholars Publishing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.


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