Careless mistakes can hurt your chances of admission
There are countless ways admissions committees make decisions about which applications to accept and which to deny, don’t let easily corrected mistakes slip through to give the adcom another reason. It is tough to understand why an adcom admits one person and not another when they look similar through the credentials shared on grad school discussion forums. If everyone submitted a perfectly formatted, error free application, these comparisons would have more meri, but unfortunately they tend to miss much qualitative information the adcom is using in the decision.
There is no excuse for missing a deadline, having the wrong school on your documentation, or having spelling errors in your essays. There just isn’t. Fortunately, these and other mistakes are very easily corrected, but you have to remember to double check for them.
In the spirit of helping you avoid simple mistakes and giving you a reminder to look for certain things on your applications, I created an application pre-submit checklist of five common mistakes and how to avoid them. I have not posted it here because I am looking for feedback about this resource and others that will be created in the future. If you are willing to provide feedback and let me stay in touch with you, please register and download the application pre-submit checklist on the next page.