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THE UK: Applying to University

What an admissions officer looks for in an application

Getting your university application right is critical, so it's always going to help getting some inside information on how to be make the best impression.

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Have you been wondering what admissions officers and those reviewing your university application look for? You’ve probably spent a bit of time thinking about what to include and what to say. We went behind the scenes of the application process and spoke to an International Liaison Officer to get the inside information for you. 

 

 

Stand out 

Admissions officers read thousands of applications a year, which means they can begin to look very similar. It’s essential that you include something with your application that makes you stand out, apart from just your grades. Admissions officers are on the lookout for well-rounded applicants who are able to display their personality and character. You need to make the admissions officer feel excited to meet you and that they can’t turn your application down. 

 

 

Accurate information 

With a large volume of applications to deal with and not a lot of time to dedicate to each one, you’ll need to make a good first impression. A useful tip is to include only the most essential information, making your application as succinct and clear as possible.  Admissions officers concur that the best applications and personal statements are concise and to the point, giving a clear picture as to why you want to study a course or at a particular institution.  It’s a good idea to put together a list of priorities before making your application, admissions officers will not search for information that you haven’t included.  Admissions officers really appreciate you taking the time and effort to ensure that all the information in your application is accurate. It does increase your chance of meeting with a favourable response. 

 

 

References

Admissions officers do check your academic references and this is why it’s key to have them included with your application. They are read in conjunction with your grades and therefore having up to date and accurate information is essential. Remember that if you don’t have the grades for the course you wish to study, the academic references you have will not alter the outcome of your application. Admissions officers make detailed checks of colleges and institutions from around the world to ensure that they are legitimate and registered. It really does matter that you include information that is correct. Consider the fact that it could be the difference between you and another candidate. 

 

 

Why this university 

When you are putting together your application it’s important that you’re able to convey the reason you’ve chosen an institution or destination. Combined with this should be a sound motivation for the subject or programme you have selected.  Do your research into the institution and what makes it stand out, perhaps a famous alumni or a notable member of faculty. It’ll demonstrate your initiative and show that you’ve made an effort. Admission officers note that they often receive a very brief or short explanation as to why students wish to study in a country, often unrelated to the institution or course of study. Don’t fall into this trap. The person reading your application may think that you’re simply looking to come as a tourist with only a fleeting interest in academic pursuits. Admission officers greatly appreciate a well-researched, thoughtful and professional application.

 

 

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