Preparing for College

Application Spelling Snafus

Question: After submitting an online application to an Ivy League college, I realized that I made about three spelling errors. One of these errors included spelling my name wrong on one form. Will they reject my application because of this? Have my chances of admission decreased dramatically?

While it's never great to make spelling mistakes on your application, you can rest assured that your application--and YOU--won't be rejected just because of this. Your chances of admission have not decreased dramatically. However, since you spelled your name incorrectly on one form, you might have inadvertently screwed up a filing process that could lead to a lost document or the incorrect entry of data. That's not likely, but--depending on where and how you made your error--it's possible.

So, here's what we suggest: Send a cute note (e-mail or otherwise) to the admission office. Make fun of yourself by saying something like, "Would you ever admit an applicant who can't spell her own name? I hope so! ..." then go on to explain your error (very briefly). You can also point out that you were unfamiliar with the online application format and made a couple other spelling goofs along the way.

You shouldn't make a big deal about this, but--because your misspelled name might confuse some records--it's probably worth the follow-up. Hope that helps. Next time, don't firgit to prooph reed. :-)