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Spelling Snafu on Application

Question: After submitting an online application to an Ivy League university, 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 an 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.

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