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Will So-So Common Application Supplements Hurt Admission Chances?

Question: How important are supplements to the college admission decision? If you have phenomenal Common App essays but decent and generic supplement essays, will that hurt your chances of being accepted to top schools?

Admission officials at highly competitive colleges often have a tough time deciding between one uber-qualified applicant and the next. Thus, any edge you can give yourself is important, and this includes submitting super essays for not only the Common App itself but also for all supplements. In fact, at some colleges, the supplement essays will carry the most weight because these are the topics that admission officials have specifically chosen in order to elicit the information they want to see.

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