Sorry to be gone for an extended absence. My only excuse is the INCREDIBLE volume of applications Mason is receiving which has me buried. A couple of things seem to stay the same year after year:
1) Applicants continue to use very embarrassing email addresses. And yes, we pass them around the office. We have a contest for the most offensive, funniest, most humiliating, etc. Unfortunately, since these are actual applicants and real addresses, I can’t post them. Seriously, what are they thinking?
2) Deadline crashing is rampant. Like most colleges, we send out a slew of reminders – email, postcards, letters, phone calls, and yet even so students still seem to wait until the very last minute. As I wrote recently, you minimize risk of getting documents mismatched by getting in your application well BEFORE deadline. (In case you are planning to apply to Mason, and why wouldn’t you, our final freshman application deadline this year is TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 to get your application submitted. If you miss it, don’t come whining to me.)
A reminder about deadlines: Some institutions use “in office” application deadlines for ALL materials related to your application, meaning that everything required for your application to be complete must have been received by that date. This is different from what most of us (including Mason) use, which are POSTMARK deadlines. Most institutions will also, assuming your application is submitted on time, accept materials for some grace period after the deadline, but PLEASE don’t count on that – much better to get your materials in as soon as possible. Some schools even consider when you apply as an indicator of your interest in the school (more on how interest is used in decisions in a future post).
So, to recap – use an email address that isn’t likely to become a source of amusement to the admissions committee, and get your materials in on time (and of course apply to Mason). Be seeing you.