The college asks for, and you sent, the application, test scores, transcript and recommendation letters from two teachers and your guidance counselor. But you know that they really want to have more information, don’t you?
And 90% of the time you would be wrong.
Here is a link to Inside Admissions, the blog of Tufts University admissions department, discussing what additional information to send. The bottom line is in most instances the information that is requested by the college is all you have to provide. Still not convinced? Think of it this way. Colleges can ask for anything they want in the admissions process. Do you really think that if they wanted more they wouldn’t ask for it?
In an ideal world maybe additional information might be helpful. But in the world of selective college admissions, your application and everything related to it is going to be reviewed in about 15 minutes. More is not better.
Now note that I said that 90% of the time you would be wrong. There are very particular instances when additional information can be beneficial. This is true when no where else in your application is a particular accomplishment or personal trait mentioned. But unless that accomplishment is significant, the college doesn’t want to know about it.
If in doubt, you probably don’t need to send that additional information that isn’t requested.
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