Whether you’ve previously applied to a Pre-College program or it’s your first time, there are a few important things to keep in mind when filling out this year’s application. Here, admission and enrollment specialists offers their dos and don’ts for making the Pre-College application process a smooth one.
DO Know your program
There are always a handful of students who mistakenly choose the wrong program on their application, leading to requests to change their selection. Knowing the correct name of the program, and why you want to apply to it, before you begin the application will avoid unnecessary confusion and backtracking.
DON’T Take the process lightly
Brown Pre-College Programs are an opportunity for students to prepare to attend college and it all starts with the application. Take the pre-college application as seriously as you would a college application: read it over for errors and make sure everything is completely filled out before hitting submit.
DO Take the essay seriously
The essay portion of the application is an important one. Several people, including staff from the Pre-College admission team, program directors and the associate dean might look at your essay, so make sure it’s well-written and represents your best thinking. A good essay should be approximately 500 words, have a narrative and clear argument, correct grammar, and clean formatting. And under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to plagiarize: we want to learn about you and how you think, so sharing your own thoughts is incredibly important. Also, if you are caught, your application may be denied.
DON’T Confuse the program with your desired course
Once accepted to the program, it’s not time to sit back and relax. The most popular courses fill up months in advance, so once you are notified of your acceptance, pay your enrollment deposit and enroll in your desired course(s) right away to ensure your spot.
DO Submit early
All applications are reviewed within two weeks of submission, but that may not be the end of the process. Following review, you may be contacted to provide additional materials, like a current grade report or letter of recommendation. The earlier you submit your materials, the sooner you will receive an admission decision and be able to pick your classes.
DON’T Forget to check in after submitting
Email and the application portal are the primary means by which the Pre-College team will communicate with you throughout the pre- and post-application process. So check those often to make sure you don’t miss anything.
DO check out available cost-saving options
Financial aid is available for Pre-College Programs in the form of both an application fee waiver (requested during the application process) and the Dean’s Scholarship (applied for after acceptance). For more information, including eligibility requirements, visit our website.