Top 5 admission application mistakes

Don't derail your college application with silly mistakes or missing information. Find out the top 5 applications mistakes and how to avoid them.

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Top 5 admission application mistakes

Don't derail your college application with silly mistakes or missing information. Find out the top 5 applications mistakes and how to avoid them.

The Quad in the fall, with sunlight shining through a row of tall trees

There's no greater feeling than finally clicking submit on your college application, eagerly anticipating a response from your college of choice. However, if you make one of these common application mistakes, you might find your application for admission is delayed

You can avoid unnecessary delays, emails and miscommunications by going carefully through your application and using this list to check for common errors.  

#1. Don't use your nickname

Plenty of people have a nickname or preferred name they  go by in every day life, but it's important to use your legal name when completing the application. You may have a nickname or preferred name, but it’s important to use your legal name to ensure your documents (like transcripts) and financial aid data (like the FAFSA) are connected to your student profile. Our admission application does include an additional section for a preferred name. 

#2. Don't use the wrong birthday

A common application mistake I see is students using today’s year as their birth date year. Take a couple of moments to slow down and ensure your birth date year is correct. If you are a parent completing the admission application for your student, be sure to include the student’s birth year (not your own). 

#3. Don't forget to double check the details

Double-check for typos including your address, phone number and email. Are you selecting the correct term (fall or spring), the correct year and the correct application type (first-year, transfer, graduate)? These minor errors can create delays, miscommunication and frustration.

And, while we’re talking about emails, be sure to use an email address you’ll actually check. Important information will be sent to you throughout the year.    

#4. Don't leave key information incomplete

Leaving out information on your admission application can cause delays in other university processes such as financial aid. For example, while you are not required to submit a social security number on the University of Nevada, Reno application, it is the most efficient way we connect your FAFSA application to your admission application. Be thorough and accurate in completing the application.    

#5. Don't start multiple applications

In the attempt to view an application status, students often begin new applications. Having multiple applications can cause you to receive more incomplete notifications than are needed. At the University of Nevada, Reno, students with a submitted application will be given access to a student portal called MyNEVADA. MyNEVADA allows you to track your application, complete missing items, register for classes, check on financial aid and more. So, once you submit your application, log-in to the student portal … and resist starting a new application. 

Each university’s admission process is different and can get complicated very quickly. The University of Nevada, Reno wants to ensure you have help throughout the process. Did you know each prospective student is assigned an admission coordinator to work with you throughout the year? They are your direct contact for all admission questions. Find your admissions coordinator to get any help you need with completing your application. 


Muriel MorelliMuriel Morelli is a Senior Data Analyst – Admissions at the University of Nevada, Reno. She graduated from the University in 2010 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in business administration. She is a Reno native. She works on the University of Nevada, Reno campus connecting with students as they navigate the admissions and financial aid process. 

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