I absolutely hate college applications

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by fireshot91, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Just thought I'd take a little break from college applications, and then vent about it :p.

    I've basically finished my application for Virginia Tech, and mostly done with UVA. Although still have to write a lot of essays for UVA. And get them edited/reviewed/etc. For UVA everything is due November 1st, for Virginia Tech, I think it's around January, but I'm pretty much done, so I'm just going to submit it sometime soon.

    Anybody else in the process of writing apps? And if so, what schools are you/did you apply to?

    And for those that are already past this stage, how was it?
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
  3. sumone macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2011
  4. benhollberg macrumors 68020


    Mar 8, 2010
    My college application was all online and took about five minutes, The University of Utah.
  5. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    From my experience, unless your GPA or SAT/ACT scores are not up to par, college essays don't really mean anything unless you're trying to get into a prestigious school.
  6. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    I'm on the same boat as you. I'm applying to 6 University of California schools.

    Oh and nice LRG logo.
  7. fireshot91 thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA

    3-4, so not that many..but still, enough to make me want to not go to college :p
    First time, freshman application.

    My GPA/SAT are borderline/a little under average for UVA. But for VTech, it's around average. But regardless, I'd still try for my essays even if I was 'guaranteed'.

    It really sucks, doesn't it?
    And yeah, I've had that for the past 3 years..I should change it..
  8. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    I'm thankful for the common app. :D

    Oh, and what's your intended major?
  9. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Why are you applying now college started a month ago.
  10. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    WTF? Rising seniors or current seniors apply now, get accepted around March (unless you're doing ED), and go to college next fall.
  11. MorphingDragon macrumors 603


    Mar 27, 2009
    The World Inbetween
    You know what? In Australia and New Zealand its as easy as handing in your Academic Record and Justify your course of study.

    You should come over here if it pisses you off so much. Got an empty room in my flat. :rolleyes:

    Sad thing is the fees are probably cheaper as well.
  12. fireshot91 thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Yeah, only one of my top 3 schools uses it...:rolleyes:
    Computer Science. But for most of my schools I'm putting Business Undecided, since it's easier to get into, and then I'll transfer.

    For the next fall term. I'm a senior in high school. My application is due November 1st (Early Admission), and I hear back around April if I got accepted or not.

    That's why I'm applying now. It takes a while for the universities to sort through the applications and pick who they want.

    And yeah, but where I go to college (Country) is a direct decision of my parents :p. And even if I could, I probably wouldn't want to, either.
  13. Daffodil macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    In a sunny state of mind
    Do grad school apps count too? I promise you they're just as terrible... :eek:

    Best of luck though, fireshot! Hope you get in where you want to go. :)
  14. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I figured that generally applied only to transfer students not to freshman. They do the weed out year 2.

    That being said essay can suck but wait until you have to run around and round out transcripts from 4 different schools to apply to one. Royal pain in the rear to collect them all and I mean ROYAL pain in the rear. I think I spent several afternoons running around getting them and turning them in mind you I could drive the the 3 community colleges and I have a rather large stack of the ones from TTU.
  15. fireshot91 thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Yeah, that really sucks.

    And I was under the impression that I could change my intended major whenever I wanted? No matter if I'm a freshman or transfer student - everybody goes through changes, what happens if I decide I don't want to do XX major, and instead want to do YY major instead?


    Of course they count.
    And thanks, I'm pretty sure I'll get into Virginia Tech, but I'm doubtful about UVA (My top choice).
  16. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006

    depends on the University what the rules are.

    I know when you transfer between colleges (like College of Business to College of Engineering) it is a lot more paper work involved and a lot more of you running around.
    I do know a lot of University in their popular majors have a limit on what they will accept into their Sophomore or Jr and above classes. That being GPA requirement or just a set limit on that group allowed in.

    I do not know the rules of the ones you are going to. All I know is it got sticker and I know at TTU some of the engineering majors started locking down while I was there and I know it has to of gotten worse since then.
    I know Texas A&M is pretty rough as well for engineers in the cutting they do.

    I want to say at A&M the most common college for transfer students was the College of Education and then they quickly transferred out once they were accepted.
  17. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2009
  18. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    After having gone through the process last year, I know exactly where you are coming from.

    Try to have some fun with it, writing the essays can really become a rewarding experience if you dig deep into yourself and write something truly passionate. Not only is it more fun to write, but it is also exactly what admissions officers would like to see.

    This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is a far more common problem then one would think. Make sure that your essays are about YOU. That they say something about YOU. THe admissions officers are not interested in your pet, your parents, your grandparents. Sure, they can be included but ultimately the goal is to give them a flavor of who you really are.

    Don't cater your essay to the school if it is not who you really are. If you are applying to MIT, don't write about the one time you wrote a mathematica program that modeled a random walk for a science fair if your true passion is painting. An essay is a tool for an officer to see if you are a good fit for the school, make sure the essay is really you so that they can do their job.

    Relax and have fun, you're almost done. In a few months you'll be a college student!

    Good luck and congratulations! Keep us updated.
  19. dukebound85, Oct 10, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2011

    dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    Eh college applications aren't nearly as bad as scholarship, fellowship and even grad school applications imo.

    I remember applying for:
    University of Colorado
    University of Kansas
    Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
    Colorado State University
    Duke University
    Georgia Tech University

    Fun times for sure lol

    Really? You apply well in advance bud. Didn't you just start school? You should know this if you did.
  20. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    Why are you trying to get into a state school when your a freshmen? You will pay so much money for taking basic classes. Why not wait until you have decided on a major and are in your 4th semester before you think about state schools? Get all your B.S. classes out of the way for cheap at a local college for cheap then pay the big bucks for the final year or two for your degree.

    Thats my advice being a sophomore and being 24 going on 25, not trying to be rude just giving honest advice. Good luck!

    Did you apply to Wash-U? I heard they are impossible to get into.
  21. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Not really sure why you're complaining. Assuming you want even a semi-professional job, completing tasks with a deadline is a pretty regular occurence. College applications are easy... you already know all of the information.
  22. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    Because Freshmen and sophomore year are awesome. And if you're school has a summer session before your freshmen year starts that's even better; living in a dorm with tons of other kids your age away from home for the first time, being 17 years old and having 40 (very hot) girls, on your floor alone maybe 10 feet down the hall, who want the same thing you do with no one to impose any rules about anything. Then there was rush/pledging; getting rushed equaled walking onto campus being a 17 year old kid and already having more connections and hookups than every gdi's on campus combined; we went out 7 nights a week, skipped every line(because brothers were bartenders, door guys, and bouncers), didn't pay to get in, got into any bar or club, being 17, and got 21'wristbands w/o any id, blacked out every night, ended the night with a tab of less than $5, and would wake up somewhere more often than not next to a girl(s) you didn't know the name of (and only learned her name when you met her again once she had rushed a sorority). And that's just the boring stuff.
    Then there was pledging, which are the most amazing, terrible memories I have. So yeah, rush and go Greek; you'll have more fun in one night than every gdi on your campus combined (assuming you pledge a top-tier, if you rush a bottom tier you might as well be a gdi, it will be easy to tell who is who).

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