Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

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bostonld
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Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

Postby bostonld » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:30 pm

In conducting a final review of an application, I noticed a small typo (one sentence is missing the word "the") in one of my supplemental essays. Thankfully I caught it for this particular app; unfortunately, I had sent a very similar supplement to another school and failed to catch the error. This may sound a bit paranoid, but how big of a deal do you think this is? Is it worth sending a follow-up, or would that just make it worse by calling attention to the error?

vaperera
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Re: Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

Postby vaperera » Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:38 pm

I would just let it go. They read those things so quickly, they might not even catch it.

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Re: Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

Postby RTFM » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:20 pm

At a panel I just went to, the Deans said they didn't care about one typo--they just don't want to see a pattern of egregious mistakes.

Edit: The Deans were from Chicago, Michigan, and Penn if that helps any. All three of them agreed on this point.
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$1.99
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Re: Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

Postby $1.99 » Mon Oct 18, 2010 10:29 pm

depends on the school, if you sent it to HYS CCN they will dock you bad if you are borderline.

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Re: Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

Postby OmbreGracieuse » Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:37 pm

I don't think it will matter much. One typo in a supplemental essay doesn't seem that big of a deal if your PS, app, and everything else turned out okay.

Good luck!!

bostonld
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Re: Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

Postby bostonld » Tue Oct 19, 2010 5:23 pm

Thanks all... Great to hear that anectote from the admissions panel since I definitely sent the error to one of those schools :) Having a copy of your submitted applications available for review is horrible for the paranoia...

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Re: Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

Postby URMdan » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:51 am

Funny thing is adcomm's always say that typos are one of their biggest peeves when they do interviews

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Re: Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

Postby Nicholasnickynic » Thu Oct 21, 2010 9:16 am

depends on gpa/lsat.

bostonld
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Re: Small typo in supplemental essay: How big of a deal?

Postby bostonld » Thu Oct 21, 2010 10:33 am

Well I'll be sure to update this in a few months and let you know how this turns out. I am comfortably within the LSAT/GPA range of a school I sent it to, so we'll see if it makes a major difference.




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