Hi all, I've been wondering if college admissions officers actually fact-check the information applicants provide on their applications. Do they verify things like extracurriculars, awards, and test scores, or do they take our word for it? Any insight from collegevine or this subreddit would be super helpful!
Hi there! I can understand why you're curious about this topic. As a parent who's been through the college application process with my own child, I've gathered some information on this. Generally, college admissions officers do have the capacity to verify the information in applications, but they don't always have the time or resources to fact-check every single detail for all applicants. However, they do have ways to verify important aspects like test scores and transcripts, which are often sent directly from the testing agencies or schools. As for extracurriculars and awards, they may not verify every single one, but if something seems off or suspicious, they may look into it further. It's important to remember that being honest in your application is the best policy, as colleges can and will rescind offers of admission if they discover any dishonesty. So, while they might not fact-check every detail, it's still crucial to provide accurate and truthful information. Hope that helps and best of luck with your applications!