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What email address should I use for college applications?

First off, I know this is a pretty minor nitpicky detail and probably won't make a giant impact on my application and decisions. I'd just like to know :)

My regular personal email address (that I've also been using to connect with admissions officers over the past year) is my full name but with 2 r's in my first name. It looks like a typo to a lot of people, so I'm concerned about the immediate impression that it could give off, especially considering that it's one of the first things that shows up on your application (if I'm not mistaken).

I have an email with the domain name of the organization I founded (it's a big part of my spike) and I'm considering using that one for college apps instead. (The email format is firstname.lastname@organizationname.org) Would this look interesting and give a good first impression that sort of prefaces the rest of my application well or are there any possible negative impressions that I haven't thought about yet (e.g. braggy, weird that it's an org email and not a personal, etc.)?

I'm also interested to see what opinions or insights other people might have about email addresses and how they might be able to impact an application so drop your thoughts if you have any :)

 
Personal email (gmail, typo, used to connect with AO's)
70%
 
Org email (professional format, but org domain and not personal)
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I read that some college admissions readers look at your email address to learn more about you. A good email address that speaks your narrative can help you. For example, if you are planning on being a CS Major you might pick "ICodEfy00001111" or if you are want to be an Architect "GreenCertifiedForLife".

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13 days ago

I read if you have a bad email address, you can get your application chucked in the waste bin. In the book Valedictorians at the Gate, Becky rejected an applicant who had "IBrakeforMilfs@gmail.com" or something like that.

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13 days ago

This really depends on personal preference. While I've seen others create a new email address for college admissions all together (collegestuff@domain.com), I'd suggest using either of the emails you've shared based on the sort of impression you hope to make. Your personal email can certainly give a more individual feel, while your organization email is more professional and is an indication that it's a part of who you are.

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13 days ago

My plan is to create a separate email account for everything college related. That way, college emails don't bog down my personal and vice versa. I would recommend that you do this as well.

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12 days ago

I don't think your email will matter since its appropriate. If it wasn't I don't know if that would affect things.

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🎤14 days ago

Follow up question: What would happen if I used one email for the Common App and another for mailing lists? Would they not track be able to detect my demonstrated interest? Would this cause confusion?

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14 days ago

I get the most college emails (like from the mailing lists) on my school email, but I use my personal email for the applications. I don't think it would cause too much confusion, since many students do it the same way (because school email accounts eventually get deleted).

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14 days ago

Would you be able to delete your personal email and/or create a new one? I wouldn't want my work email getting bogged down by a ton of college stuff.

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I don't think I'd want to delete my personal email because it would just be a huge hassle transferring all of my accounts. Thanks for the suggestion to make a new one; I'll think about it. The bogged down part isn't a huge issue for me since I have 2 work emails and I mainly use the other one for work stuff as of now, though that might change so I do see what chaos that might cause.

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