Applying to School

When you’ve decided what academic institutions best prepare their students for hospitality careers, it’s time to start applying. College applications are a lengthy process, but with some organization and foresight, you can take some of the difficulty out of the work.

Get Prepared

Visit each school’s website or talk to an admissions official to learn more about what you’ll have to do to apply. Be certain you know when your application is due, and allow yourself enough time in advance to obtain any letters of recommendation, transcripts or other information you’ll require.

Different schools have different processes and deadlines for application, the CollegeBoard website explains. A good way to keep your application system organized is to keep separate files on each school and track each one’s specific requirements.

Follow Directions

Follow the directions on your application strictly. Only submit requested materials unless it seems absolutely necessary to supplement with additional information. “Colleges put a lot of thought into their admission packages; they have determined what information they need from each applicant and do not have the time, resources or desire to sift through material that they consider unnecessary,” warned. Admissions officials might not look favorably on an applicant who has not followed instructions.


Admissions essays are often a dreaded part of the college applications process. Adjust your perspective and try to view this as an opportunity, Carleton College has encouraged. Really take this chance to show the admissions committee who you are as a person, and work on being yourself. Put some thought into your essay. What can you say that is different than the next applicant? What will help you stand out from the crowd?

While your topic is important, so is the quality of your work. Give yourself time to proofread and revise your essay (great tips here), and consider asking someone you trust (and who is skilled in writing) to review your work, too. Don’t get feedback from too many people, though, as that can start eliminating your own voice from your writing.


Colleges and universities want to look at an application that’s free of errors. Check all your spelling, and most important of all, make certain you keeping your schools straight if you are applying to more than one. Students have frequently made the mistake of referencing the wrong college or university in their admissions essay. “It’s one of the [mistakes] we see most often,” said Laura Simmons, associate director of admissions at Furman University in an article by U.S. News & World Report. This might not sink your application, but it doesn’t help much either.

Last Updated: 05/23/2014


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