The Ivy Coach Daily

November 17, 2011

Lying on College Applications

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Don’t lie on your college application. You’ll get caught. Just ask one Harvard applicant (photo credit: Chensiyuan).

Lying on college applications is a really bad idea. It’s morally wrong. It severely jeopardizes your chances for admission. And, if you get caught, you risk not only not getting in, you risk going to jail. Just ask Adam Wheeler from Delaware, a young man who was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in addition to ten years of probation for lying on his application to Harvard. Was it really worth it? Of course not! And guess what? He’s done it again!

According to CBS News’ piece on the Harvard faker, after serving out his sentence, he now must undergo psychiatric evaluation for claiming he went to Harvard on his resume – a violation of his parole. And why’d he go to prison in the first place? Because he received federal financial aid funds after lying about even the high school he attended. He claimed to have attended Andover and even MIT (it’s unclear if he applied to Harvard as a transfer student but how else could he have even theoretically attended MIT if he wasn’t applying to Harvard as a transfer?).

If you’ve ever considered lying on your college application, think again. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it. Not in the least. If this story doesn’t sufficiently deter you, check out this post on lying on college applications along with a video of our founder, Bev Taylor, on FOX News discussing another student who lied to get into an Ivy League college.

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