How Will Admission Officials Respond to Essay Plagiarism

Plagiarism is always wrong and schools are getting better at detecting it. Colleges use plagiarism-prevention services like Turnitin. This service and other like it compare college application essays to a huge database of collected information and what’s already on the web.

Lying on the college application or in the essay is also to be avoided. If a university finds out a student has lied, rejection is almost guaranteed. To uncover lies on the application, colleges do research of their own. They may look for inconsistencies and follow up on them or even do random checks. College admissions officers have called up high schools to verify activities and awards. They have also checked with jobs, internship organizers, and places where students have performed public service. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to see if a student really has received a major award or a significant ranking, whether it’s in music or sports.

Should I write that I have plagiarized homework in my college application essay?
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In its effort to attract business, Turnitin has released a paper outlining how it used a Beta version of its admissions software on more than 450,000 admissions essays and found that 44% had some "matching text" with other Web documents or students essays and 36% had enough in the way of "significant matching text" to make it reasonable to suspect plagiarism or the use of purchased essays. (If a college wants to detect such matches, the service Turnitin is offering is priced by campus, in the range of $1 per application essay.)


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Should I write that I have plagiarized homework in my college application essay
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Plagiarism is always wrong and schools are getting better at detecting it. Colleges use plagiarism-prevention services like Turnitin. This service and other like it compare college application essays to a huge database of collected information and what’s already on the web.

Lying on the college application or in the essay is also to be avoided. If a university finds out a student has lied, rejection is almost guaranteed. To uncover lies on the application, colleges do research of their own. They may look for inconsistencies and follow up on them or even do random checks. College admissions officers have called up high schools to verify activities and awards. They have also checked with jobs, internship organizers, and places where students have performed public service. Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to see if a student really has received a major award or a significant ranking, whether it’s in music or sports.