"Missing" Portions of Applications

As you are beginning to send in your college applications, you may find yourself getting a letter from the schools saying that part of you application is missing.
The first thing you want to do is call the admissions office and check with them. There are tons of papers flying their direction, so the missing part of your application is most likely a misplacement of papers on their part - but call to be sure!
In order to make things easier for the admissions offices and hopefully ensure that they don't misplace any of your application, here are a few things you can do:
1. Write your name the same on all applications and supplementary materials. If you used your middle name on your main application, make sure your middle name is on everything else.
2. Submit your application on time! This may seem obvious, but it is still very important.
3. Only submit your materials once. If you submit your application online, do not send in a paper copy as well. 
4. Make a copy of everything. Photocopy your whole application and supplementary materials. 
5. Pay very close attention to the specific instructions given by each school! Some schools are very particular in what you send and how you send it, and often it will be different from school to school. Make sure to check their website for detailed instructions.
Most importantly, remember if a college e-mails you that they are missing something, the first thing you should do is call them!