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In undergraduate admissions, under what circumstances would it hurt an applicant to disclose health conditions?

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In undergraduate admissions, under what circumstances would it hurt an applicant to disclose health conditions?

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This question is tricky to answer because, unfortunately, certain health conditions are met with more compassion and understanding than others. In the case of learning disabilities there is no shame or harm in disclosing those, especially if it is a condition that requires special accommodations from the university itself. There is also the option of waiting to disclose this information until you have been accepted, and then speaking with the appropriate office so that even if you do not require accommodations right away, the groundwork has been laid for any future needs. However, if it is a condition that does not require special accommodations, and may not impact your ability to study in the future, then it is entirely up to you on whether or not you would rather disclose this or keep it private. It's also important to keep in mind that even if you do not disclose something during the admissions process, that does not mean you will never be able to disclose anything in the future, because most universities and professors will be lenient when you have the right documentation to support your claims.

For more information about the admissions process, check out this article: Don't Let These Admissions Myths Fool You

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