common application

Tips and Tricks for Tackling the Common App

The Common App streamlines the college application process for students and is now accepted by more than 900 member colleges and universities. In addition to a main application, each college has the option to include a supplementary form, which provides the opportunity to add college-specific questions and essays. New Features ...

A Summer Timeline for Starting Your College Applications

You’re about to finish a hectic junior year of working hard at school and participating in extracurricular activities—not to mention going on college visits, taking standardized tests, and possibly learning to drive! As your summer stretches before you, here are some ways to consider getting a jump start on your ...

The Role of Your Counselor Recommendation

Most colleges request a letter of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor. This letter serves a unique function in the college admissions process. The counselor is expected to describe your high school environment, place you within the context of your peers, and discuss your unique attributes. “Many college and ...

College Application Platforms

There are several different online platforms through which universities accept applications. While the Common Application is still the strong favorite, the Coalition Application seems to be gaining in popularity, and the Universal College Application has several interesting features. All of these platforms allow students to create a centralized college application ...

Common App 2014-2015: What You Need to Know!

This year’s Common App launched Friday, August 1st.  Luckily, after a rocky implementation last year of a new generation of the Common App, the early experience of the 2014 version is going smoothly!   Rising seniors can now register for an account, complete the Common App form, add their colleges, and ...

The New Common App CA4

The Common App has undergone significant changes in content and design, effective with the Class of 2014.  Scott Anderson, Director of Outreach of the Common Application, provided a fascinating webinar of the new Common Application, called version CA4.  There are now over 520 colleges that accept the Common App! New ...