Tips for Getting Started on the Common Application

Before 1975, every college had a separate paper application that needed to be individually hand written or typed and sent via snail mail. The Common Application was introduced that year to provide a single application that could be completed once and sent to all schools.

The Common Application has come a long way since then, and now includes nearly 900 college members’ individual questions and supplemental essay requirements. Among the schools newly accepting the Common…

Common Application Pitfalls and Tips

The Common Application, accepted by nearly 800 colleges, launched on August 1st. While the application is pretty straightforward, here are some things to look for as you register and complete it.

1. Keep Track of Your Registration Information. Record your password along with the email address you used at registration time so you can easily access it. You may think you will remember it, but we have learned from our students’ experiences that this is often not the case.

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Which College Application Is Right for You?

When students envision themselves filling out college applications, they typically picture the components they have heard others discussing: “the big essay,” an activities list, or what to list as a major. However, students should know that there are often multiple application options availableThe Common Application, The Coalition Application, and college-specific applications, and it is beneficial to preview the options and consider which will help you most effectively…

You Have Submitted Your Applications… Now What?

While it’s true that most of your work is done for your college applications, keep in mind that your actions and decisions in the months ahead can still affect the admission decision.

1. Keep Your Grades Up. Colleges will get a copy of your “Midyear Report,” which will show your senior-year grades at the end of the first semester or term. Colleges do not view “senioritis” favorably. Not only should you be carrying a strong course load in 12th grade, but you will be expected to maintain…

Stop the Insanity! Staying Sane During the College Admissions Process

With the November 1 early college deadline this week, the college application frenzy is going fast and furious. From filling out the Common Application to writing and rewriting essays to scheduling interviews, it is very easy for students (and parents) to get caught up in the flurry of activity that comes with the college admissions process. However, while a little stress during this process is unavoidable, this doesn’t mean that the next few months have to be complete chaos.

What is The ZeeMee Online Portfolio?

ZeeMee is a social platform designed to give students another way to communicate with college admissions officers instead of, or in addition to, a traditional interview. It is a free service that allows you to use images and video to document your personal story, by highlighting your interests, strengths and personality to college admissions counselors. A little like Instagram and Snapchat, ZeeMee is a fun way for students to present themselves more professionally.

A ZeeMee…

Lessons From Early Applications: An Analysis of the Results to Date

With each admissions cycle, more and more students are opting to apply to a college under an early admissions plan. An astounding number of students are admitted early at some colleges and universities, sometimes leaving less than half the remaining spots for regular decision applications.

Before we examine the implications of this data, here is a quick primer on the various early application options: early decision (ED) is for students who want to apply early (typically …

How To Review and Submit Your Common Application

It is hard to believe you will be hitting submit after all your hard work researching colleges, writing essays and slogging miles doing college visits. This video will help you understand how to preview your common application by generating a pdf, why you must proof it, and, finally, how to submit it. Congratulations on getting this far!

The Locker: New College Planning Tool To Debut in April

In September, we wrote about a new college planning tool and application for the class of 2017. The Locker—the first of three technology components of this platform from the Coalition For Affordability and Success—is expected to launch next month. Here are some FAQs on the Locker and the Coalition in general.

What is The Locker? The Locker is a space where students can confidentially store information that they may want to later use as part of their applications to college and…

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Some Higher Education Professionals Are Skeptical

Eighty selective colleges and universities have announced a plan for a new platform that they claim will streamline the way students plan for, think about and apply to college. Their hope is the platform will help build a college-going culture that improves access to underserved populations such as low-income students and underrepresented minority groups.

The expectation is that all students will benefit from thinking…

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