What is The Common Application?
With the beginning of the school year, comes the beginning of the college application process. If you’ve already started the process, then you are very familiar with the Common App. If you haven’t yet, then the Common App will become your best friend soon enough. Understanding the Common App and what part it can play in your college application process is crucial.
Therefore, we’ve outlines 3 tips you can use on the road to filling out the Common App!
Tip #1 - Understand the Importance of the Common App
The Common Application is the undergraduate college admissions application that can be submitted to more than 500 colleges and universities. It is an online application and covers several areas:
- personal data
- educational data
- standardized test information
- family information
- academic honors
- extracurricular activities
- work experience
- a personal essay
If you are applying to multiple colleges, the Common App serves as a great tool as it can keep all your college forms saved in one spot and keep you organized. It’s also a huge time saver as the same application and essay can be sent out to all colleges that use the Common App.
Tip #2 – Prepare Early
The personal essay section is one of the most important parts of the Common Application and deserves the most attention. It’s the place where you can show off your writing skills and give admissions officers a glance at the type of student you are.
Do not rush through your personal essay! Take your time writing it and have your friends, family, or teachers read and critique it.
Tip # 3 – Know the Deadlines
Make sure you are aware of all the application deadlines for the colleges you are applying to. Many colleges also require a “Common App Supplement” which asks additional questions. Give yourself enough time to have all your materials done in advance.
To begin your application, go to the Common App website!