The Common Application, often referred to as the ‘Common App’, is an online college application service whose goal is to streamline the app process for students. Rather than applying on each individual college’s website, students can apply to a number of schools at once using the Common App.
Here are the answers to some commonly asked questions about this application:
There are 519 colleges that use the Common App. Many of these schools also have their own application on their college website. Students are welcome to use either application and will not receive any benefit for using one over the other.
No, it’s not. Many schools have supplements that students will be required to fill out in addition to the basic application. The supplements are within the Common App portal and will show up in your profile once you’ve selected the schools you’re applying to (this should be the first thing you do after logging in).
Supplements vary from school to school, but all schools have 4 sections: Questions, Assign Recommenders, Submission, and Writing Supplement. The amount of info in each section will be different for every college (i.e. some colleges will require 3 Writing Supplements and some will require none.)
You will need to write two essays for the CA, a short answer as well as a personal statement. This year’s applicants will be glad to know that the essay prompts are not changing so you can get an early start on those essays!
Absolutely not! You can also use the Universal College Application, however this app doesn’t have as many schools on its client list as the Common App so you may have to use more individual websites to apply in addition to this app.
First of all, make sure you have had someone look over your app before submitting! A parent or other trusted adult is best. Next, make sure that the “Common App” section has 6 green check marks and that “My Colleges” section has 3 green checkmarks. Once you’re sure of this, you can submit for each college. The app requires you to do one by one.
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Thanks for reading! This is a guest blog post by Mia Myklebust from CollegeMapper. To find out more about the Common Application and other hot topics for college bound students, check out other great blog posts and information from Mia at CollegeMapper.com.
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