What exactly is the common app?

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What exactly is the common app?

Lily Trayes
Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

What exactly is the common app?

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Rod Bugarin
Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

What exactly is the common app?

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Suzan Reznick
Independent Educational Consultant The College Connection

The Common Application is a huge time-saver!

The Common Application(CA) is a non-profit organization that offers students the opportunity to apply to more then 450 schools using just one application. Ten years ago, there were maybe one hundred colleges who accepted the CA and they were mostly small private schools. Today, many major universities , including large state schools like Michigan accept the CA. All of the Ivy league schools are now on the CA and many school no longer have their own application. The CA offers the student the opportunity to answer all the key information about: family, education, test scores, activities plus a personal statement that would then be sent to all of his schools.

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens

A Centralized Online Application Tool

The Common Application is an online undergraduate first year and transfer application that is currently accepted by over 450 colleges and universities in the U.S. Once students complete and submit the application and Common App essays -- it will be forwarded to the schools of the students' choosing. In addition, the Common App also provides students with access to particular schools' "supplemental" information requests (essays). Students can submit their answers to the supplements online. School reports, teacher's recs, and counselor recs can also be submitted online through the Common App.

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President IVY Counselors Network

use for over 400 colleges

it is commonly used for private colleges and universities. it has more than 400 schools on board. it allows freshman and trasnfer applications it is used as universal application to save time and data base management for schools.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

The Common Application

This standardized application form is accepted by more than 450 colleges and universities (including a handful of international schools). It is convenient because you enter your main details (including family information, educational information, extracurricular activities and a couple of essays) only once. Many colleges do require a college specific supplementary form in addition to the main form.

Charles Beal
counselor covina high school

The common answer

The common application is accepted by a large number of colleges as an application that a great deal of colleges agree suits their own needs if they were designing their own college application. It requires a combined effort by the student and their counselor to successfully complete this application

Rana Slosberg
Owner Slosberg College Solutions LLC

The Common App

The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that provides an undergraduate admission application. Students can use this application at over 450 member colleges or universities.

Mollie Reznick
Associate Director The College Connection

What exactly is the common app?

The common application (or common app, as it is often referred) is a universal application that allows you to apply to 500 some odd different schools using a single application. This means that you only have to fill out your personal information, parental information, activities, academic record, etc once and it can be sent to as many schools as you'd like. Most of these schools, however, will have their own supplemental information and/or essays for you to complete as well.

Karen Ekman-Baur
Director of College Counseling Leysin American School

The Common Application

The Common Application is an undergraduate college admission application, sometimes referred to as the "Common App". Students may use the Common Application to apply to any of the organization's member institutions, over 450 colleges/universities in the United States and several other countries. In addition to the Common Application for First-Year Admission, there is also a Common Application for Transfer Admission. Institutions accepting the Common Application may additionally require a "Common Application Supplement," which asks further questions or requests essays which are specific to that college/university. International students are asked to submit the "International Supplement", which deals with information relevant to the student's international status. One advantage to using the Common Application is that a student may apply to an array of institutions while only having to fill out the one application form (with any required supplements). The application includes objective criteria, such as grades, class rank, and standardized testing, as well as subjective areas - essays and guidance counselor and teacher recommendations. The Common Application may be filled out online and submitted at one time to all of the institutions to which a student is applying, with each school receiving the same information. Once the application has been submitted to colleges/universities online, the information which has been sent cannot be changed for those institutions, so proofread carefully before clicking "Submit". If a student wishes to correct a mistake or to provide more information after the application has been sent, each of the relevant colleges must be contacted directly. Other components of a student's application, such as supplements, payments, and additional school forms, may also be submitted and tracked through the online system.