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.

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

Common App May Be Your Best Friend

For students the "common app" is a streamlined method for submitting college applications to multiple institutions. The Common Application is a non-profit organization formed by admissions officers seeking a way to decrease the college application burden on students. The organization requires member institutions to comply with a set of guidelines regarding application design and review. In recent years, Common Application membership and usage has skyrocketed.

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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.

Erica White
College & Career Counselor Middletown High School

What exactly is the common app?

The common app is one application that can be used to apply to mutliple schools. It makes things a bit easier because you only have to fill out information on where you live, your parents, your current academic courses etc. Each college will have a few sections on the common app that are specific to their requirements: 1) future plans 2) sometimes a supplement (addtional info and/or addtional essay) 3) payment 4) school forms (recommendations)