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How Long Do College Applications Take?

Last Updated by Barbara Leventhal on July 21, 2021

Applying to college is never a one-and-done deal. As we’ve observed in previous articles, applying to college extends beyond the application itself, encompassing other activities like essays, test scores, and recommendations, all of which take time to complete or “collect” – in addition to the hours spent researching where you’d like to apply first! If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that our mantra is apply early. But, you may be saying to yourself, “Surely, I can get my college applications done in a day or two.” How long do college applications really take?

Topics: College Application Essay, Common Application, College Application, Coalition App

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Topics: College Application Essay, Common Application, College Application, Coalition App

Why Are You Applying to This College? – And Other College-Specific Questions

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on June 21, 2021

What does it take to write a good supplemental essay that responds to the prompt, “Why are you applying to this college?”and other college-specific questions? It takes planning, and two of the best planning techniques are to doing some research and brainstorming. Take a few minutes to understand how the question may be tied to the college’s mission statement.

Topics: Common Application

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Topics: Common Application

Common App Changes 2021-2022

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on June 8, 2021

The Common Application (www.commonapp.org), accepted by more than 900 universities, undergoes annual changes to improve the application. This year’s changes are primarily based on removing barriers to application completion, thus ensuring equal opportunities for all students. The Common Application will be down for a few days in the last week of July to be updated for next year, and the new application will be launched on August 1st. However, you should be working on this year’s application now as your application will “rollover” to the new application when it launches. At that time, you’ll be walked through a series of screens to initiate the rollover. All seven sections of the Common App will rollover; however, your answers to changed questions will be blank, necessitating your answering the revised questions.

Topics: College Admission, Common Application

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application

How Do I Complete the Education Page of the Common App?

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on April 30, 2021

The Common Application Education Page – Tips

Most questions on the Common Application’s Education page are quite straightforward. Here are some tips for those questions that are not:

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Tutoring, Educational Consulting

Changes to the Common App for 2020-2021

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on January 4, 2021

New Member Colleges

Topics: Common Application

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Topics: Common Application

College Application Advice: Selling Yourself and Your Activities

Last Updated by Jason Robinovitz on August 27, 2020

Before we tell you what colleges are likely looking for in your list of activities, we’ll say this: their importance has not diminished in any way. In fact, it has probably increased in the face of so many colleges going test-optional because of COVID-19. Admissions officers will scrutinize your activities list and read between the lines to understand the true nature of your involvement to each activity. That brings us to activity “fundamentals” – what you must strive to include in your list.

Topics: College Application Essay, College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Counseling, College Tips

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Topics: College Application Essay, College Admission, Common Application, College Application, College Counseling, College Tips

Common Application: The Hidden Factors

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on August 5, 2020

 

In an April blog post titled Recommendation Letters In the Era of Covid-19, we noted that “LORs [letters of recommendation] were important in admission decisions even before the Coronavirus made in-person interviews problematic, and they’re likely to increase in importance now.” Nothing that we’ve learned since then has changed our minds about that…

…but there’s another dimension to recommenders and recommendations about which you might not be aware: whoever completes your Common App School Report (often conflated with the “counselor recommendation”) is going to be asked to rate you in terms of the following factors and in this manner:

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Counseling, Letter of Recommendation

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, College Counseling, Letter of Recommendation

How Should I Complete the Common App Testing Section?

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on July 20, 2020

Most of the Common App is pretty straightforward to complete, but one question we hear quite often from our students is “How should I complete the Testing page?” Unfortunately, the answer isn’t straightforward.

You should fill in your test scores and dates on the Common App Testing Section based upon the type of scores you wish to self-report.

Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Test-Prep, College Application, Educational Consulting

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Topics: College Admission, Common Application, Test-Prep, College Application, Educational Consulting

Covid-19 Has Infected the Common App!

Last Updated by Joseph Corace on June 2, 2020

This year’s Common App will include a Covid-19-specific writing prompt for students who would like to share with colleges how the pandemic has impacted their lives, personally and/or educationally. The goal is to reduce anxiety for applicants affected by these extraordinary circumstances and provide them with a way to share their experience with colleges. Responding to this prompt is optional – truly optional – not “optional” the way some colleges’ supplemental essay questions are optional, but to which you should nonetheless respond. One thing’s for sure: you don’t want to write a response that doesn’t stand out, that sounds like everyone else’s response, or lacks sensitivity. We’ll explain. But first, let’s look at the wording of the optional prompt:

Topics: Common Application, College Counseling, Personal Statement

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Topics: Common Application, College Counseling, Personal Statement

How to Effectively Complete the Activities Section of College Applications

Last Updated by Judi Robinovitz on November 15, 2018

Good grades and high standardized test scores help get your application into the room where the admissions committee will make its final decision – and for many years they’ve been the top two criteria for evaluating applicants. As we pointed out in a blog we published in January 2013,

Topics: Common Application, College Application, Coalition App

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Topics: Common Application, College Application, Coalition App