Did you know that many colleges and universities require applicants to use the Common Application (Common App) when applying to schools for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year?
There are many benefits to applying with the Common App. Over 700 colleges and universities use the Common App, which means you can apply to multiple colleges and universities with just one application! You can also view the writing prompts and supplemental questions, and keep track of all your application deadlines in one place.
Using the Common App system is fairly straightforward.
All applicants using the Common App must respond to the personal essay. According to
Deborah Marconda, Leadership Scholar Program Manager, “From all the applications I’ve seen and schools I’ve worked with, the personal essay is by far the most important piece of the application process.”
The Common App allows you to see what standards (word count, formatting, etc.) different colleges expect you to adhere to when drafting your personal essay. This information can be found under the “Writing Requirements” tab on the Common App website.
The personal essay has a big impact on the outcome of your application. Be sure to stay within the 650 word limit and leave enough time to edit and refine your essay. If possible, ask several people to review your essay before submitting it.
Your chosen college or university may provide you with a writing prompt to help you draft your essay. Some popular prompts are listed below.
Some schools may require you to answer supplemental questions in addition to writing an essay. These supplemental questions are also available through the Common Application.
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