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Wazzup! 12+ Things You Should Know About the New Common Application 2015-16

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.05.2015 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

I hope the information in this blog helps you complete the Common Application confidently and as thoroughly as you can. Remember, colleges only know you from what you say to them in your application. Give them the best of what you have to offer.

Help for the 6 Most Confusing Parts of the New 2014-15 CommonApp

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 11.09.2014 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

Everyone -- students, parents, high school counselors, teachers and college admissions officers -- were all in agreement last year that the Common Application offered many challenges. Things seem to be much better this year; but here and there, directions are left out, and there are areas that are not explained as thoroughly as they might be.

Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. II

Josh Stephens | Posted 12.06.2013 | College
Josh Stephens

Essays about family often commit the error of what I call asymmetrical importance. What is important to the writer (his mom, dad, siblings, pets) often holds zero meaning for the detached reader.

Read This Before Starting The Common App

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Jing Gao, Hinsdale Centr...

Look Out High School Juniors: Changes Are Coming to the Common App

Billy Wheelan | Posted 04.26.2013 | College
Billy Wheelan

Beginning August 1, 2013, students will no longer be able to select "topic of your choice" for their personal statement. Instead, students will choose from 4-5 new essay prompts that are set to change each year.

Juniors and Common App Essays: Wait to Write Them

Patrick O'Connor | Posted 04.17.2013 | College
Patrick O'Connor

Just because you know what our colleges will ask you to write about doesn't mean you should start writing. It's February 6. You have more pressing things to do. You'll have plenty of time to be a college applicant. For now, just be a student.

Unacceptable Changes to the Common Application for College Applicants

Bev Taylor | Posted 03.24.2013 | College
Bev Taylor

Beginning this fall, the Common Application is imposing a strict 500-word limit on the personal statement.

Common App Won't Add Questions On Sexuality, Identity

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The Common Application has rejected a proposal that it add optional questions on sexual orientation and gender identity. The board of the organization...