Common App

Help! Extra Big Space in Common App Essay

Question: Yesterday I submitted my Common app to about eight schools. I couldn’t fix my Common App and there was a HUGE space in between one of the sentences. It still makes sense but looks like this. I am very concerned about it. Is it a big deal? I wish I hadn’t sent them but ...

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Common Application Essay Updates

Change is in the air. For those of you high schoolers who will be filling out your Common Application this fall, get ready to encounter the new essay prompts. There’s good news and bad news, in my view. The good news is that the new prompts (I’ll list them shortly) will likely give you a ...

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Applying at The 11th Hour

Okay, high school seniors. So it’s almost December. Are you planning on going to college? If so, here’s a dumb question for you: Have you applied anywhere yet? To answer all you procrastinators out there, yes, I know that for a lot of colleges you have until January 1, February 1, or even later to ...

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Reaching The College Admissions Finish Line

I’ve run a few marathons in my day (back when the Earth’s tectonic plates were still trying to decide where to settle). In thinking about the college admissions process, a lot of similarities emerge between the search, application, final decision, and financial aid processes and a marathon. There’s a lot of preparation involved, you should ...

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What Honors and Awards Should Go on My Common App?

Question: I am doing the Common App and had a question. For Honors and Awards, I am not sure what I am supposed to put. When I researched this online, it said that I should put what I was nominated for. So, I searched my stuff to find everything and have 6 things: Foreign Language ...

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The Common Sense Common Application

Some of you have already set up your Common Application accounts. But if you haven’t done so, you had better get going! Don’t put off this important aspect of your college process. First go to the Common Application site. The instructions should be clear. Once you’ve picked your user name and password, be sure to ...

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The Common Application

Some of you have already set up your Common Application accounts. But if you haven’t done so, you had better get going! Don’t put off this important aspect of your college process. First go to the Common Application site. The instructions should be clear. Once you’ve picked your user name and password, be sure to ...

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Help-I Made a Mistake on my Common App!

Question: I’ve just noticed that there is an error in my Common Application’s extracurricular section. I put 10th grade instead of 11th grade… Should I notify my college (Stanford University) about this? Or will it just be bothersome to them to hear from me again? AHHHHHHHH SOOOO FRUSTRATEDDDDDD!!!! Sounds to The Dean that this is ...

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Custom Common Application for Early Action College?

Question: I am going to use Common Application for my Early Action college. My advisor told me it is better to write an essay addressed to that particular school. However, the Common App only allows me to submit one essay for all the colleges. How can I solve this problem using the Common App? Can ...

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Is a 600-Word Common Application Essay Too Long?

Question: My daughter’s Common App essay is about 600 words. It’s a good essay, very readable, thoughtful, and fun. But, the new essay rule is 250-500 words. I understand that this is to keep lengths down, because students were going on for pages and pages in an effort to impress. So I’m thinking that 600 ...

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