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Updating the Common App essay: Can we do it between submissions?

So, I sent my Common App to a few schools already, but after rereading my essay, I think I can make it better. Can I update it for the next batch of schools, or is that against the rules?

7 months ago

Hi there! I'm glad to hear you're dedicated to putting your best foot forward with your college applications. You'll be relieved to know that, yes, you can indeed update your Common App essay for your next round of submissions. Once you submit your application to one school, the information is locked in for that particular school, but you can go back into your Common App account before sending it to others and edit your essay as needed.

Think of each submission as a snapshot in time; what matters is that snapshot that gets sent out when you hit the submit button for each school. Just be sure to thoroughly proofread and perhaps have someone else review your revised essay before you resubmit. An extra set of eyes can catch things you might have missed! And always save and review your changes to ensure the correct version of your essay is being sent to each college. Best of luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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