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Pros and Cons of Using the Common App?

Junior here, trying to prep for next year. I’ve heard different things about the Common App - is it actually advantageous to use this platform for college admissions? What are some pros and cons that you guys have experienced or heard about?

7 months ago

Hi there! Glad to see you're planning ahead for your college application process! The Common Application is indeed a popular platform that many students use. Its main advantage is definitely the convenience factor—it allows you to apply to multiple colleges with just one application, which can save you a lot of time and effort. You can manage your applications all in one place and track your progress easily, which simplifies the application experience.

However, there are some points to consider. The Common App does require a main essay that is sent to all schools, so you'll need to work on a comprehensive piece that really showcases who you are to a wide audience. Some colleges may also require supplemental essays or questions, so the workload can add up despite the centralized system. Additionally, not all colleges accept the Common App, so you'll need to check if your preferred schools are on the list.

Lastly, fees can add up since each school you apply to via the Common App may require a separate application fee, unless you're eligible for fee waivers. Make sure to weigh these considerations alongside the convenience the platform offers.

Overall, most students find the Common App streamlines their application process and reduces the repetitive nature of filling out multiple forms. It's a personal choice, though, and you should choose the route that works best for you and your unique circumstances!

7 months ago

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