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Duke University
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Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

How do I start the Common App?

Hey there! I'm a high school junior, and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed about starting the Common App. Can anyone break down the steps for me and give me some advice on how to tackle this process? Thanks in advance!

11 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're getting a head start on the Common App. I'll be happy to break down the steps for you and provide some tips to make the process easier. First, visit the Common App website (commonapp.org) and create an account. This will give you access to the application system and all its features.

Once you've created your account, start filling out the basic information sections, such as personal details, contact information, and family background. These sections are mostly straightforward and should not take too much time.

Next, you'll want to choose your colleges. You can search and add colleges using the 'College Search' tab. Make sure to research each college's specific requirements, as some may have additional supplemental essays or materials.

Now, it's time to tackle the main essay. The Common App provides a few prompts to choose from, and you'll need to write an essay based on one of them. Give yourself plenty of time to brainstorm, draft, and revise your essay. Don't be afraid to seek feedback from teachers, counselors, or friends.

Lastly, complete any supplemental materials and request recommendation letters from your teachers and/or counselors. Make sure to keep track of deadlines and submit everything on time. Good luck, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have more questions!

11 months ago

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