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What's the best way to apply to multiple colleges through the Common App?

Hey everyone, as junior year is wrapping up, I’m starting to feel the pressure of the college app process. I’ve heard the Common App is pretty useful for managing applications to various colleges. Could someone walk me through the steps for using the Common App effectively? Thanks!

7 months ago

Hello there! It's great that you're getting a head start on the college application process. The Common App is indeed a useful platform for applying to multiple colleges. Here's a step-by-step guide for using it effectively:

1. Create an Account: Start by setting up your account on the Common Application website.

2. Add Schools: Use the 'College Search' tab to find and add the colleges you're interested in applying to.

3. Review Requirements: Each college may have different requirements, so check each school's section under the 'My Colleges' tab.

4. Gather Materials: Make a list of what you'll need (transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, etc.) and start collecting these materials early.

5. Fill Out Basic Info: Complete the sections that apply to all colleges first, such as your personal information, education history, and extracurricular activities. Remember, quality over quantity is key for your activities section—you want to highlight your most meaningful commitments.

6. Personal Essay: The Common App requires a main essay that goes to all the schools you apply to. Spend time crafting a reflective and personal story.

7. Supplemental Essays: Individual colleges may require additional essays or short answers. Tailor these to each institution.

Finally, review everything multiple times and follow up with your recommenders to make sure all materials are submitted before deadlines. Best of luck with your applications!

7 months ago

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