College Guidance

Common Application has New Essay Prompts

CA4: The New Common Application: New Essay Prompts

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The Common App is a not-for-profit organization serving students and almost 500 colleges and universities in the college application process. By allowing you to fill in the application once and submit it to several schools, it streamlines the application process for colleges and universities that are members of the Common Application. Once the student registers and creates a username and password, the search for and addition of colleges/universities to apply to becomes relatively easy. A word of caution: each school will require individual information pertinent to them, and some will ask for additional essays. Students are encouraged to study their individual choices and to keep their total list at no more than eight places where they believe they will thrive.  

The next generation of the Common Application is set to launch August 1, 2013 and includes new essay prompts that will strictly enforce a 650 word limit; the application will not accept a response shorter than 250 words. Learn more about college admissions essays here.

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