Thursday, October 24, 2013
10 Tips Before You Submit Common App
Take a look at this article just posted on the Student Advisor Blog:
Written by Purvi Mody for StudentAdvisor
There has been quite a bit of grumbling in the media about the new version of the Common Application, the main application system for more than 500 colleges and universities.
Admissions officers, high school counselors, and admissions experts around the country have all weighed in on the Common Application's improvements and the new bugs that it introduced. If you are a high school senior trying to use the Common App, don’t get distracted by the commotion.
Use these 10 Tips that I share with my students, and you too will be able to maneuver the Common Application like a pro:
1. Paste your essays into Notepad or TextEdit first and format them properly before pasting them into the actual application.
I recommend a format with line breaks and spaces between paragraphs and no paragraph indentations. I think it looks the cleanest. In the application, those line spaces will not appear, but they should appear when you view the PDF version of your application.
2. By far, the worst change to the Common Application is that you cannot Print Preview your Common Application and Writing Supplement together.
Since there are no plans to change that functionality, you have to work around it. First, complete the Common Application and the questions specific to one school. Print out the PDF version of your application and scour it thoroughly for mistakes. Once you are happy with it, submit your Common Application to that one school. Do the same for the Common App Writing Supplement next. Skipping the PDF version may cause you to miss some errors. READ MORE