The 2015-2016 Common Application, an online application system that allows students to input their undergraduate application information once and have it sent to all student selected member schools, went live today. This one-time input is a great time saver! However, most schools require additional input which is unique to their institution (supplemental essays, portfolios, etc.) With so many components to the college application process, things can still get quite confusing. Students should take their time setting up their Common Application accounts. Errors made early on can make the process much more challenging than it needs to be.
3 Key Things Seniors Should Do Before Setting Up The Common App Account
- Gather the following items before you sit down at the computer to set up your account: a copy of your transcript and your senior year courses, a list of your activities, dates and scores from standardized tests and parent information (address, employment information, education)
- Set up a system for keeping track of login information. ( EDNavigators students should record their usernames and passwords in their Guided Path account.) There will be many passwords to keep track of as you apply to college. Keep your Common App username and password recorded in a place where you will remember it (Your username will be your email. You’ll need to use this exact email to link your family connection/naviance account to the common app so your transcript and recommendations can be sent from you high school. )
- Bookmark these two sites for easy access over the next few months: The Common App Login Page The Common App Training Resources Library (The resource library has a lot of valuable set up information and answers to many troubleshooting questions.)
In addition to getting started with the basics of the Common App, seniors may want to get started on their Common Application essay. The 2015-2016 Common Application Essay prompts can be found here.
Sandy Aprahamian, EDNavigators LLC