The Common Application
The Common Application, known as Common App, is accepted by more than 900 schools, and helps streamline the tedious process of applying for colleges. Information, including your name, address, grades, extracurriculars, and parental employment, will just be entered one time so you don’t have to spend extra time inputting this in multiple applications.
It’s a good idea to start your Common Application around August 1, when applications open up. This will give you enough time to get all of your background information in and explore any questions you have before you get ready to start your senior year. The essay you will write in the Common App will be used by all colleges you choose to apply to, so it’s important to keep your essay broad but specific to yourself.
When you apply via the Common Application you will be asked to write an essay responding to one of seven prompts. Be sure to read each prompt carefully and choose the one that speaks to you the most or the one you feel you have the most to write about.