The Common App is an online college admission application which prospective students can use to submit to any of a variety of over 800 member schools and colleges in 48 states and the District of Columbia. This application has proven very useful for students who are looking for a college that they can afford and who are looking to attend a college that is not located in their home state.
Students are evaluated based on four main areas of information. The first area includes SAT/ACT scores, which are standardized in terms of how high the student is in Math, Reading, Science, and Spelling, or any combination of these areas. The second area includes GPA's (graded on a numerical scale from A+ to F), which are also standardized in this way.
The next step in the application is the personal essay. This is essentially a letter of intent, written by the student describing why they are applying, why they are interested in enrolling, what kind of person they are, and what their academic goals are. This letter should be submitted alongside the Common App application form. Students are also expected to list a list of extracurricular activities they participate in on a regular basis.
The third part of the college admissions process is the admission interview. In most cases, students will be required to speak with one or more administrators about one or two areas in their application, which they feel are most relevant to them. This interview is often held by a committee, although it may also include a panel of professors. During the interview, students will likely be asked about their SAT/ACT scores and GPA/GPA.
The final step is to submit the Common App application to the college or school of your choice. Each school will have different requirements regarding how and when one should submit the application. Students are encouraged to submit their applications early, especially if they are not planning to attend the college or school of their choice in the near future. There are usually strict deadlines for submitting the application, which usually requires students to do so between January and February, depending on the particular college.
In order to ensure the success of the Common App, students should make sure they include all the necessary pieces of information. The essay should contain a thorough description of the student's strengths and weaknesses, what extracurricular activities they are involved in, what academic goals they have set for themselves, and their plans for the future, and hopes for the college, and/or the future, and more. The essay should be carefully worded and well-organized, but easy to read and understand.
Students should also include in their Common App applications a detailed statement explaining what they hope to gain from attending the college or school of their choice. This statement should clearly express the purpose of attending, where the student expects to meet their goals, how they will meet them, what they expect from their new college, the campus atmosphere, whether the school offers a similar academic atmosphere to their previous schools, what kind of extracurricular opportunities they will have, and anything else . . . . . . the students might be interested in.
Students should always keep these details in mind as they go through the application. In many cases, these details will be enough to guarantee the successful completion of the application and enrollment into the college or school of their choice.
The last step in completing the application is to send it back to the college or school of the students need. After receiving it, students should review the requirements. A school may request an application be sent back with certain documentation, which means that the college must provide the necessary information for the student to submit the application without any questions. If there is any question, the students should always get the necessary documentation before submitting their Common App.
It is important for students to remember that the school's decision about whether or not to accept their application will ultimately depend on several factors. Most importantly, the college or school will consider how well the application was written, and whether or not the student presented it, how well they answered the questions on the application, and the school's admission standards.
Whether the students submit the Common App early, submit it properly, and submit it correctly, students can have the chance to fulfill their dream of attending a respected, prestigious college or university. The Common App has been around for quite some time and continues to be a valuable tool for students who want to earn a college degree.