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The New Common Application – Common App

The new common application (“Common App”) will be released on August 1, 2013.  As a student applying to colleges, here’s what you need to know about the common app, so that you’re ready to complete the right information and get into top colleges.

Here are the new common app instructions and essay prompts:

Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

• Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

• Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

• Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

• Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family

Also, you should be aware that there will be new updates to the common app that include:

Higher word count:  The common app essays now have a 250-word minimum and a 650-word maximum limit.   The commonapp will cut your essay short if you try to write above that limit.

• Copy and paste option from MS Word documents:  You will now be able to cut and paste directly from MS Word, pasting your essay onto the commonapp.org website.

New essay prompts:  No longer will there be a “pick your own essay” topic.  You will be limited to the common app essays listed above.

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