Using the Common App can be a huge time-saver when you are applying to multiple colleges. Unfortunately, as with most other admissions processes, there are several misconceptions about the Common App that prevent students from using it to the fullest extent. Here are some facts that you need to know about using the Common App to apply to colleges.
Lots of Colleges Accept the Common App
Nearly 700 institutions accept the Common App as a way for students to submit their applications. However, there are well over 2,000 4-year colleges in the US, so be certain to do your homework ahead of time to ensure the Common App is accepted by the colleges on your list. If a few aren’t, give yourself plenty of time to craft a more traditional application.
One great perk about the Common App is its ability to track deadlines and other important information for the schools you’re interested in applying to. On the Common App’s dashboard, you can see all that info displayed in one convenient place. (Just be sure to double-check the info on the college’s own site. It never hurts to fact check.)
It’s much easier to submit things online rather than go through the hassle of the postal service, right? But there are more benefits than just submission to the Common App. Need to send in a transcript? (Of course you do). Boom, you can upload it online. Need a teacher to write you a recommendation letter? Boom, they can upload it to your page. Nice and simple. The site can help you keep all your necessary materials in one place.
Submit your application as soon as it is completed
Waiting until the last minute gives you plenty of time to revise and edit your application and now that unlimited revisions are allowed, it is even more tempting to wait till just before the deadline. The problem with this is the servers tend to get overloaded with hundreds of students submitting their application during the last couple of days. If the server crashes you risk not being able to send your application within the deadline. It’s just not worth the risk. Fill in the application, proofread it, complete all revisions and press submit well before the submission deadline.