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PART 2: Using the Common Application

Megan Roy, Editor

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Another aspect in preparing for college is the application process itself.

There are 677 universities currently accepting and utilizing The Common Application. If you have not yet started your common app, here is the link: http://www.commonapp.org

Since every university does not accept The Common Application, it is essential that you look on the website of each school to which you plan on applying.  Look under the admissions tab to determine their usage of this.

The next step, is filling out your application and adding the colleges in which you have interest and to which want to apply.

If you have not yet asked your teachers for letters of recommendation, now is the best time to do so, especially when applying early decision or early action.

It is also essential to take into account the specific deadlines for each school’s application, which are as early as November 1st.

Standardized test scores, such as those of the SAT and ACT, need to be sent directly from the testing agency, which can be completed through College Board or ACT.

As you are all diligently working on your college application essays in English class, keep in mind that many schools do require supplemental essays. I recommend that following your completion of the Common Application, you look at the schools’ requirements, so that when it comes time to actually apply, you are well prepared.

Continuing communication with your guidance counselor is of utmost importance. Remember, they are there to help you, not make your lives harder.

Check back on thewesterlybarker.com weekly for more updates regarding the college process!

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