Common App Needs a Reality Check

It’s not April Fools’ Day. The Common Application announced today that they’ve developed a mobile version of their platform. This way, students can apply to colleges on their phones. Does anyone else see the issue we happen to see? Who on planet earth applies to college on their phones? In … 

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The Common Application Takes Action to Address Systemic Racism

We recently saluted The Common Application for taking decisive action to address systemic racism. And what did Common App. do, you ask? The organization that makes the central platform through which the vast majority of college applicants apply to colleges opted to eliminate the prompt that asked applicants to answer … 

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A Salute to The Common Application

Over the years, we’ve criticized The Common Application plenty. From website glitches to their crafting of poorly worded questions, let’s just say that we’ve been a thorn in the side of this organization for many years. It should be said, however, that Common App. often does address our criticisms — … 

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Common Application Merges with Reach Higher

The Common Application, the college application platform with the widest reach, has announced a merger with Reach Higher, a college access initiative begun by former First Lady Michelle Obama. The merger was announced at the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization to which Ivy … 

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Criminal History Question on Common Application

Beginning in the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, the criminal history question will no longer be a part of the Common Application, the most widely used college application platform. This change marks a course reversal for Common App. since just last year the organization made a public announcement that the question would … 

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2018-2019 Common Application Essay Prompts

The Common Application, the college application with a subscriber base of over 700 colleges and universities, has announced its essay prompts for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle. The seven prompts for the Personal Statement will remain the same as the essay prompts from the 2017-2018 admissions cycle. This announcement by Common … 

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Maryland Bans the Box in College Admissions

Should colleges be allowed to ask applicants if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime? Should they be allowed to ask applicants if they’ve ever been arrested? Should they be allowed to ask applicants for details on any convictions or arrests? These are questions that have been up for debate … 

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Ethnic Background Subcategories on the Common Application

The Asian American Coalition for Education has in the past filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education to probe the admissions practices at certain Ivy League schools, including Yale University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, and most famously Harvard University. It is the AACE’s complaint filed with the Departments of … 

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CollegeNet’s Challenge to Common App.

As our United States Justice Department sues to try to block the AT&T / Time Warner merger, we thought we’d revisit our discussion of the lawsuit brought by CollegeNet, the maker of the Coalition application platform, against the Common Application. CollegeNet has been involved in a legal battle with the … 

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The Common App Goes Down Again

Here we go again. It seems like déjà vu — as thousands upon thousands of students were just about ready to click ‘submit’ on their Early Decision and Early Action applications less than two days before the looming deadline, the Common Application went down. The Common Application cited “technical difficulties” as … 

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