Elite Colleges Asking Disciplinary Question

Earlier this month, we announced to much fanfare that The Common Application had removed the disciplinary prompt, a prompt that disproportionately negatively impacted minority, often low-income applicants. College applicants would no longer be required to indicate whether or not they had been cited for a disciplinary violation at their high … 

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The Common Application Addresses Systemic Racism

Over the years, we’ve been quite critical of The Common Application. We’re especially vocal around college admissions deadlines since The Common App. has a history of, well, going down at key moments. As an example, we had a student this past Regular Decision deadline who nearly fainted when the platform … 

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A Salute to The Common Application

Yes, you read that headline correctly. We’re saluting The Common Application, a company we historically love to poke fun at when, say, their platform goes down as college applicants are applying at deadlines. So why are we saluting Common App. today? Because the organization through which millions of students apply … 

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The Virtue Signaling of The Common Application

When you’re feeling blue about the state of our country and the heinous acts of sedition committed at the United States Capitol this week by a group of domestic terrorists, it seems natural to want to reach out to someone to express your thoughts, right? Well, enter The Common Application, … 

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The Glitches of The Common Application

Over the years, we’ve chided The Common Application for their technical glitches, for asking a question that at times disadvantaged underrepresented minorities, and a whole host of other issues. Well, we’re not done yet. Today, we wish to scold them for, yes, more technical glitches. After all these years, you’d … 

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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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