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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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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The Legal Challenge to the Common Application

The Common Application, the platform of choice for the vast majority of students applying to college across America, is under legal fire. And we can’t say we didn’t see it coming as Ivy Coach’s famous crystal ball predicted a legal challenge to the Common Application years ago. In fact, in … 

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Common Application Is Now Live

The Common Application is now live, the Common Application is now live! The Redcoats are coming, the Redcoats are coming! The Common Application went live on this first day of August 2017 and lo and behold, there are some glitches. For those who don’t follow the college admissions process year … 

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New Common App Essay Prompt

There will be a new Common App. essay prompt for students applying for admission to colleges this year. The question reads as follows: “Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of … 

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In Support of the Universal College Application

Bev Taylor, Founder of Ivy Coach, was recently featured in an article of Brown University’s “Brown Daily Herald” on the topic of the Universal College Application. If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, you know that Ivy Coach has been quite critical of the Common Application over … 

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Colleges Join Universal College Application

As you may remember from this past admissions cycle, Ivy Coach was highly critical of all the flubs by the makers of The Common Application. We pointed these mistakes out one by one and we even went so far as to question whether or not The Common Application was potentially … 

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Common App Shakeup

If you’re a regular reader of our college admissions blog, you know that we’ve been very tough on the Common Application this year, even questioning whether or not the company is restraining trade. We can’t think of a year in which the company has made more mistakes and experienced more … 

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Common App

Yes, we’re all about writing about the Common App. this week! Our Founder, Bev Taylor, has an article up today on “The Huffington Post” entitled “The Common Application: A Violation of Restraint of Trade?” that we wanted to share with our readers. In the past, we’ve written about how some … 

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The Common Application’s Discipline Question

In our September 2008 Newsletter, Discipline Questions on the College Application, we suggested that before students checked the “yes” box on the Common Application where it asked: “Have you ever been adjudicated guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor, felony, or other crime,” their parent should consult with an attorney. We said this … 

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