Each year the Common Application (CA) increases its reach. There are now 700 colleges who accept it and last year there were 942,000 students from 210 countries who utilized it to submit over 4 million applications. Students averaged 4.7 applications each. The size and scope of this service is breathtaking.
CA 2016-17 will launch on August 1, 2016. It will close down for a few days in late July to make that transition, but students who have already registered an account will roll over to the new application. When the roll over happens, all six sections in the main application will move. Thus, things like their user name and password, My College List, Activity and Honors section, and biographical information will transfer.
There are things that will not roll over such as:
- Individual college supplement questions and essays
- Recommender activity
- Submission information
- Pdfs of submitted applications
Parents and students are encouraged to create a practice account that will not be sent to colleges. In fact, homeschooling families that will serve as counselors can create a test account as a student and invite themselves as a counselor to see how that process works. Check Common App Ready for a great introduction to the process! This also introduces Common App onTrack, a mobile companion that can help students stay on track during the application season.
There are some nice improvements this year. For example the account will automatically save every 90 seconds when a student is actively working in a section. If they leave the computer for some reason, their work will automatically save before they time out. There is also an enhanced college search to help them pinpoint schools of interest and a more clear path to complete all the steps of the process. Students who need scholarships can check the box to be connected to Scholar Snapp resources.
The Applicant Solutions Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a Help Center link in the footer of every CA page. Their response time is under 20 minutes and decreases to 10 minutes during peak deadlines.
Don’t forget that CA has a You Tube Channel as well that will literally walk you through the application process.
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