Update: Read the latest tips for the 2016-17 Common App.
The Common Application launches today, and students around the country will have the opportunity to login and begin filling out the information within. While we recommend students create an account and begin to poke around the application’s dashboard and other tools, we also want students to know that there is no inherent value in submitting the application as quickly as possible—especially if that means sacrificing the quality of the materials within. Every year an article highlights the kid who submitted the first application of the year. Pay no mind. When apps are read months from now, there’ll be no timestamp on the forms—no priority list based on when apps come in.
For help with the Common App itself, return to us often. In addition to comprehensive posts on the Common App’s new interface for this year, our Common App expert Elyse Krantz joined fellow educator Beth Heaton on College Coach’s Getting In: A College Coach Conversation radio show this week to help make sense of all the ins and outs of the app. If you need a helping hand or just want a little clarity in an opaque process, look no further. Take your time, get comfortable, and set up a strategy to find success over these next few months, both with your applications and the rest of your final year of high school!
Check out Elyse’s other Common App articles:
- What to Know About the 2015-16 Common App: Part 1
- What to Know About the 2015-16 Common App: Part 2
- What to Know About the 2015-16 Common App: Part 3
- Common App Essay Prompts for 2015-2016
- 10 Biggest Changes to the 2015-16 Common Application
Listen to Elyse’s segments on the 2015-16 Common App on Getting In: A College Coach Conversation:
- New Common App Prompts for 2015-2016: What You Need to Know
- Common App 2015: Everything You Need to Know | Part 1
- Common App 2015: Everything You Need to Know | Part 2