The College Common Application is available! Janet Rosier Shares some important news for those with family members applying for college in her information column
Here is the link to Janets blog, “Next Stop: College” which is published in the Hearst Connecticut newspapers online editions: Connecticut Post, Danbury News Times, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, The Norwalk Hour, Darien News, Westport News, New Canaan News, Fairfield Citizen.
the article is quoted below:
The Common Application 2019-2020 is Live! The newest version of the Common App, along with their new abstract logo, is ready for the high school class of 2020 to start filling out and submitting.
The Common Application was established in 1975 by 15 private colleges, to streamline college admissions by using a standard college application that all of the “member colleges” would accept. Today, there are close to 900 colleges and universities that are members of the Common App. To appreciate their growth and market share, they had about 500 members in 2015. Now the Common Application can boast that they have member colleges in all 50 states and also count 64 international colleges as members.
Each year the Common App shuts down for a few days to clear out the information from the previous admissions cycle, add any new tweaks to the application and add new college members. Their website states that this year they have made changes so students will enjoy a “more positive application experience on their mobile devices and tablets with a more flexible interface.”
For the Class of 2020, students can now use the Common Application to apply to these new college members. The south is enjoying a bigger presence including these public institutions in Florida–The University of Florida (Go Gators!), Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Atlantic University. The University of South Carolina, The University of Arkansas and Elon University have also joined.
The Common Application can be a big time saver. However, it really should be considered Part I of your application. Each college to which students apply will also have their own “supplement” to the Common App that asks questions specific to their institution – these may include their desired major, how they plan to apply (e.g. Early Decision or Regular Decision), if they plan to live on campus, etc. These supplements might also include one or even several additional essays.
Connecticut students can use the Common App to apply to almost all of the four year not-for-profit colleges and universities in the state.
University of Connecticut
Central Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University
Sacred Heart University
University of Bridgeport
University of Hartford
University of New Haven
University of St. Joseph
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