Now that you have probably finished your state school college applications, you most likely are now focused on getting applications done for the private colleges on your list.
You may have already discovered that most private colleges use The Common Application; in fact, more than 600 colleges utilize this form of application. Go to commonapp.org.
You will find that you are able to complete just this one application for several different colleges, with the possibility, though, that one college’s essay requirement may be different than another’s.
The prompts are structured to be no more than 650 words, on the following topics:
- A background, identity, interest or talent that is meaningful to you.
- Lesson from a failure.
- A time you challenged a belief or idea.
- A problem you’ve solved.
- An accomplished that signified your transition from childhood to adulthood.
Your high school will be notified to send a counselor’s report and grades — but you will want to stay tuned in to make sure they are submitted on a timely basis. Additionally, letters of recommendation may be required by your colleges. Request those early in the process, as it takes up to an hour to prepare a good one.
If you have questions, Common App technical support personnel are available 24/7.