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2015-16 Common Application Changes

By IvyWise on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

Here’s What Families Need to Know About the Changes Coming to the Common Application This Year

The Common Application has announced changes for the 2015-16 application, which opens August 1. For rising seniors, the summer is a prime time to get a head start on college applications, with many completing essays well before the August 1 open date. Because of this, it’s important for students and parents to know what to expect on this year’s Common App.
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2014-15 College Application Essay Prompts

By IvyWise on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Essays Students Can Get Started on Before Aug. 1 Open of Common Application  

As the summer begins to wind down, and the college application season starts up, many colleges and universities across the US have released their essay prompts for the 2014-15 application season, allowing students the opportunity to get a head start.  

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Oct. 28 - Nov. 1

By IvyWise on Fri, Nov 01, 2013 @ 10:55 AM

Early Deadlines are Here, More Schools Accepting Universal College Application

The first of the early decision and early action deadlines are here! It’s been a long week of deadline extension news and more Common App woes, but at IvyWise we like to ease some of the pressure by keeping students and families informed on the latest higher education news.

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More Colleges Accepting the Universal College Application

By IvyWise on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 @ 11:41 AM

 Due to Technical Issues with The Common Application Schools Turn to Alternative  

With early decision and early action deadlines approaching, schools that use the Common Application are extending deadlines and some are turning to the Universal College Application in an effort to ensure students are able to apply on time and with few problems.  

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Tips for Supplemental Essays

By IvyWise on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 11:17 AM

How to Write Stand-Out Supplements

Supplemental essays on the Common Application are a big part of your applicant profile. They help the admissions office learn more about you, demonstrate your interest, and they give you the opportunity to really stand out in the admissions process.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, Sept. 16-20

By IvyWise on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 @ 10:29 AM

Common App Problems Still Prevalent, Is $20,000 of Debt Reasonable?

With September almost over, students applying to college this fall should be starting on the bulk of their applications, especially if they plan to apply early. There's a lot to keep up with this time of year, so we've made it easy to keep track of the news in college admissions and higher education with our weekly news roundup.

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Weekly College Admissions News Roundup, July 29-Aug. 2

By IvyWise on Fri, Aug 02, 2013 @ 09:56 AM

CA4 is Here, How to Answer Those Crazy Application Questions

The admissions landscape is always changing, and here at IvyWise we like to keep families informed on the latest news in college admissions and higher education.

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2013-2014 Common Application Essay Questions

By IvyWise on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 09:57 AM

The Common Application Announces 2013-2014 Essay Prompts, Longer Word Limit

Today the Common Application released the essay prompts for the 2013-2014 application, along with news that they will enforce a strict 650 word limit, an increase of 150 words from the previous 500 word limit.

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College Recommendation Letter Tips from Freshman to Senior Year

By IvyWise on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 11:45 AM

Recommendation Letter Roundup

One of the most critical elements of a stellar college application is a collection of glowing recommendation letters from counselors, teachers and other administrators you have interacted with during your four years of high school. Recommendation letters play a critical role in painting a picture of how you relate to and interact within your academic and extracurricular activities.  

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The Common Application for Undergraduate College Admissions

By Sarah Shanahan on Tue, May 08, 2012 @ 12:34 PM

Changes to the 2012-2013 Common Application

The Common Application, referred to by many as the "Common App," allows college-bound students to apply easily to nearly 500 participating schools using a standardized form and essay questions (some schools do require supplements – read the fine print!). In 2011, nearly 2.5 million Common Apps were submitted by students from 205 countries, with the average student applying to more than four schools. The Common App recently previewed changes to the 2012-2013 edition, including the addition of 37 new schools. In fact the number of schools utilizing the Common Application has grown more than 20 percent in the past two years!

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