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.
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.
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.
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.
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!