As of tomorrow August 1, 2012, high school seniors will be able to formally begin filling out applications to colleges that are members of the Common Application. The process of filling out information online will be the start of an often time-consuming process so it is wise for those students who are around now to get a jump on their applications.
There is little that has changed in format from years prior. There is still a short answer that seeks students to elaborate on one of their extracurricular activities or work experience and the maximum word count is 150 words. (There will be an actual cut-off electronically when the application is sent!). In addition, there are still 6 choices for the personal essay, among which is the “topic of your choice” so basically the essay is open-ended. This essay should not be longer than 500 words but there is no such electronic cut-off.
Please be advised that not all colleges that are members of the Common Application will have their supplements up and running as of August 1 but they will be streaming in as they always have.
So – register with a user name and password and let your process begin!