What’s New with the Common Application?

A lot has been happening with The Common Application (or as The Common Application says…’appening) these days.

A lot has been happening with The Common Application (or as the Common Application says…’appening) these days. In February, the Common Application made some changes to its essay prompts for the 2017-18 college admissions season.

You can find these prompts here.

Students can feel free to start writing any time.


Summarizing the Changes

Self Reporting of Grades and Course Work

The Common Application will ask for names of classes to be taken or have been taken, as well as grades to be submitted on the application. Previously, the application asked only for current coursework and self-reporting of the GPA was optional.

Google Drive Integration

The Common App will offer a way for students to upload documents like essays and resumes directly from Google Drive into their applications.

Adding Advisers

The Common App will finally allow students to assign advisers to view work and check on progress. The drawback here is who is a certified adviser? Students and parents need to be prudent in determining this designation (see the link below to read the article in its entirety).

Translation to Spanish

Because many students in the US have Spanish as their first language, ‘key information’ of the Common Application will be translated into Spanish for greater access.


Note, that this is a short summary, there are details that need more than a perusal, and I advise strongly reading this article from The Washington Post. To keep up with the Common Application, refer to the What’s (app)ening blog.


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