Changes on the Way for Common App

Say it isn't so! "Topic of your choice” will no longer be an essay prompt on the Common App. This is just one of the changes when the eight-million-dollar re-vamp is unveiled on August 1, 2013 (current high school seniors- you're in the clear, so feel free to choose your topic). Here are a few other things that will be different in the new model:

  • essay length remains the same at 250-500 words, but those limits will be strictly enforced in the new version. Put simply, if you go over or under the word minimum or maximum, you'll get an error message.
  • the on-screen experience will also differ in the new version. Users can expect fewer questions per page as well as a progress checklist to see what has been completed and what needs to be done.
  • the new version will not allow users to upload a resume', although individual colleges can add that option.
  • the paper version will disappear as the Common App moves to online only.
Originally started in 1975 by 15 colleges, the Common App is now used by nearly 500 colleges and universities. It's easy to find out which colleges participate by checking All Members at the Common Appp website.

For a full report on the upcoming changes, check out "Meet the New Common App" in The Chronicle of Higher Ed.

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