UPDATE: The common application is now active.
The Common Application, used by 414 colleges for their applications, has announced that the 2010-2011 application will not be available until August 1. This is a month later than the traditional July 1 release.
In the meantime there is a preview copy of the Common Application that students can review to understand what information they will need to complete the application. The preview Common Application also allows students to review the essay prompts for the critical personal essay prompt.
I generally advise students to begin working on their personal essay during the summer when they have more time. This is particularly important for those students that are applying to colleges that have their own required supplemental essays.
Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the preview Common Application.
I don’t really understand the context of this Common Application. Would you please explain me more about it?
Todd Johnson says
The common application is a single college application that you can use to apply to over 400 colleges in the US. This is done online at their website, http://www.collegeapp.org.
At that website, you register for free and then choose which colleges you wish to send the common application to. It is meant to simplify the process of applying to those colleges that use the common application.