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The 2017-18 Common App is Live!

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Yes, you read that correctly! For months we’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the shiny, updated Common Application for the 2017-18 application season and it’s finally here! So, now what?!

First, things first. Make an account (if you haven’t already). Hop on the new platform and familiarize yourself! There are a bunch of new features and awesome supplemental essays this year. Start to compile your target school list and take a peek at each college’s requirements. How many activity essays do you need to write? Which schools will allow you to submit a full resume? Which schools are we mad at for not having their applications fully uploaded to the system on August 1? (We’re looking at you, Princeton.)

If all of this seems overwhelming — don’t panic. We will be back soon with more written tutorials and even a video guide to navigating the 2017-18 platform. But in the meantime, poke around and see what this year’s application has to offer you. (Hint: a lot of access to Google Drive!)

While you’re eagerly awaiting our expert application breakdown, feel free to familiarize yourself with the Common App’s personal statement prompts. If you haven’t started writing that essay yet, guess what? It’s time. We even made a guide for you!

See you on the flip side (of the Common App tutorial release)!


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