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The Common App Announces New Application for Transfer Students

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The Common App has been a staple for college applicants for years, allowing undergraduate hopefuls to apply to multiple schools through the power of one application (with the choice of one essay prompt). The problem, however, was that all applicants found themselves facing an application meant for high school seniors, when only a fraction of Common App users fit that description.

The Common App has finally acknowledged this disconnect, announcing that they will be introducing an application designed specifically for transfer students that accounts for the rich and diverse experiences of adults nationwide.

In their announcement, The Common App cited the National Center for Education Statistics, saying that High School seniors only accounted for 15% of current undergraduates. The remaining 85% of undergrads are students who began at community colleges, joined the military, or are returning students seeking a higher degree. Since the current Common App appeals to only 15% of the student body, it makes perfect sense that they are adapting to keep up with the modern transfer applicant.

The President and CEO of The Common Application, Jenny Rickard said, “Providing a dynamic and robust application for this important, but under-recognized group of learners will promote inclusiveness and expand educational opportunity for more individuals who are seeking post-secondary education.”

The new application will be available for 10 to 12 colleges in early 2018 with a full release scheduled for August 2018. As always, we will be keeping tabs on any new updates and are always available to help transfer students brainstorm innovative ways to present their best selves to admissions, regardless of the platform they use!

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