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The Common App
The Common Application
Accepted at over 500 schools worldwide, this site allows you to submit one application to a number of schools. It also now allows students to roll over their accounts from year to year so students can fill out important data about extracurricular activities and achievements as they happen. There is also helpful advice from the “virtual counselor”.
College Application Tips
Avoid These Big College Application Mistakes
This post to the US News & World Report Higher Education blog gives tips from admissions staffers from across the United States on what NOT to do when applying to college.
This site is good for learning about application timelines and getting yourself organized for college as well as searching for schools that meet your criteria. There are articles with helpful tips about choosing colleges, applying to college, and getting financial aid and scholarships. You'll get fast stats about colleges and suggestions about other schools that you may like based on your searches.
Many schools require a personal statement. Generally one essay can be modified to fit the prompt for most schools however it is imperative that the essay fits the prompt. While a great essay will not guarantee admission, a poor essay can severely decrease your chances. Essays are the student’s opportunity to add his or her personality to all the other information that has been supplied.
The goal is to craft an essay that accurately reflects your qualities and character so it is a smart idea to give your essay to your parents and friends to read so you can make sure it accurately reflects you and your personality.
The following links can be helpful for providing further guidance for the essay:
10 Tips for Writing the College Application Essay
Ten suggestions to help with having a good topic and effective writing on your college application essay: (1) Be concise; (2) Be honest; (3) Be an individual; (4) Be coherent; (5) Be accurate; (6) Be vivid; (7) Be likable; (8) Be cautious in your use of humor; (9) Be controversial (if you can); (10) Be smart. Author: Jonathan Reider, director of college counseling at San Francisco University High School, formerly senior associate director of admissions (and humanities instructor) at Stanford University.
This site has suggestions for helping students write their personal application essay. Free features include: Dos and Don'ts; Top 10 Mistakes; myEssay.com Brainstormer ( a questionnaire to help you come up with the perfect topic); Understanding the Question; and Sample Essays (a selection of real admissions essays, with brief comments from myEssay.com. NOTE: This is a commercial website, offering an 'Essay Review Service' for $59.95 and 'eBook downloads' for $2.95.