CommonApp.Org – Part 1

So, with the help of my dear friend Isabel, I learned how to work the CommonApp website. It’s safe to say that I had made using it a lot harder than it actually is. Honestly, I love the website. It makes it so much easier to know which college needs what forms, as opposed to having thousands of papers sitting in a folder at home, getting cluttered and mixed together.

Here are the steps you’ll be taking:

1) Make your screenname

2.)Add your list of colleges

3) Look over the specifics of each college – Do any of your colleges require payments? If so, which ones? For how much? Which ones require supplements? I suggest creating a table and writing all this down (with boxes to check off when something specific is completed). It’s always nice to have a hard copy of it.

4) Look at the subheading Future Plans (under the Common App heading) for each college and fill it out. You have to fill this section out separately for each college because each one has multiple deadlines that you’ll have to decide between.

  • Early Decision – sent in early and is binding. If you get into a college under this deadline, you’re obligated to go here.
  • Early Action – sent in early, but is not binding.
  • Regular Decision – is not sent in early, and is also not binding.

Now, with all these different deadlines to choose from – and with multiple colleges – it can be a bit daunting to decide which one you want to send in when. You don’t know how busy your senior year will be, and you definitely don’t want to overload yourself. So what I did was write down each college with all the different deadlines next to it.

  • Kenyon – Nov 15, 2010(ED1)/Jan 15, 2011(ED2)/Jan 15, 2011(RD)*
  • Butler – Nov 15, 2010(EA1)/Jan 15, 2011(EA2)/Feb 15, 2011(RD)
  • Denison – Nov 15, 2010(ED1)/Jan 15, 2011(ED2)/Jan 15, 2011(RD)*
  • Hanover – Dec 1, 2010(EA)/Mar 1, 2011(RD)
  • Miami – Nov 1, 2010(ED)/Dec 1, 2010(EA)/Feb 1, 2011(RD)
  • University of Dayton – Dec 15,2010(EA)/Mar 1, 2011(RD)

I know that I want to go to Kenyon if I get in, so I obviously picked an Early Decision deadline (which also meant that I only had one option for Denison’s deadline, Regular Decision.)

  • Kenyon – Nov 15, 2010(ED)
  • Denison – Jan 15, 2011(RD)

But after that, it was mostly about preference. It all depends on what kind of person you are, how you live your life, and how many colleges you’re applying to.

  • Kenyon – Nov 15, 2010(ED)
  • Butler – Nov 15, 2010(EA1)
  • Miami – Dec 1, 2010(EA)
  • UD – Dec 15, 2010(EA)
  • Denison – Jan 15, 2011(RD)
  • Hanover – Mar 1, 2011(RD)

*Both Early Decision II and Regular Decision had the same date.


At this point, I’m going to mention that two of my colleges – University of Cincinnati and University of Pittsburgh – are Rolling Admissions. As far as I can tell, it means that you can apply at any time, but they don’t accept if you don’t qualify or if the class has filled up. Now, because of this, many applicants are often wait-listed. I don’t want this to happen, and I’m sure no one else does, because you can never be a good judge of whether you’ll get into the other colleges or not. So, the best bet is to get the applications in early. For me, I’m going to try to get those two applications in around the same time as Kenyon and Butler. Although, if I find I really need to, I can always push it back.

Last note – neither UC or U. of Pitt were a part of the Common App website. I’m not sure if it’s because they’re Rolling Admissions, but this means that you’ll have to go to their own website and make an account there and apply. It’s basically the same as the Common App website, so far as I can tell. I’ll make a post if anything of importance comes up with these two applications.

Stay posted for the next installment – and feel free to leave a question or comment below!




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