Free college advising is only a text away

Common App has joined forces with Mainstay (formerly AdmitHub) and College Advising Corps to deliver free college advising to students like you.

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Get tips and advice

You'll get two or three messages each week that will give you tips and advice to stay on track for reaching your college goals.

Ask all the questions

We've got answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the college admission process. Respond to any of the messages you receive and we'll get back to you with an answer.

Get live help

If you ever need to speak with a real person, we'll connect you with one of the College Advising Corps trained college advisers to get you the advice you need.


Help when you need it

You probably have a lot of questions about what you need to do next. That's why we've partnered with Mainstay (formerly AdmitHub) and College Advising Corps to give students timely advice on navigating the college admissions process. 

Because of your relationship with Common App, over the next couple of months, you'll get free, personalized tips sent straight to your phone from Oli, Mainstay's friendly chatbot, who will give you advice on things like: 

And, if you ever need to chat with a real, live person, Oli will help connect you to a trained college adviser from College Advising Corps, a national non-profit focused on increasing college opportunity for low-income and first-generation students. 

Rest assured that you can opt-out at any time from this free service and we will never use your data in a way that is not consistent with our privacy policy found here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know what else is involved with this text-based advising program? We've put together a few answers to some questions you may have.

How often can I expect to receive a message?

Message frequency varies, but you can expect to receive 2-3 text messages a week, in addition to any responses to your questions.

How do I unsubscribe or opt-out of receiving messages?

You can opt-out by texting STOP to the bot. To resume, you can text the bot START.

Is my information safe?

Common App is contacting you based on our existing relationship with you as an applicant for college on our system and this relationship is subject to Common App’s Privacy Policy.  If you choose to interact with our trusted partner Mainstay (through their chatbot) and/or CAC (college advising), you will be, of course, subject to their privacy policy and terms of use. 

Neither Common App, Mainstay and CAC will share or use your data outside the scope of delivering the services described herein. You can access Mainstay's privacy policy here and CAC’s privacy policy here.

Is this really free?

There is no cost to enroll in this program. Common App, Mainstay and College Advising Corps are providing their support and expertise free of charge. Because you will be receiving this support via text message, standard text message rates do apply.

What kinds of questions can I ask?

You can ask any questions about college. We’re here to help! A lot of the support and resources will focus on finishing any college applications, selecting a school that is the right fit for you, understanding financial aid offer letters, and how to pay for college. But please feel free to ask other questions about college that you might have!

How can I connect with a live coach?

Oli the chatbot will try to respond to any of your questions 24/7. If Oli doesn’t know the answer, they’ll flag your question for a trained college adviser from College Advising Corps. A CAC adviser will respond via text within 1 - 2 business days. 

These will be planned as needed and you’ll be given information about how to participate via text!

Awesome chatbot

Mainstay (formerly AdmitHub) blends AI chatbot technology with industry expertise and research-backed conversational strategy to guide students on a personalized path to and through college.

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Amazing coaches

College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. 

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Common App is providing this college coaching service through a collaboration with Mainstay (formerly AdmitHub) and College Advising Corps.  By engaging with Mainstay (formerly AdmitHub) and/or College Advising Corps, you will be subject to those organization's privacy policy and terms of use regarding the use of your personal information. You can access Mainstay's privacy policy here and Chatbot terms here. CAC’s privacy policy can be found here.