Evolving the Application Webinars

Evolving the Application is an initiative designed to eliminate barriers that underrepresented students may face when completing our application. In this webinar series, we'll explore mission-critical work Common App is undertaking to evolve the college application process to improve access and give a voice to these students. 

Join us as we embark on this journey to evolve the college application and increase college access for those students who need it most.

Project Recap: Summary of Evolving the App Initiative

When: Wednesday, February 10, 1 pm - 2 pm ET

Details: During this final webinar related to Common App’s Evolving the Application initiative, Common App staff will provide a summary of changes that will be made to our applications beginning on August 1, 2021. Specifically, staff will focus on the changes that will be made to the citizenship, family, sex, gender expression, and religious preference questions beginning in the 2021-22 application cycle.


  • Sadie Harlan, Project Manager, Access & Equity
  • Amy Merhige, Associate Director, User Experience
  • Chris Wright, Vice President, Member Solutions, Common App 

Previous Webinars

School Discipline

Featuring Cataline Cifuentes, Executive Director, Riverside County (CA) Office of Education and Russ Skiba, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University Bloomington, in this session we present detailed analysis of the impact that these questions may have upon underrepresented minorities.


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View our infographic on school discipline.


Featuring Andre Philips, Director of Admissions, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Jonathan B. Williams, Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions, New York University, and Matt López, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Services, Executive Director, Admission Services, Arizona State University. Participants will hear from other members who have taken different approaches to the school discipline question, including :(1) two members who do not consider student responses to the question at all; and (2) another who developed its own narrowly tailored discipline question. Participants may find this information from other members helpful when considering next steps related to school discipline.


Citizenship and Family

Featuring Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director of The Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. In this session we share data on the impact citizenship and family questions have on undocumented students applying to college.



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Military Discharge

During this session, we'll explore the effect of military discharge questions on military veterans.

Featuring guest speakers Jared Lyon, President and CEO, Student Veterans of America and Lauren Augustine, Vice President, Government Relations, Student Veterans of America.



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