Common App Ready Introduces Spanish Resources

May 17, 2017

Common App Ready Introduces Spanish Resources

Last month, Common App Ready received a new look and design to make it easier for you to find and use the resources in this comprehensive training toolkit. Now you will have one more set of materials at your fingertips: Spanish language translations.

The first set of Common App Ready translations rolls out this week and addresses a range of topics: preparing for college, support for parents, application fees and fee waivers, a quick guide to the application, and the benefits of using the Common App. More translations will follow in the coming months.

The new resources will benefit all students who claim Spanish as a first language or speak it at home, and they will also assist the counselors who support them. “Our many Spanish-speaking families will certainly appreciate the new Common Application resource materials,” predicts Lynn Ossowski, College Counselor at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, Arizona.

Ms. Ossowski also believes the translations will supplement an already robust training library. “I am looking forward to linking the Common App Ready documents, videos, and tutorials to my fall college newsletter, creating a user-friendly path to working with the Common Application. I have already begun to use the High School Information Sheet with juniors and encouraged them to complete as much of the application as possible before we reconvene in the fall.”

Common App members will also find great value in these resources, according to April Crabtree, Director of Undergraduate Admission and Recruitment at the University of San Francisco. “I am inspired by the launch of new Spanish language materials that aim to engage families more fully in this important and exciting time in students' lives. Bilingual families are often marginalized in the college search process with programming, websites, and documentation available solely in English. This is a tremendous first step in creating more pathways to access for students and families as they embark on this journey together. I am proud that USF is a member of The Common Application and look forward to the continued expansion of second-language materials.”

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