Happy New Year, Common App!

Aug 01, 2018

Happy New Year, Common App!

Happy New Year, Common App!

With the launch of the 2018-2019 application year on August 1 comes a great opportunity to make “Common App Resolutions.” Resolutions can help you make commitments to yourself, stay focused, and set and achieve important goals. Just as you make resolutions at the beginning of a calendar year when the clock strikes midnight, we hope that the opening of the new application year will inspire you to start fresh - rested and ready to take on the application process ahead of you.

Here are a few Common App Resolutions that you can easily stick to in order to get yourself ready to apply.

Broaden your horizons - explore! As you create your college list, discover colleges and universities that you might not have considered at first glance. A great place to start is the Explore Colleges tool on the Common App website. Here, you can search more than 800 colleges and universities that accept the Common App. The available opportunities might pleasantly surprise you!

Reduce stress by pacing yourself. We can’t say it enough - don’t try to tackle all your college application tasks at the last minute! Spread them out over time to avoid unnecessary stress when you are ready to hit the Submit button. Account Rollover lets you navigate the application on your schedule, at your pace, so you're better prepared when it's time to apply. When you're ready, you can create your account to explore questions on the application and begin crafting your responses for parts of the application, such as the activities section and personal essay.

Get organized! Use the days before the busyness of the academic year begins to gather your application materials. There are so many little things you can do to prepare:

* Start asking your teachers and counselors for recommendations. They have many, many students to assist. Ask early so they can prepare as well.

* Request test scores as needed. It will be a huge relief to get this small, yet important, task out of the way. Check it off your list!

Download Common App onTrack. Our free mobile app, available in the Apple and Google Play app stores, is a critical companion tool to help you search for and explore colleges, manage recommendations, keep track of critical deadlines, and more. Image that - a Common App personal assistant in your pocket!

And don’t forget to ask for help! Turn to your counselors, teachers, peers, parents, and of course, us! The Common App team is here to help 24/7/365: appsupport.commonapp.org.

So, what’s your Common App Resolution this year? What are your goals? What else would you recommend for someone to be #CommonAppReady? We hope you’ll share with us - and, most importantly, we hope you remember that a college education is the most important investment you can make in yourself. Applying to college will be your most important Common App Resolution this year!