The Common Application Launches Its First Mobile App: Common App onTrack

Nov 30, 2015

The Common Application Launches Its First Mobile App: Common App onTrack

Free iPhone App Developed from Student Feedback to Serve as Companion Tool

As students, teachers, counselors, and parents focus on college application deadlines, The Common Application has been dedicated to designing and delivering new tools to support everyone engaged in the admissions process. Now, students may download the free app, Common App onTrack, to keep track of their application progress and ahead of each college deadline. Common App onTrack is a mobile companion to a student’s Common Application account with features such as college submission status view, reminders, and push notifications that help students organize their outstanding tasks and remember upcoming deadlines 24/7. 

The Common Application has released a video to introduce students and high school counselors to Common App onTrack. 

With Common App onTrack users can:

* View the list of colleges on Common Application accounts

* See each college’s submission status

* Add and remove colleges

* Check additional details about what items remain incomplete for every college application

* Search the list of colleges that accept The Common Application and learn more about each one

* Set reminders to stay on track with application requirements

* Receive helpful push notifications about approaching deadlines and remaining tasks 

During the past year, The Common Application hosted several focus groups of students and counselors to use their valuable feedback in offering more resources such as a mobile app. Common App onTrack underwent several stages of beta testing by high school seniors across the country. This first edition of the app was created to meet the needs of students who expressed a desire for a companion tool to help them manage the assignments related to each college deadline rather than a device to complete an application.

Since The Common Application recently announced year-to-year account rollover – Common App accounts created in 2015-2016 will carry over to 2016-2017 and beyond – high school juniors are also encouraged to download Common App onTrack. 

The Common Application plans to continue surveying students who download Common App onTrack and apply their comments to future versions of the app. As most applicant traffic to The Common Application website is from an iOS device, this initial version is available for iPhones (an Android release is expected at a later date).