Students Begin 2015 Admissions Cycle with New Common Application

Nearly 600 students filed applications through the Common Application on Friday when it became available for the 2015 admissions cycle, reported The Washington Post.

Admissions officers and college counselors will be paying close attention to the online system over the next few months, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Last year, the Common Application was revised and had technical problems causing frustration among students, high schools and colleges. The Common App's board of directors hired consultants to review the organization's structure and technology, and the organization is implementing many of their suggestions.

Approximately 813,000 students filed 3.45 million applications in the previous admission cycle through the Common App, the Post reported.

Alternatives include The Universal College Application, which is used by 40 schools. Some schools, like the University of Maryland at College Park and Georgetown University, use their own electronic application systems. The Common Application is likely the best known system for applying to selective schools that use holistic admissions, though, the Post reported.

This year, the Copper Union in New York, High Point University in North Carolina and Ursuline College in Ohio are joining the Common App for the first time.


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