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UnderstandingThe Common Application:A Toolkit for Programs<br />Scott Anderson, Director of Outreach<br />The Common Appli...
Today’s Goals<br />Association overview and membership update<br />Current year review<br />Support resources<br />Your qu...
The Association<br />Not-for-profit membership association<br />Public and private colleges and universities<br />Four-yea...
2011-12 Membership<br />49 new members (461 total, 1/3 exclusive users)<br />17 new public institutions (62 total)<br />2 ...
Membership Growth<br />
2010-11 Statistics<br />Applications<br />560,000 unique applicants (+18%)<br />2.34 million applications (+23%)<br />Scho...
2011-12 Applicants<br />
School Affiliation<br />
Registration<br />Register at www.commonapp.org<br />2011-12 Common App Online goes live August 1, 2011<br />Students can ...
www.commonapp.org<br />
www.commonapp.org<br />
Parts of the Application<br />Personal, demographic, and family information<br />School information, testing history, acad...
Website Resources<br />Main Menu Bar<br /><ul><li>Common Questions</li></ul> For Applicants: videos, technical requirement...
Website Resources<br />Main Menu Bar<br /><ul><li>Common Questions</li></ul> For Applicants: videos, technical requirement...
   Interactive deadlines and requirements grid</li></li></ul><li>Website Resources<br />Main Menu Bar<br /><ul><li>Common ...
   Interactive deadlines and requirements grid</li></ul>Other Resources<br />   External links regarding testing, financia...
Website Resources<br />Main Menu Bar<br /><ul><li>Common Questions
  For Applicants: videos, technical requirements, FAQ</li></ul>For School Officials: Downloadable presentations<br /><ul><...
   Printable application, whole and in sections
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Understanding the Common Application: A Toolkit for Programs

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The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership association of colleges and universities committed to promoting college access through a holistic admission process. Last year, nearly 500,000 students used Common App Online, the association’s free web-based application service, to apply to 400 different institutions. Of these students, 30% were first-generation applicants. This workshop will familiarize programs with The Common Application and Common App Online, paying particular attention to the site’s extensive support resources. Participants will be invited to offer recommendations on how The Common Application can support community-based counselors as we work together to meet the specific needs of first-generation and low-income students.

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Understanding the Common Application: A Toolkit for Programs

  1. 1. UnderstandingThe Common Application:A Toolkit for Programs<br />Scott Anderson, Director of Outreach<br />The Common Application<br />NPEA National Conference<br />Atlanta 2011<br />
  2. 2. Today’s Goals<br />Association overview and membership update<br />Current year review<br />Support resources<br />Your questions<br />
  3. 3. The Association<br />Not-for-profit membership association<br />Public and private colleges and universities<br />Four-year, accredited, not-for-profit institutions<br />Mission: to promote holistic admission as a path to college access<br />Free services for applicants and secondary schools<br />Volunteer Board of Directors<br />9 chief enrollment officers<br />4 school counselors<br />Two Advisory Committees<br />School and CBO counselors<br />Admission officers<br />
  4. 4. 2011-12 Membership<br />49 new members (461 total, 1/3 exclusive users)<br />17 new public institutions (62 total)<br />2 new public flagships (12 total): University of Kentucky, UNC-Chapel Hill<br />1 new large national private: University of Southern California<br />4 new international universities (6 total): American U of Paris, Franklin College Switzerland, John Cabot University (Italy), University of St. Andrews (UK)<br />2 new states (46 total): Wheeling Jesuit University (WV), Sierra Nevada College (NV)<br />1 new HBCU (5 total): Howard University<br />
  5. 5. Membership Growth<br />
  6. 6. 2010-11 Statistics<br />Applications<br />560,000 unique applicants (+18%)<br />2.34 million applications (+23%)<br />SchoolForms<br /> 17,000 highschoolsrepresented (+22%)<br /> 241,000 schoolofficials have submittedonline (+53%) <br /> 5.34 million schoolformssubmitted (+100%)<br />CommunityBasedOrganizations<br />29,000 responded (5% of applicants)<br />
  7. 7. 2011-12 Applicants<br />
  8. 8. School Affiliation<br />
  9. 9. Registration<br />Register at www.commonapp.org<br />2011-12 Common App Online goes live August 1, 2011<br />Students can create an account now and explore the site, but…<br />They will need to create a new account after August 1<br />Any information entered now will be deleted in July<br />Students should learn what they can nowbut not put too much time into it<br />
  10. 10. www.commonapp.org<br />
  11. 11. www.commonapp.org<br />
  12. 12. Parts of the Application<br />Personal, demographic, and family information<br />School information, testing history, academic honors<br />Extracurricular activities and work experience<br />Writing<br />Short answer about most meaningful activity<br />Personal essay (250-500 words), choice of six topics<br />Supplement<br />About 2/3 require a supplement<br />College-specific questions, different for each college<br />Additional writing in some cases<br />Application fee<br />Paid to the college, not to Common App<br />Fee waivers are available for eligible students<br />
  13. 13. Website Resources<br />Main Menu Bar<br /><ul><li>Common Questions</li></ul> For Applicants: videos, technical requirements, FAQ<br />For School Officials: Downloadable presentations<br />
  14. 14. Website Resources<br />Main Menu Bar<br /><ul><li>Common Questions</li></ul> For Applicants: videos, technical requirements, FAQ<br />For School Officials: Downloadable presentations<br />Download Forms<br /><ul><li> Printable application, whole and in sections
  15. 15. Interactive deadlines and requirements grid</li></li></ul><li>Website Resources<br />Main Menu Bar<br /><ul><li>Common Questions</li></ul> For Applicants: videos, technical requirements, FAQ<br />For School Officials: Downloadable presentations<br />Download Forms<br /><ul><li> Printable application, whole and in sections
  16. 16. Interactive deadlines and requirements grid</li></ul>Other Resources<br /> External links regarding testing, financial aid, and fee waivers<br />
  17. 17. Website Resources<br />Main Menu Bar<br /><ul><li>Common Questions
  18. 18. For Applicants: videos, technical requirements, FAQ</li></ul>For School Officials: Downloadable presentations<br /><ul><li>Download Forms
  19. 19. Printable application, whole and in sections
  20. 20. Interactive deadlines and requirements grid</li></ul>Other Resources<br /> External links regarding testing, financial aid, and fee waivers<br /><ul><li>Contact Us
  21. 21. Clicking Support Center takes you to…</li></li></ul><li>The Support Center<br />24/7 Online Support<br />Searchable Knowledge Base (92% of searches yield needed info)<br />Ask a Question (40 minute average response time)<br />
  22. 22. Questions?<br />What Best Practices do you follow in helping students complete The Common Application?<br />How can The Common Application better support you and your students?<br />
  23. 23. Thank You!<br />Scott Anderson<br />Director of Outreach<br />sanderson@commonapp.org<br />www.commonapp.org<br />

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