You Only Get One Chance to Make a First Impression
How is it possible that a student could be accepted at Harvard and MIT, and rejected by the University of Chicago and Stanford? How could it be that a student with a 3.9 unweighted GPA, 1550 SAT, and six 5’s on the AP exams is rejected by all eight Ivy League colleges? How could a student with a TOEFL score just over 100 get rejected by Carlton and Smith, but accepted by Harvard?
The answer is that college admissions is a lot like a Rubik’s cube; spin all the dials correctly and you can successfully navigate through the ocean of numbers, tests, extracurricular activities, recommendations, interviews, demonstrated interest factors, scholarships, and essays. But then again, one wrong move can hurt your chances. College admission is a science that requires a strategic, proven, and systematic approach.
In all, there are more than 200 factors that go into colleges’ decisions. From those 200, NC Global pulls out your personal 50 that will increase your likelihood of success. With your own personal 50-Point Plan for college admission, all you have to do is follow your individual roadmap to success. And as for that Rubik’s cube, we can show you how to master that as well!
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The Common Application
The vast majority of students applying to college in America use the Common Application (more commonly known as the Common App) which is a college application aggregator representing more than 700 colleges and universities across America and a selection of colleges in other countries. Two other application aggregators, the Coalition Application and the Universal Application, are equally useful though not as widely used or accepted.
Common App Basics
On its surface, the Common App is a web portal into which you enter information and essays that are then sent to all Common App member colleges to which you are applying. It aggregates your biographical information, as well as information about your family, your school, your courses, your education, your testing, your activities, your performances (including videos), your portfolio, and your additional information, if any. It also aggregates your financial aid status, recommendations, personal essay, and school- specific writing tasks that may or may not include additional essays. If your high school subscribes to Naviance, then teacher and counselor recommendations, and your transcript, are sent directly to the Common App. Otherwise, you will have to add your grades and manage your teacher and counselor recommendations manually. Some Common App sections are strictly by the numbers while others require skillful entry of critical information, all of which is designed to tell a cohesive and persuasive story about the applicant.
The Common Application Inclusions
- Specific College Info
- Supplemental Essays/Questions
- Financial Aid
- Class Rank
- Test Scores and Dates
- Application Deadlines
- Personal Info
- Application Dashboard
- Academic Honors
- Personal Essay
- Family Info
- Other Information
Common App Beyond the Basics
While the Common App does collect objective data, in the hands of NC Global experts it becomes a sales tool for your college candidacy. That is because there is far more to the Common App than meets the eye! Other than information from interviewers and data collected from other sources, colleges rely on the Common App to provide their admission committees with information needed to make appropriate decisions about their incoming class. How the information in your Common App is structured, detailed, and described can be a determining factor in how you are perceived and whether or not you are accepted.
Colleges Not on the Common App
A few well-known colleges such as MIT, Georgetown, University of California (all nine campuses), Penn State, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech do not use the Common App. Each of these colleges uses its own application. One single application is used to apply to any or all the nine campuses in the University of California system.
Applications for non Common App institutions are fundamentally no different from the common application, though the questions they ask tend to be more specifically aligned to the individual college.