Common App essay format to change

The Common Application, which more than 500 colleges and universities around the country use for their admissions, no longer allows prospective college students to answer an essay prompt on a topic of their choice, has set a 650-word limit on the personal essay and has removed the short answer describing an important extracurricular. Rising seniors […]

High Stakes: Chapter 4

By Catherine Wang Alexis the Athlete: Alexis has submitted her Early Action application and financial aid application to St. Mary’s College. The Early Application deadline is Nov. 15. She finds out her admissions decision in mid-December and finds out about her financial aid package in February. She talks to the St. Mary’s head coach and […]

Decisions, decisions

By Jordan McSpadden During my last month in Spain, I looked forward to summer 2010, believing it would be a time to relax and adjust to being back in America. Little did I know, my summer would be filled with college research, the Common Application, and visiting 17 different colleges on the east coast. Most […]

Taking smaller steps for change

The first day of school can be both daunting and exciting. Sophomores will experience the endless flights of stairs, juniors will stop trying to carry all their books at once, and seniors will come to grips with the fact that the Common Application just did not get finished this summer. Nevertheless, we are all excited […]