Common App Ready
A complete toolkit of tips and best practices designed to help your students complete their applications successfully and on time.
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Getting started
Get to know the Common App and how the application works.
Use these resources to help your students get acquainted with what the Common App is and how it works. They'll learn about unfamiliar terms, what international students need to know, and more.
After viewing this document, you will be able to help students:
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WHAT IS COMMON APP?
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Last revised 10/01/21
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HOW THE FIRST YEAR COMMON APP WORKS
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Last revised 01/05/21
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APPLICATION DICTIONARY
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Last revised 01/27/22
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COMMON APP FOR INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS
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Last revised 10/01/21
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Preparing your application
Resources on getting organized and starting your application on the right track.
There is a lot of information your students are asked to understand and complete in the Common App. This set of resources will help your students get organized and start the application process.
These resources will help students:
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GATHER MATERIALS
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Last revised 01/05/21
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MY COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS WORKSHEET
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Last revised 01/05/21
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HIGH SCHOOL DETAILS INFORMATION SHEET
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Last revised 08/16/21
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FERPA & YOUR APPLICATION
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Last revised 01/05/21
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UNDERSTANDING THE TESTING SECTION IN COMMON APP
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Last revised 07/30/21
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Telling your story
Use the different features of the application to highlight what makes you unique.
Whether your student is working on their essays or sharing about their extracurricular interests, these resources are here to help.
This resource will help students:
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APPROACHING THE ACTIVITIES SECTION
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Last revised 01/05/21
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HOW TO APPROACH THE ESSAY
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Last revised 07/30/21
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Working with recommenders and advisors
Learn how to find and communicate with your support network.
Students don't go through the application process alone. There are counselors, teachers, and advisors that provide guidance and support along the way. These resources teach students about the support network they have and how to interact with their recommenders.
This resource will help students:
 
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UNDERSTANDING THE RECOMMENDATION PROCESS
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Last revised 01/05/21
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CONNECTING WITH STRIVE FOR COLLEGE MENTORS
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Last revised 01/05/21
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FAMILY BRAG SHEET
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Last revised 01/05/21
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COUNSELOR BRAG SHEET
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Last revised 11/08/21
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TEACHER BRAG SHEET
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Last revised 01/05/21
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Paying for college
Learn about application fees, fee waivers, and how to find scholarships.
The cost of college can be daunting. These resources will help teach students about fee waivers and the different scholarship options they have.
This resource will: 
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UNDERSTANDING APPLICATION FEES & FEE WAIVERS
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Last revised 10/01/21
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APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS WITH SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH
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Last revised 08/30/21
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UNDERSTANDING YOUR FINANCIAL AID OFFER
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Last revised 01/05/21
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