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Written by: kmurphy
Wednesday, July 7, 2010 

This year the Common Application will not go live until August 1st, which is a month later than last year. There are several changes to the application this year, which include questions about language proficiency and religious preference (optional) to name a few. The application has also consolidated the activities and work sections into one space.

While some might see the August 1st date as a setback in tackling applications, I look at it as an opportunity to start working on the personal statement now. The essay questions will not be changing, so if you dive in now, you will have ample time to complete it and then work on the supplement essays that will be released after August 1st for individual colleges. 

With 27 new members, the Common Application is now accepted by 414 colleges and universities.  A few of the 27 include Seattle Pacific University, University of Michigan, Pepperdine University, Pacific Lutheran University, & Olin College of Engineering. In the 2009-10 applicant year, the Common Application saw a 20% increase in usage with over 470,000 unique users.

To preview the 2010-11 application, visit the Common Application's website.

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