Do US colleges prefer one Common App prompt over another?

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    Lisa Buchwalter
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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

No. They really do not. Having said that, you should do the prompt that tells the most about you in a unique way, and the prompt and answer that you don’t think many other people would do. You should stay away from certain topics that are overdone, such as a service trip where the moral of the story is “I helped those poor people so much,” or a sports metaphor or sports story such as “ I got injured and sat on the bench all season, but that taught me so much about teamwork.” These things can truly change your....View More

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What is the difference between the Common App and the Coalition App? Is there an advantage to using one over another?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

All colleges that use both applications sign a form saying that they do not prefer one application over another. This really is true. In order to determine which one will be right for you:Look at the different prompts for each application. Which one showcases your talents better?If you have a lot of extra material you want the colleges to consider, for instance a movie you made, an abstract of a project, or a paper you are particularly proud of, the Coalition App may be the best for you. It has a special “Locker” section where you can store the materials....View More

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What should I put in the “Additional Information” section of the common app?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Additional Information is where you can explain anything you were not able to fully discuss in the rest of your application. For instance, did your grades dip one year because you were sick? Tell about it here. Were you not able to list all of your extracurricular activities in the 10 slots given? List the rest of them here. Do you need to explain your grading system, or why you were suspended, or why you had to switch schools so many times? Tell about it here.Remember also that you do not need this space to be all about one issue.....View More

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The Common App says to add my extracurricular activities in order of importance. How do I know which ones they will think are the most important?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

You should add your extracurriculars in their order of importance to you, and what has been the most influential in your life. In general, however, you list the ones you have participated in the longest and where you have the most awards or the highest position, first. Look through all of the categories and try to not make the all community service or all academic related. Look at all of the categories and see if there are other activities you may have forgotten, such as Family Responsibilities (such as taking care of a younger sibling) or Music. Even if you....View More

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My grading system isn’t listed on the Common App. What do I do?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

Look carefully to make sure your grading system is not there. Once you say you are from India, and once you list your high school, in most cases your grading system will show up. If not, there is a dropdown under “Grading Scale” on the Common App that says “Other.” Select this and then type in your grades in the boxes that appear. You can explain your grading scale in the Additional Information section of the Common App. Before you take this step however, ask your counselor what you should do. You are probably not the first student from your....View More

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I'm currently in my last year of the British system and studying three A levels. I'll be sitting for my SATs in October and submitting my essay via the common app. Since we don't use GPAs, how would my A level grades factor in?

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Judith Winters Answered 3 months ago

You will submit your predicted A level scores when  you apply- For clarification you should state that you attend a British school, whereby, you don't have a high school transcript. If  you took the IGCSE's you should submit them as well. Make sure to answer this question on the common app-International applicants: Is promotion within your educational system based upon standard leaving examinations given at the end of lower and/or senior secondary school by a state or national leaving examinations board?

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Many universities on the common app have this question about preferred pronouns or pronouns in use. I'm a little confused as to what this is, I suspect it's something related to gender identification? Could you please clarify?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered a month ago

Yes, you are correct. It has to do with gender identity. If you don't identify as either male or female, you can use pronounces such as "they, their, them."  

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I have scored a composite of 34 on the ACT; but ended up scoring 81.2 % in 12th CBSE Board Exams. I assure you that I got stellar ECs (wont brag but they're far better than most of the Indian applicants) and grades in 9,10,11th are impressive, too. I guess, i do not have a shot at the Ivies with this score in 12th. So, I've decided to take the CBSE Improvement exams next year and I'm expecting somewhere around 92% this time. What should I put in the Common App- pursuing 12th or completed 12th?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 3 months ago

Hi there, congratulations on your terrific ACT score and also on your perseverance in retaking the CBSE exams. I would put "pursuing 12th" and then in the Additional Information section, explain that your situation - that you have completed but are taking the improvement exams.  Also consider extending your reach further than the Ivies, even if you get a 92%. There are dozens of excellent universities out there where you can get an excellent education.

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How can I get a Common App fee waiver?

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Lisa Buchwalter Answered 7 months ago

You may be eligible to receive a Common App fee waiver if you meet at least one of the following indicators of economic need:You have received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.You are enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program (FRPL).Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.You are enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).Your family receives public assistance.You live in....View More

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For Xth CBSE our batch still had SA1, SA2. Final Xth marksheet shows only FA and SA. Should we enter as yearly or semester based in the Xth transcript? Kindly advise

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Anupama Singh Answered a month ago

Just answer as best you can.  Do what you feel more comfortable doing in the application.  The school can always follow up with you if they have any questions, and if they do this, they usually ask for scanned copies (which you may be able to upload anyway).

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I want to submit for Early action to a few colleges for which deadline is Nov 1st. Can I submit via common app now but what if the scores get sent later than Nov 1st? Will my applications get rejected if ACT scores reach later than Nov 1st? Kindly advise.

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Anupama Singh Answered a month ago

Generally universities know that students will be taking tests in Nov and Dec, and they often wait for test scores to come in.  However, each university will process applications as they need to.  Your academic record is the most important piece of your application and test scores generally provide support for the academic record.  In the application you're asked about tests and just fill out that information there thoroughly with accurate information and your application will be considered fairly.

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How can I attach a resume and a research paper to my UCAS application?

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Judith Winters Answered 6 days ago

You can not attache resume and research paper through UCAS but some universities might accept it if you contact them directly.

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In Common app, what does a CBSE student write under course level? what do I write under honours?

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Anupama Singh Answered 15 days ago

CBSE is a tough curriculum, but it is not considered honours or advanced as it is is the normal board curriculum. 

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Can you please clear out the differences between Personal Statement, Statement of purpose, Common App Essay, Supplemental essay, and the essay that colleges require which are of three types - (Why us?, Describe yourself, describe an issue)? I'm getting confused between all these types. Any help would be appreciated.

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Anupama Singh Answered a month ago

The essays you mention all have the same purpose: the school gets to know who you are beyond grades, classes, and test scores.  Essentially, the essays answer "who are you?"  Some schools have no essays, some have one, some have 2, while others have more.  All you need to do is start your applications and then just answer the questions...it's that easy.  When you're doing the applications, you just answer the essay prompts (questions), and answer them well.  Dig deep and reflect upon who you are since that's really the purpose of the essay, regardless of its title.

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