A sneak peek at our Collegewise guide to the Common Application

We just finished the first round of edits for our 64-page “How to Make Your Common Application A Lot Less Common.”  While we’re doing the final editing and formatting, I thought I’d share a few snippets from the piece.

Table of contents



“How to Use this Guide”


We wrote this guide to pick up where the Common Application’s instructions leave off.  The Common App outlines how to add your activities to the appropriate section, but we explain how to present them in a clear and compelling way. The Common App tells you where to upload additional information you’d like to share, but we tell you what kind of information is appropriate and useful for admissions officers. The Common App tells you to choose your preferred home number. We tell you which phone number you should prefer…”


Colleges and Universities






Disciplinary History



Coming soon!

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