Common App

Common Application

www.commapp.org

  • Creating an Account
    • Go to https://apply.commonapp.org/createaccount to start
    • Email
    • Password
    • First and Last Name
    • Address Information-mailing address
    • Phone
    • Select appropriate application “First Year” or “Transfer”
    • I am an applicant planning to enroll within the next 12 months
    • Check the box so that colleges can send you email before submitting your application
    • Proofread your information and then click CREATE
  • Dashboard
    • Can search and add schools that you are planning to apply to
  • My Colleges
    • You submit your application to the schools in this section
      • Recommendations
      • Writing Supplements
      • Submit
  • Common App ****Complete this section FIRST*******
    • First and Last Name
    • Preferred Name
    • Other names?-only if married or divorced-you will probably answer NO
    • Sex
    • Gender Identity
    • Date of Birth
    • Permanent Home Address- where you live
    • Alternate mailing address-where you get your mail (it may be the same as permanent address or you may enter a PO Box)
  • Religious preference- not part of admission decision process, may get mail regarding various religious organizations on campus
  • Indicate how you identify yourself
  • Language-list English as your first language, list others that you are fluent in
  • Citizenship-list your social security number if you are US citizen, this will be required for financial aid
  • Common App Fee Waiver- if you used an ACT or SAT fee waiver select yes.I will then verify that you qualify for a fee waiver.We do not have to mail college application fee waivers to college when you apply with common app.We will have to mail paper copies to schools that you apply to using CFNC or the college’s website.
  • Family Information-email your counselor if you have any questions, should be self-explanatory
  • Education
    • Current or most recent school-Clinton High School
    • Date of entry (when you entered 9th grade
    • Graduation date
    • Counselor Information: (Last Names A-L will enter, Taylor DeLeone tdeleone@clinton.k12.nc.us; Last Names M-Z will enter, Meredith Odum, modum@clinton.k12.nc.us)
  • Other School-only if you attended another high school, they do not want elementary or middle school information.
  • Community based organization- you will probably select no
  • Colleges and Universities- you will enter Sampson Community College Information if you have taken courses through SCC.
    • College credit will be awarded
    • Select yes if you are degree candidate and will finish your associate degree prior to graduation.
    • Transcript is available- you will need to request your SCC transcript through SCC directly. This can be done online or in-person at Sampson Community College in Student Services. 
  • Get a copy of your transcript to complete the grade, class rank, and gpa sections.
  • For current courses, you will list your college classes and high school classes
  • Honors- class awards, principals list, etc.We do not have copies of these awards, you will need to get this information from your record keeping.
  • Future Plans
  • Testing-list the best test scores and list any future test dates
  • Activities
    • List starting with most important
  • Essays
  • Disciplinary History- be honest! The Guidance department has to verify this information. If you have a concern about a discipline issue, please see your counselor as to how to best approach this situation!

My College Section

  • Admission plan- early action, early decision, regular decision.Visit the schools website to learn more about what those terms mean to each individual school.
  • Need based financial aid- if you are filing out FAFSA, select yes. Most if not all of you should select yes.
  • Merit based scholarship- yes if you are going to research and apply for merit based scholarships through the school.
  • Full time- most will select yes
  • Degree program- most will select yes
  • College housing- if you select yes, the school will send you housing information if you are accepted.
  • Academics-select based on your interests, it is ok to list more than one

Recommenders and FERPA

  • Complete the FERPA release form before adding recommenders
  • It’s a good idea to WAIVE your right to view recommendations.
  • Talk to your teachers and ask if they are willing to write a letter of recommendation.
  • Make sure you know your teacher’s first and last name.
  • Get their email address and let them know they will receive an email from the common application.They will submit the recommendation electronically!
  • Writing Supplement
  • If your school has one, make sure you READ the directions and follow them.See Mrs. Tyndall with any questions.
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