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2013-2014 Common Application Updates

New Essay Prompts (Pick one Prompt: 650 words)

Elimination of “Topic of your Choice” Prompt may limit some creativity in writing                        personal essay

• Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity                                    that they believe their application would be incomplete without it.                                                                    If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

• Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.                                                                              How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

• Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.                                                                                    What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

• Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.                                                              What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

• Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your                                         transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Other changes to the Common App will include:

1. Smart questions, based on the applicant’s answer to previous prompts
2. On-screen support and progress checks
3. A new Art Supplement process with Slideroom.com integration
4. The elimination of the Athletic Supplement
5. The discontinuation of the paper version of the Common App                                                                 (except for teacher recommendations and school forms)
6. The elimination of alternate version capability which will be replaced by                                               new functionality allowing unlimited edits to line items in the Common App                                                      and up to three essay versions