Admit it, the Common Application has become a staple in the college application process. Earlier than usual, he Common Application has announced changes to the 2011-2012 Common Application. These changes are minimal with new questions about marital status and military service. In addition to these changes, 48 schools join more than 400 other schools now using the Common Application. Among these new members are the University of Southern California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Crisp Consulting + Coaching wants to draw attention to these new members and the impact the Common Application could have on their upcoming admission cycle.
Common Phenomenon. Colleges adopting the Common Application have seen a significant rise in applications and, as a result, a decrease in acceptances. Columbia University experienced a 33 percent application increase which had their acceptance rate plummeting to 6.9 percent. With the acceptance rates for the University of Southern California and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill already in the 20 percentile range, an average increase of 10,000 new applications could have acceptance rates falling well below 20 percent.
Although the Common Application will not be live until August 1, we can already predict the impact of the changes. As college admission becomes more selective, students will need an educational strategy for admission success. Creating solutions that focus on an intentional educational plan that emphasizes academic, financial and social fit will create strategies for acceptance that will ease the frenzy and stress expected in the upcoming college application cycle.
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Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.