Blog: The uncommon application?
Published: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 7:46am
College deadlines are inching closer and applications have become a staple of the nightly senior workload. But with all the answering and re-answering of questions, essay topics blending together, and last-minute testing decisions, one would hope that the Common Application would make things simpler. Frankly, it doesn't.
1. It isn't common.
None of the public universities I am applying to use the Common Application, even when both the Common Application and the university's application might ask for the same or similar information. Those universities that do use the Common Application rarely advertise the fact, which requires applicants to search for each university individually.
2. You can't manage non-Common App universities.
Most people have a master-list of where they are applying and what stage of the process they are in. Why not let us list every university in the Common App, including those we are applying to differently? That way we can have the deadlines in one place and check things off as we go instead of having two lists.
3. It doesn't autofill.
Autofill is a feature present in most browsers that automatically completes most forms. Why can't the Common app do more of this? Sure, name and other basics are a one-time affair, but why can't it automatically answer more? I have thrice listed what other universities I am applying to in supplements, why make me do it again?
4. No reminders?
Even the places I am not applying to send me reminders of deadlines. It seems reasonable that they would save me from missing those I do care about.
5. About those SATs...
Most applications let you go back and check whether a school has all of your test scores and other non-application information. Do I have to call each place to check? Worry about their status? The Common App should integrate the SAT.