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Filling out the college application: Common application walkthrough

Each college has its own specific application process.  Some have a unique form, while others rely on the Common Application.  Included below is a step-by-step walkthrough of the Common Application to give you a sense of what is included:

Part 1: Setup and college selection

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Common Application walkthrough part 1: Setup and college selectionSee video transcript

Part 2: Profile

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Common Application walkthrough part 2: ProfileSee video transcript

Part 3: Family

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Common Application walkthrough part 3: FamilySee video transcript

Part 4: Education

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Common Application walkthrough part 4: EducationSee video transcript

Part 5: Testing

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Common Application walkthrough part 5: TestingSee video transcript

Part 6: Activities

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Common Application walkthrough part 6: ActivitiesSee video transcript

Part 7: College-specific supplements

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Common Application walkthrough part 7: College specific supplementsSee video transcript

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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Anna Lhuillier
    I am homeschooled - how would I go about filling in the 'Counselor' information?
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user D
    If my parents went to college, but then dropped out and never gotten a degree? What should I put onto "parent level of education?" and also, do I count as a first generation college student?
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    • leaf blue style avatar for user Peterson
      If your parents never received a complete degree, but completed high school, I think that the best course of action would be to put down High School as their level of education, or you could make a note on the space and specify that they had some college education, though not enough to obtain a degree.

      A first generation college student refers to a person whose parents never received a degree. If your parents did not earn a degree, as in the case above, then it would be correct to say that your are a first generation college student.
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  • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Arthur Vale
    I've an older brother that is only son of my father, not of my mom. He is 18 years older than me, so I had no contact with him during my childhood and still have almost no contact with him. He won't contribute financially for my education. Should I put him in the siblings tab at family?
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user D
    Also, my school doesn't have a counselor. I may put in the name of my principal, but she doesn't know me or any student in particular. I could put in the name of my class coordinator, who knows me well, but she doesn't speak English very well. What should i do?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Emma Raun
    Do you know anything about where I might be able to find a walkthrough of how to fill out the counselor section of the Common App? I go to a small international school that has never sent any students to universities in the US, so I need information about this section in order to guide my counselor, especially since I live in a non-english speaking country and has a counselor that is not very proficient in the language.
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  • female robot ada style avatar for user Shannon Scarlettson Bryan
    I will be going to college soon..but I have never understands how the scholarship thing works?? Can somehow help Lil ol me...?
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  • leafers tree style avatar for user Sachin
    My school counselor left before I finished my high school and new counselor was not appointed until I passed out so can I ask for recommendation with the previous one?
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    • leaf orange style avatar for user T
      I think that's what you should do. If you still has his/her contact information, at least talk to your previous counselor. Worst case scenario, she/he is unable to write you a letter of recommendation, but you have other ways out. You can get a recommendation through your teachers and if you have a part time job somewhere, do talk to your boss.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Dvm09072004
    If i dont have any counsellor then who's letter should i have for counsellor s reccommendation?
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    • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Hecretary Bird
      If you don't have a counselor, then you can ask your school's principal or vice principal, or some other administrator, to write you the recommendation letter in the counselor's place. If you don't have any of those, then you might be able to ask an adult that you consider a mentor for a recommendation letter.
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  • leaf blue style avatar for user Neha Jwala
    There is a part which says "Educational Interruption" in the common app process, I moved to a new country after freshman year (9th grade) and have no other "interruption", Will I need to check both boxes that I have had no interruption and that i "did or will change secondary schools" ?
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  • winston default style avatar for user Truong, Anthony
    I'm trying to find colleges in Arkansas I can't find any how can i look for the college that I'm trying to look for?
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