Students often feel overwhelmed by college applications with good reason. Many applications are lengthy and ask for information that the student does not know such as: their social security numbers, what college degrees their parents hold and exact dates parents moved into their current home.
While The Common Application was designed to streamline the college admission application process, the supplements to it often defeat the purpose of the common form.
There are four steps families can encourage students to take to create short cuts for themselves before they begin filling out any of their college admission applications this year:
- develop an activity resume for grades 9,10,11 and 12 with a list of clubs, sports, volunteer activity, jobs, honors, recognition and hours so that the student can refer to this resume while completing each application or supplement
- study the essay options for each school application or supplement and choose options that are common to several applications or supplements to reduce the number of essays the student will write
- ask the school counselor and a teacher permission to list them as a reference on college admission applications
- make a list of commonly requested information that students do not know such as their own ssn, how many years the student has lived in his present state, the dates that parents moved into their current home and their last home if they have been in their current home less than two years, where parents attended college/degrees earned and years, any family that attended colleges they are considering and when they attended, if graduated and year, whether parents are registered to vote and their state of automobile registration, parent occupation and job title and work phone and email, student guidance counselor full name, phone, address and email and the same information for other references.