All About The Common App (Episode 84)


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Learn all about the Common Application from Dr. Shirag Shemmassian! today’s episode of The College Checklist Podcast, we’re going to talk about the Common Application (aka Common App) with Dr. Shirag Shemmassian.

Shirag will help us wrap our minds around what’s expected of us on the Common App and help us with some tips about best practices for filling it out as well. We’ll cover essay differences, submission deadlines, early decision vs early action, and pointers on how to best be organized.

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About Shirag Shemmassian

Dr. Shirag Shemmassian is the founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting, through which he helps students get into their top-choice colleges. Shirag received his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from UCLA’s top-ranked clinical psychology program. Moreover, he graduated from both schools debt-free.

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Quotable Quotes

“With the common application, students can go to one site and use a single application to apply to any one of 674 different colleges. But different schools want different sources of information so it is not a single application but a core application.”

“There a five essay options with the common application and students can choose the one they want to write. When you submit to a college you may get additional prompts as some schools require 2 or 3 supplemental essays.”

“Students can indicate who they want letters of recommendation from, and the teachers or counselors will get an email instructing them on how to upload the letter.”

“Schools don’t all have the same Common Application deadlines. Before you start filling out applications, write down the deadline for each school you plan to apply to. To avoid technical issues, don’t want to wait until the last minute to apply. Apply 2 or 3 days before the school’s deadline. “

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