Working on your Common Application? Here are some tips!

Seniors across the country are working on their applications. I was traveling in several cities last week, talking with students and parents about the application process. Students talked about working on their applications – writing their essay, listing their activities, thinking about who will serve as references. In fact, more than 5,000 students have started their UVM application for next year – all in the past three weeks! There is still a lot of time to complete an application, but it’s a good time to start now on the different parts.

The Common Application shared some great information for applicants last month: Five Things Applicants Need to Know About the 2016-2017 Common App. Central to this message is to be sure applicants roll over their accounts, if they built them prior to August 1. The message about proofing your application is a really good one..often when students work on something for a long time, it is hard to be proof-reader too. Ask someone to help you out by reading over your application. Finally, be sure to allow your recommenders plenty of time to write a letter for you. Counselors and teachers are busy and are writing for multiple students. Ask them at least a month before the application deadline so that they have time to write a strong recommendation.

Are there unique things about the UVM Common Application? Not really. Our member page is short and no additional essay or short answer. Students are strongly encouraged to choose two possible majors (unless you are undecided, then you can choose undecided in the College of Arts and Sciences). Our member page is also the place that our Vermont applicants can choose the application fee waiver for in-state early action (Vermont residents who apply Early Action pay no application fee).

Our staff is ready to assist with any questions. Feel free to reach out to your territory manager found here. Good luck with your application! We can’t wait to receive yours.