Get Started on the 2016-17 Common Application

At Select College Admissions we follow trends and watch the Common Application closely for our students. We’re pleased that this year the Common Application has made two decisions that will help students. 1: This spring, current Common App accounts will roll over to the 2016-2017 Common App, so grade 11 students can start their Common App now; and 2: The main essay prompts will remain the same from last year.

Key Things to Know:

  • Juniors can create an account now at Accounts created this spring will roll over.
  • The student’s user name and Common App ID will all be preserved. This means you’ll be able to sign in to next year’s application system using the same email address you used this year. All Common App data will be preserved.
  • The 2016-2017 main essay prompts on the Common App are out and they are the same as last year:

2016-2017 Essay Prompts:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.