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Grade 11 Students May Begin Work on the Common Application for 2016-17

Grade 11 Students May Begin Work on the Common Application for 2016-17

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 commonapp.org. 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, which marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

US University Admissions

US University AdmissionsWhen It Comes to US Admissions, Good Fit Counts – Our students this year (2013) have gained acceptances from institutions like Harvard to the smallest of liberal arts colleges, where they will get lots of individualized attention and thrive in small classes. We have helped our students gain admission to colleges and universities spread all over the US and Canada and are proud of each and every one.  Most importantly, we’ve always been open about how we do it—by picking appropriate schools that match you well, resisting the urge to focus on only the famous schools, using the application and essays to help colleges get to know you, and most importantly, encouraging you to be yourself. As we say goodbye to our grads, we wish them all the best in the next four years and ultimately success in the career they choose to pursue.