The ‘Uncommon’ Application: member pages replace writing supplements for some
by: Nancy Griesemer | DC College Admissions Examiner
As hard as folks at the Common Application push to enforce ‘a one-size fits all’ application process, Common App member institutions push back equally forcefully for freedom to individualize applications in ways supporting their various admissions priorities.
For example, most super-sized universities don’t need or particularly want essays and some don’t seem too concerned about guidance or teacher recommendations. But to join the Common App club, colleges must agree to accept at least one essay and one recommendation as part of the standard application package.
We call this providing a ‘holistic’ review of candidates—a core value of the Common Application.