The Updated 2017-18 Common Application: Outside Advisor Access, Self-Reported Transcripts, and Spanish Language Resources

In addition to changes in essay prompts and new Google Drive compatibility, the Common App has added outside advisor access, self-reported transcripts, and Spanish language resources. Outside advisor access will encourage greater oversight on my part of student application completion, and self-reported transcripts will allow students to communicate their academic history to colleges without having to wait for their high school transcripts to be processed, sent, and delivered to their choice colleges. For those who need it, Spanish language resources will open the Common App to a wider audience of applicants, providing clarity for those whom English is not their first language.

Reprinted from IvyWise College Admissions Blog:

Outside Advisor Access

Now, students who work with independent consultants, community-based organizations, or other advisors will be able to collaborate with them within the Common Application system just like they would with a regular recommender or their school-based counselor. This will allow students to share a view of their application while they’re working on it in order to get feedback and suggestions from whoever is advising them through this process.

Self-Reported Transcripts

The new Courses and Grades section will allow students to fill out self-reported transcripts directly into the Common Application. This feature will be available when the new application opens on August 1, 2017.

Spanish Language Resources

For families that speak Spanish as their primary language, a number of important resources on the Common Application as well as how to apply to college, how to apply for financial aid, and more will be translated into Spanish in order to help students and parents better understand the application process.

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