CommonApp Guidance – February 2020

February Updates from Common App

February 2020  
Working with juniors? Add Common App Ready to your toolkit.

Counselors: as you begin working with juniors on the college applications, take advantage of Common App Ready resources to guide your students.

In addition to existing resources like the My College Requirements Worksheet and Understanding Application Fees & Fee Waivers, we’ve recently uploaded new resources, including Approaching the Activities Section and Common App for International Applicants.  
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First Episode of Instagram TV Series, “A Year of Firsts,” Now Available

This week, the new Instagram TV series, “A Year of Firsts,” made its first episode available. The series features the journey and personal stories of students navigating their first year of higher education.

The platform is designed to provide students with powerful insights about the higher education experience, navigating common challenges, and reinforcing the potential of all students to succeed. It continues the tradition that Michelle Obama started as First Lady, encouraging students to pursue their dreams.

Episode 1 went live February 24.   
Watch Episode 1     Navigating Common App’s Explore Colleges Profiles

For students, finding the best college fit is an exciting and sometimes overwhelming process. Choosing a college or university that will help them achieve their academic and personal goals, as well as provide a diverse experience that exposes them to new challenges, is a journey in itself. 

To help your students understand all the college options available to them and learn the best way to uncover the possibilities, we’ve put together a quick overview of how these pages can enhance their college planning experience.   
Start exploring    
Get ready for College Signing Day!

The annual celebration of student achievement is right around the corner! May 1 is College Signing Day, so mark your calendars!

Details are in the works for another exciting event, and we want you to join in the fun. How are you celebrating your students this year? Share with us! Register your event at and stay tuned for information about the national celebration.   
Register your College Signing Day event    
Celebrating the School Counseling Community National School Counseling Week might be over, but our love for counselors is ongoing! We sincerely hope this year’s celebration left you feeling supported, inspired, and appreciated for all you do to support students. You undoubtedly received messages from all over, but we hope you took a moment to read a special message from Common App’s Vice President of Access & Equity, Eric Waldo.

Additionally, we hope that you know there are many other school counselors in your shoes, facing many of the same challenges you face each day. Earlier this month, many of those stories were shared with the world in the interest of highlighting the necessary yet challenging work of the school counseling community. We hope you’ll find these stories as uplifting as we did.

School Counselors Overcome Unexpected Challenges

School Counselors: Making A Difference In The Lives Of Students

School Counselors: Building Better Humans And Creating Positive Change   Upcoming events and conferences   29-31 MAR
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