Bachelor's Degree Seekers Can Now Take Advantage of 2012-2013 Common App

By Catherine Groux
Posted August 02, 2012 12:10 PM

Students can now apply to schools using the 2012-2013 Common App.
Students can now apply to schools using the 2012-2013 Common App.
To welcome the start of college application season, the new 2012-2013 Common Application (Common App) was recently launched online. Given the massive popularity of the application, about 300 individuals registered an account within the first 30 minutes of the new form going live, the Common App's website states. In fact, the first 2012-2013 registration came less than a minute after the site launched.

The Common App was developed in 1975 to cut down the time it takes associate's and bachelor's degree seekers to apply to prospective schools. Using the form, students can apply to any of the organization's member schools by submitting the same application.

In the 2012-2013 school year, students can use the Common App to apply to 488 institutions, including The Ohio State University, Marymount University and Roanoke College, which all became Common App member schools this year. This marks a drastic improvement for the organization, as it only worked with 15 member schools when it piloted over 30 years ago.

Still, the organization hopes the form will improve even further in the future, as it plans to launch Common App 4.0 in the summer of 2013, The New York Times reports. The overhaul, which will cost an estimated $7 to $8 million, will be more streamlined and will not force students to answer biological questions that do not apply to them. Additionally, the Times states students may be able to ask college counselors questions in real time through the updated Common App.

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