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Common App Launches 2020-2021 Application Season on August 1

Application updates include improved user experience, COVID-19 question, and more than 40 new member institutions for students to explore

Common App, the non-profit membership organization dedicated to access, equity and integrity in the college admissions process, is announcing the launch of the 2020-2021 application on Saturday, August 1.

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Used by more than three million applicants, teachers, and counselors across the United States and around the world each year, the Common App platform streamlines the college application process for students. In addition to providing a single, online application and 24/7/365 support for students applying to more than 900 member colleges and universities, Common App connects applicants to financial aid and scholarship information, virtual fairs, online portfolios, and a vast library of counselor resources available in English and Spanish.

Common App’s website also includes new easy-to-use resources to help families support their students through the college application process, including information on application fees, scholarships, and financial aid.

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“These are tumultuous times and now more than ever, we want all students to feel supported by Common App regardless of where they are on their path to education attainment,” said Jenny Rickard, President and CEO of Common App. “We are offering the tools and resources needed to meet more students where they are and help them get to and through college.”

Common App is providing students with a dedicated space on the application in which to elaborate on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, both personally and academically. The goal of a “common” space for this information is to provide consistent questions and language that colleges and universities can use to review applications, and that applicants will only have to answer once. Counselors will also find space in their Common App counselor forms to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their school communities.

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