News.... Congratulations to Alexander Dawson student C.B. who raised her ACT score 8 points to earn a 34!!Silver Creek High School student Jacob B. worked with Mindfish and raised his ACT score by 7 points!Ana M. from Cherry Creek High School worked with Mindfish and earned a perfect 36 on the ACT!!Kent Denver student Ryan H. worked with Mindfish to raise his SAT score 130 points to 1560!After working with Mindfish Olivia J. from East HS raised her ACT score 4 points to earn a 34!Emily B. from East High School improved her score 3 points to earn a 33 on the ACT!Alexis L. from Cherokee Trail High School earned a 34 on the recent ACT!Mindfish student A. A. from Regis Jesuit scored a 1520 on the November SAT!After working with Mindfish, M.R. from Cherry Creek earned a 35 on the ACT!Congrats to L.P. from Cherry Creek High School for scoring a 34 on the ACT!Congratulations to Grace E. from Overland HS, who worked with Mindfish and raised her ACT score to a 35!Highlands Ranch High School student Kyle D. worked with Mindfish and earned a 34 on the June ACT!Patrick B. of Regis Jesuit High School worked with Mindfish and earned a 35 on the April ACT!Mindfish student K. from Boulder earned a 35 on the April ACT!Jamie S. worked with Mindfish and raised his ACT score from 31 to 34!Jack R. scored a 34 on the ACT after working with Mindfish and is headed to Brown University this fall!Mindfish students Jon and Joe of Denver both scored a 34 on the February ACT!Grace S. of Cherry Creek HS Scored a 35 on the February ACT…congrats!Congrats to Dominique E. of Regis Jesuit. She improved 7 points on the ACT to end up with a 35!Cherry Creek student Allen C. worked with Mindfish and earned a perfect 36 on the February ACT!Congratulations to Libby S. of Denver for scoring a 2320 on the January SAT and a 35 on the February ACT!Fairview student A.P scored a perfect 2400 on January SAT!Congratulations to Cherry Creek student E.X. who scored a 35 on the  April ACT!Congratulations to three mindfish students who earned perfect 800’s on the Math II Subject Test!Denver student David K. worked with mindfish and earned a perfect 36 on the ACT.Cherry Creek student Meghan G. scored a perfect 36 on the ACT after working with mindfish.Congrats to Fairview High School student Sean Holt who scored a 34 on his ACT after working with mindfish!

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Everything You Need to Know About the Common App

By August 16, 2016 No Comments

Common-Application-FixThe Common Application (also knows as the “Common App”) is a widely used application system wherein a student can use one application to apply to over 500 colleges and  universities nationwide.  It gives the student an opportunity to send the same strong application to many institutions and it gives admissions counselors an easier standard by which to compare various students for admission.

What does the Common App Require?

When a student goes to fill our their Common App, they will need to input the same information that would be found on any other college application:

  • Personal information
  • Demographic information
  • Academic performance
  • College essay

After all of this information is complete, a student can then select colleges that accept the Common App to get more information on that particular colleges requirements, such as:

  • Deadlines
  • Test score requirements
  • Fees
  • Form requirements

Once a student completes his or her application, they can submit it online or via mail. For more information on the exact schools that accept the Common App Here is a comprehensive list 

Why Is the Common App Useful?

The most important benefit of the Common Application is for the student: it reduces they time they have to take filling out the same information several times. Once students complete their Common App (which is the only application option for many schools), they are free to focus on their college essay, SAT and ACT Tests, as well as finishing their final high school chapter on a high note.

Additionally, The Common App:

  • Is free to use the (students still pay each college’s individual application fees).
  • Allows students to revise and save their applications as many times as they’d like before submitting
  • Gives students the ability to create different application versions tailored to different institutions
  • Allows students can track the progress of faculty materials (such as recommendation letters) through Common App Online

Does the Common App Require Anything Else?

Some schools might ask for additional materials outside of  the Common App in order to give admissions office a more complete picture of an applicant. Institutions might ask for:

  • A statement of purpose as to why a student is choosing a particular school
  • Test Scores
  • A Second Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing/Art samples
  • A document outlining sports/extracurricular activities in more detail

Be sure to only submit what the college asks for. Sometimes submitting additional information that isn’t asked for can actually hurt your admissions chances. Admissions officers know what they need and what they look for — so keep your additional materials aligned with those criteria.

Your Turn!

The Common App is definitely a great tool for students. Now you know how it works. So it’s your turn to make it happen — best of luck!