Common Application's New Changes Reflect Evolution of College Admissions

Common Application's New Changes Reflect Evolution of College Admissions 1

New questions on the Common Application include those about marital status and children, about language proficiency, and about military status, reflecting applicants' increasing diversity and changes in what admissions officers are seeking.

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New questions on the Common Application include those about marital status and children, about language proficiency, and about military status, reflecting applicants' increasing diversity and changes in what admissions officers are seeking.

Last week the Common Application Inc. announced the latest in a series of changes in its standardized form, used by an ever-soaring number of applicants. The 2011-12 version of the Common Application will include new questions about marital status and children, and an optional question about military status. The new version will also ask for more-detailed information about language proficiency.

Such changes, though minor, reflect the increasing diversity of the Common Application's