November 18, 2013
The Uncommon Rise of the Common App
More than 500 colleges have made the same form a cornerstone of the admissions process. Is that a good idea?
Matt Roth for The Chronicle
Just for a moment, forget all the glitches. Forget the panicked high-school students who couldn't log in to submit their applications or who saw their essays garbled. Forget the parents who paid the same application fee twice because they couldn't tell if it had gone through, the admissions officers who waited months to import applications, the college counselors who uploaded recommendations that vanished into a virtual fog.
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