Common Application; Pro Tips

The Common Application opens Tuesday, August 1st, and prospective students need to be prepared for everything in holds. For some, the process may be easy as pie, but for others, it can be quite daunting. Because of this, many may end up putting it off until the last minute. However, knowing your deadlines, starting early, and utilizing a few pro tips can make the whole process less intimidating, and in the end, less stressful.

Start Early

It is extremely recommended that prospective students start the application right when it opens on August 1st. Even just starting with the simple things like your name can lessen the stress when approaching the deadline to turn it in the application. This will also help you out if you discover that the program you are applying for has additional requirements. Here is where you can view the admission requirements for VCU, and additional requirements for certain programs.

Review the Website Before Starting

Some students have found it extremely helpful to review the website before starting or submitting applications. This can help you establish the lay of the land before diving into the serious stuff. If you are ever having trouble with the website your high school guidance counselor is a great resource to assist you with navigation. Furthermore, if you have any questions about VCU requirements you can ask us through email at ugrad@vcu.edu or over the phone at (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638.

Take it a Step at a Time

There are many tasks to complete before you finish the Common Application, but approaching it with a level head can save you time in the long run. Complete each task one at a time instead of sporadically alternating. Definitely, develop a plan of attack for completing the application. Maybe for you, it’s better to get the hardest essay out of the way first? Or possibly it’s less daunting for you to complete the simpler tasks first. By making a plan and taking it step by step you can prevent from getting too overwhelmed about the process.

Golden Rule

Whatever you do don’t wait until the last minute to do everything, or you may run into a hiccup. Leave yourself with enough time to correct any mistakes. Even if you just file out one small section, aim to work on it every day until it’s completed. If you need to change something on your application after you have submitted it you can figure out who your processor is here, and contact them about the change.