US University Application & Completion

The mission of A-List’s college advising is to take the stress and confusion out of the US application process and to help students gain acceptance into the colleges of their choice. Our expert advisors can manage your entire application process and help you successfully complete all US applications (Common App, University of California, etc.)

In an effort to identify the right match for a student, we pay particular attention to each student’s personal interests, career goals, social considerations, extracurricular activities and leadership roles. We will help you to stay informed and on track by:

  •        Selecting colleges and universities
  •        Advising on high school courses and schedules
  •        Maintaining a timeline for requirements and deadlines
  •        Suggesting appropriate outside recommenders
  •        Organising resumes and activity sheets
  •        Conducting mock interviews
  •        Preparing art portfolios
  •        Giving advice for athletic recruiting
  •        Researching policies on superscoring
  •        Connecting with admission counsellors
  •        Following up after submission to make sure all components arrived successfully

US Application: Common App, Coalition App, UC app

The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 693 member colleges and universities in 48 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, China, and many European countries. The Common App allows you to fill in all of your basic information and stats once. This saves you time when you are applying for multiple universities. The Common App also includes five essay topics, of which you will choose one to answer. Many universities will require additional essays, which will be dictated by the university.

Here are the seven essay questions for 2017-2018:

  • Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  • Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  • Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  • Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  • Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

The Coalition Application was developed to improve the college application for all students. It involves college planning and application tools, that allows high school students (GCSE, A-Levels, IB) to upload their coursework onto the application over a 4-year period, through ‘virtual lockers.’ Currently, there are 83 collegiate institutions that are accepting this Coalition Application in lieu of the Common App. Some of these institutions include: Cal Tech, Brown, Bryn Mawr College and Amherst College.

If you’re considering attending a University of California school (UC), then it is important to know that they have their own unique US application as well. It is set up similarly to the Common App, but does have a few variations. For instance, the UC App has replaced a personal statement with personal insight questions. This is a bit like an interview process, in order to get to know you and your interests better.

For more information meet our college advisors and essay editors! Please see our Pricing & Packages here.

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