I hope that most of you have started on your common application. It is not something you want to leave until the last minute. It can trip up even the most conscientious of applicants.
As you may know, you need to submit three parts in order to complete our
entire application. That's 1) the basic application, 2) the supplement
application, 3) the application fee. We won't see anything on our end
until you submit all three parts via www.commonapp.org. You might think
they are linked together, but they are not. It seems that a lot of people think they've submitted all three parts because they've paid, but this is not always the case. The most common mistake with our first-year applicant pool is that they submitted the basic and the application fee, and somehow overlooked the writing supplement. Don't let this be you. Follow through after you submit your three parts. And if you have trouble when attempting to submit, please contact the Common Application Help Desk directly.