Tips for Completing Your Application

  • The Common Application recommends using the following browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer Version 10 and Safari.
  • When completing the essay and short-answer portion of the online application, files cannot exceed 500 KB in size and should be in .doc, .docx, .wpd, .rtf, .xls, .pdf or .txt format. Mac users must save the file with the appropriate three-letter extension.
  • Please do not attempt to upload a document that is password-protected or contains macros.
  • Give your recommenders plenty of time to complete and submit their forms. Be sure to fill in your parts of those forms. As a courtesy, provide stamped, addressed envelopes for recommenders who are submitting forms on paper.
  • Observe all deadlines faithfully. Make every effort to avoid submitting your application at the last minute.
  • Make copies of every portion of your application. Ask your recommenders to keep copies of their forms and letters.
  • It is best to ensure that all application materials are sent by the deadline. However, if your application and application payment/fee waiver are submitted by the deadline, it is acceptable to have some of your supporting materials (transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc.) arrive within the following week.