Tips For The Common Application

Hello you lovely prospective students!

Can you believe it’s that time? It’s time to begin applying for college! As you most likely know, Purdue’s Application for Fall 2015 opened on August 1st, and we’re here to help you with the application process.

First things first, Purdue is part of the Common Application. For those of you not familiar with the Common App it’s just like it sounds–an application you can use for multiple colleges. And while not there are many schools–over 500 schools in the US–that do use the Common App, for those that do, this all-in-one application will save you time and frustration during application season.

Terms of Use

Once you have logged in to the Applicants tab, you can again search for your college(s) on the College Search tab and then add them to the My Colleges list.  The My Colleges list provides contact information for the school as well as deadlines and links to each section that needs to be completed for that school.

Your Purdue Common Application also serves as your application for Exploratory Studies. When applying for admission to Purdue, select Exploratory Studies as your intended major. All application materials are processed through the Office of Admissions and evaluated with a holistic approach.

Here’s the process for the Common App:

0)      Create an Account on the Common App website

1)      Complete Common App questions

2)      Complete Member Page questions

3)      Complete FERPA & Assign Recommenders

4)      Preview Application PDF and confirm it’s okay

5)      Pay or See Approved Fee Waiver

6)      Digitally Sign the Application

Then it is officially submitted!

*If an institution has a Writing Supplement, then you would complete that and submit it.  Purdue does NOT have a Writing Supplement for the 2015 application.

Should you need help, each page of the Common App includes help information relevant to whatever section of the app you’re currently viewing.  In addition, the Common App provides a Help Center for both Applicants and Recommenders (school counselors, teachers, other recommenders) available on both the Applicants tab and the Recommenders tab of the login screen.

You can apply by clicking on any of “the Common App” hyperlinks above, by going to directly, or by following the link available on the Admissions website,

Good luck!!

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