Common Application help from


“I don’t need help with my college application,” said nobody ever.

The Common Application (Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants use to apply to over 650 colleges and universities across America.  Thus, the stakes are high when completing the application.  And, frankly, as a high school senior myself, the Common App can be a bit confusing.

With no customer service number to reach for assistance, a student is left to fend for themselves with questions when completing this most essential application. That can be pretty stressful. But help has arrived!

A tool has launched that offers in-browser, on-demand help with the Common App, to support students while they are completing the application. That tool os,which you can download on your Chrome browser. offers hints, tips and sample essays for the Common App and also the 650+ college supplements.  The way it works is like this: You download the app, which takes about two minutes, and then overlays directly onto your Common App. So, when you are going through the Common App, you get a drop down for each section with “Coach the Cat” who gives you written tips and suggestions. I have found this really helpful and user friendly!

In addition, you can access INTEL which are supplemental written documents integrated into the app that provide an insider’s view on how college admissions officers review the application essays and offers tips on how to make essays stand out. As well, the application offers’s “Test Score Selector,” which gives advice on which standardized test scores to report, and which to leave.

Finally, also offers specialized products for military veterans, home-schooled students and international students.

The product was created by former college admissions officers Anna Ivey of and Alison Cooper Chisolm.  Ms. Ivey is the former Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School; Ms. Cooper Chisolm has experience ranging from front-line admissions reader to dean of admissions at institutions including Southern Methodist University, the University of Chicago, and Dartmouth College. aggregates their years of experience reading applications and advising students so that students have a “virtual” college coach, “Coach Cat,” sitting next to you while you fill out the Common Application.

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