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Common Application Now Available

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

The Common Application is now available online at

This means students can start to enter their information, and begin their final school essays (supplements too!)
Please note that some schools, which accept the Common Application, have not yet released their supplemental applications, and this is nothing to worry about.

The main Common Application includes two essays: a 150-word essay about your involvement in a particular extracurricular or work-related activity, and a 500-word answer to one of 6 topics, one of which is “Topic of your Choice.”

In addition to the Common Application, several other schools will now be releasing their individual applications for Fall 2013 as well, including University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida and Indiana University at Bloomington.

The Common Application also gained 37 new members for the 2012-13 application cycle. That brings the total number of colleges and universities that accept the Common Application to 488.  Member schools are in 46 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, and Switzerland.

It is to your great advantage to get started on these applications as soon as possible–with some extra effort now, you can have much of the work done before senior year even starts!

Clients of International College Counselors, be sure to contact us with your information once you’ve registered for the Common App or any other schools’ applications, so that we can go over everything with you and help finalize your drafts before you push “Submit”!  Also don’t forget to make note of your log in and password, and to send it to us once there is something for us to review.

In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

The Common Application Now Available for Submission

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

On August 1, the Common Application for Undergraduate Admissions became available for submission (Click here to download forms.)
Things are going to get really busy once school starts again so it’s best to start the application now, if you haven’t already.
This year, 45 new schools joined the Common App for 2011-12. There are now 463 Common Application members in 46 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, and Switzerland. This membership represents the full range of higher education institutions in the US: public and private, large and small, highly selective and modestly selective, East Coast, West Coast, and every region in between. For a complete list, click here.
The 2011-12 version of the Common Application was available for preview in April. The big change in this year’s form is the 500-word limit placed on essays.
A video on the Comm App website takes students through the process. Students register for an account and then access the system online. Users can search for colleges by criteria they enter and then click on the schools where they want to apply.
Clients of International College Counselors can call us or email us for help. Common questions on the Common Application can be found if you click here.
The Common Application currently provides both online and print versions of its First-year and Transfer Applications. (To download forms for Transfer Admission, click here)

Students do not have to be complete the Common App in one sitting. The form can be saved and worked on later (just don’t wait too long). The completed form can be previewed in a PDF format before you hit that send button. There are no take backsies.

Last year, close to 2 million Common Applications were submitted through the Common App Online. According to the Common App website, a new single-day record was set on December 31, 2010, when students submitted 127,175 applications.
The system does streamline the process, enabling students to complete one form to send to any number of member colleges. To note, some colleges have supplemental applications that include questions specific to their school, such as “Why do you want to attend ‘Name of School’ University?” Information about these supplements and more can be found on the Common App website.
If you have a meeting with ICC coming up- please try to complete the common app. Of course, please do not send it in- just save the long in and password for our review.

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Truth, Plagiarism & the Consequences on College Applications and Essays

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Mandee Heller Adler, president of International College Counselors, was quoted in The New York Times in an article titled, “If You’re Going to Be Edited, Be Sure the Result Is Still You“.  She discusses the business of professionally edited college admissions essays.

Overall, the article concludes that professionals helping students with college admissions essays are performing an ethical service as long as they don’t write the college admissions essay for a student.  The best college counselors allow students to just be themselves, but “a somewhat more interesting, more attractive, more eloquent” version of themselves. 

As any parent or student who has worked with International College Counselors knows, what Adler says in the article is true, “she has parents sign a form, part of which establishes that her counselors will ‘review, not do’ the essay.”

“I’m not going to write an essay,” she tells the Times readers. “It’s an ethical question and it’s a line I won’t cross. Of course, it’s a fuzzy line, but I have to feel comfortable that I haven’t crossed it.”

It goes without saying that a student shouldn’t have someone else write their entire college admissions essay for them, whether it’s a friend, parent, college advisor, or a professional writer.  But what about the fuzzier areas, like when a student portrays himself or herself as better than they are?

Say International College Counselors: No matter how desperately a student wants to get into a school, don’t lie on the college application.  If a university finds out a student has lied on an application or essay – even a little – they’re getting rejected, almost guaranteed.  

How does a school know if a student fibbed/fudged/lied?  Colleges are doing research of their own.  A common practice is for college admissions officers to call up high schools to verify a student’s activities and awards.  College admissions officers have also called jobs, internship organizers, and places where students have performed public service. 

Thanks to the Internet, it’s easy to see if a student really has received a major award or a significant ranking, whether it’s in music or sports.  Some universities like MIT have even hired private investigators to check up on student claims.   While there is a chance a student won’t be caught, do they really want to risk it.  

Embellishing the truth isn’t good either.  If a student delivered meals to homebound senior citizens in their community, he or she shouldn’t write that they ended world hunger.   Of course, there’s nothing wrong with presenting yourself in a positive way.  This is where a student’s ethics (and clever adjectives) need to kick in.

Plagiarism is always wrong and schools are getting better at detecting it.  Penn State, for example, is using an admissions essay service offered by Turnitin.   This software service has been used by professors to check their students’ class work – with much success.  College application essays are now being compared to a huge database of collected information and what’s already on the web.  While most schools don’t publicize whether or not they use this detection system, at Penn State 29 students were rejected in 2010 because of plagiarism on the college application.

College essays are about the student.  Who they are and not who they’re not.  At International College Counselors, we believe that every student has a gem of an essay within them.  What they need to do is find that kernel of truth – and remember to proofread.    

Get started on 2010-11 college applications

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The College Application preview is now available.

High school juniors who want to get a head start on college applications can see a preview of the entire 2010-11 Common Application.

The new Common App goes online on August 1. Until then, students can familiarize themselves with what information they will need. And, they can start working on it.

Where can I find a preview version of the Common Application?

A preview version of the 2010-11 Common Application has been posted at:

What is the Common Application?

The Common Application is a not-for-profit organization that provides an admission application – online and in print – that students may submit it to any one of 414 member schools that accept it, including 47 public institutions.

The full list of schools that accept the Common Application can be seen here:

What are the benefits of the Common Application?

The Common Application is intended to ease the admissions process for students by reducing the number of separate applications a student has to complete when applying to numerous colleges.

Note from International College Counselors: Many colleges still require additional information, including more essays.

Is there a Common Application for transfer students?

Yes. You can preview the transfer application here:

There are six choices of topics for student essays and the minimum length is 250 words. This essay should be the same for all colleges – so make sure it’s the best you have! Students working with International College Counselors, please call us at 954-414-9986 as soon as you possible and we will help you get started.

Common Application Now Available

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Dear Students, Parents and Friends,

We at International College Counselors want to alert you to the fact that the Common Application is now available online at

This means students can start to enter their information, and begin their final school essays (supplements too!)

Note to clients of International College Counselors: Please don’t forget to make note of your log in and password, and to send it to us once there is something for us to review.
Another note to our clients: The common app can be confusing, please do not hesitate to call or email if you have questions.

A Sample of Additional Application Date Information (taken from the school websites):

University of Michigan: Aug. 2009
Florida State University: Aug. 3, 2009
University of Florida: Early July 2009
University of Texas at Austin: Aug. 1, 2009

For Florida Residents:

Florida Atlantic University (Currently available through
Florida International University (Currently available through
Nova Southeastern University (Currently available through
Florida Gulf Coast University (Currently available through
University of Central Florida (Currently available through
University of South Florida (Currently available through
University of Tampa (Currently available through

Best regards,
Mandee Heller Adler

If you have any other college admissions questions for a college counselor, I’d be happy to answer them. I work with international students (9 countries and counting!) as well as those in the U.S. Please write me here or at my personal email which can be found on my International College Counselors college counseling website.

Mandee Heller Adler, Founder and Principal of International College Counselors

By the way, International College Counselors is opening a new branch of our company in NYC so now you can visit our college advisor NYC as well.

International College Counselors
3107 Stirling Road, Suite 208
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 USA
(954) 414-9986

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