Getting accepted at the college of your choice may be the real battle, but college applications are a challenge in their own right. The application forms can be, well, complicated, with piles of forms and information - hence why so many students put them off until the last minute. (Not a good idea,FYI!) Could there be a better way? Apparently so. A new coalition of colleges has created a tool that will allow students to apply to colleges through a much simpler app - sweet!
According to the Huffington Post, over 80 colleges are making this application change, and they are doing so through a website that promises an overall simpler experience. The new site will allow students to create in-depth digital profiles which will ultimately make it easier for them to apply to multiple colleges. It will also allow students to add additional materials, like a film reel or artist portfolio, so one can show off their creative work as well as their SAT scores.
The site does more than just simplify the application process: it will also provide resources for high school students so that they can be well-prepared for taking the next step in furthering their education. The tool is free, which means that any student with computer access can have the same resources - no pricey software or personal tutor required.While this site may save high school seniors major time and stress when applying to schools, it's not just about making students' lives easier. The site is actually a part of a larger initiative to boost application rates, specifically for low-income and minority students who may not have access to the same college resources. Leveling the playing field - and encouraging more students to apply to universities - can ultimately make the college experience more diverse for everyone, and that's an amazing thing.
The site isn't live yet (sorry, high school seniors) but it is likely to launch in January of 2016. If your college of choice is on the list of 80 schools, you may be able to breathe easier knowing you won't have to stress about the application process. Actually getting into the school? Sorry, but there's no app to reduce stress about that.