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With Common App, 'U' receives more applications

Daily Staff Reporter
Published January 23, 2011

As a result, the number of students applying to schools using the Common Application rose by 27 percent this year, according to the Common Application website.

Robert Killion, executive director of The Common Application, Inc., wrote in an e-mail interview that the Common Application website is designed to diversify the pool of applicants in addition to lowering the cost and easing the admissions process for universities.

“We can offer both a more sophisticated technology at a lesser cost than any single institution could build and maintain on their own,” Killion wrote.

The Common Application charges $65 per school for domestic students to submit applications and $75 for international students, according to the Common Application website.

Killion, however, wrote that switching to the Common Application doesn’t necessarily guarantee an increase in applicants for a university.

“Very selective colleges get a lot more apps every (year) when they use the Common App, and very selective colleges get a lot more apps every year when they don't use the Common App,” he wrote. “Michigan did get a lot more apps this year. But so did MIT, Georgetown, and USC. None of them use the Common App.”

Julia Wiener, a high school senior from Plainview, N.Y. who was accepted to the University this fall, said she noticed an increase in interest in applying to the University among her friends because of its new presence on the Common Application website. She said some students who weren’t sure if they were going to apply to the University were much more likely to do so because of the convenience the new application system provided.

“A lot of my friends applied to lots of different schools, and I think the Common App played a huge part in them applying (to the University of Michigan),” Wiener said.

Jessica Zank, also a high school senior from Plainview, N.Y., applied to the University but was deferred. She said she was surprised when she received her deferral notice.

“It was shocking to me based on students I knew in previous years who were accepted and the general accepted scores,” Zank said.

High school senior Madison Chaness of West Bloomfield, Mich. said the switch didn’t have much of an effect on her admissions process.

“I only applied to the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, so it didn’t have a big effect on me,” Chaness said. “But it was a lot easier for my friends applying to lots of different schools.”

LSA freshman Rachel Beckman said using Michigan’s old application was definitely more of a hassle.

“I know a lot of people who actually didn’t apply to Michigan (last year) because they didn’t feel like filling out the extra forms,” she said.

— Daily News Editor Joseph Lichterman contributed to this report.