What Does IPFW Look for in the Common App?

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 11/15/16 8:30 AM

Curious what the IPFW Admissions crew looks for in applications submitted via the Common App? We’ve got you covered. We sat down with the Admissions team to get a better sense for how to make your application to IPFW stand out.

Q: What application materials does IPFW require that I can submit through Common App?

A: IPFW requires the basics that every other college also wants through the Common App. We require official transcripts from your high school, and from any colleges you previously attended where you earned credit. (This includes colleges where you participated in a dual credit program, like IPFW Collegiate Connection™.) If you earned a GED, you must submit an official copy of your GED transcript.

Sending these items through Common App is the fastest and most efficient way to get them to the Admissions team, but you can also send your transcript through an electronic transcript service, such as Parchment, or even through the mail.

Just make sure you request the documents to be sent directly to IPFW; if you forward them to us yourself, we may not consider them official. 

IPFW doesn’t require letters of recommendation or personal essays to be considered for admission.

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Topics: Applying to College, Common App

4 Pieces of Information You Need to Complete the Common App

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 11/10/16 8:30 AM

The Common App makes it easier to apply to multiple schools on your list, but it will ask you for several pieces of information in order to be completed.

Not all of the application materials you’ll need are readily available, so it’s good to be prepared ahead of time. Be sure to check out our step-by-step guide to completing the Common App for more details on how the Common App works.

A Copy of Your High School Transcript

This copy will need to be official, and will be provided by your high school. Your guidance counselor can provide additional information on how to include your official high school transcript with your application through Common App.

A List of Your Extracurricular Activities, Both Inside and Outside of School

This can include sports, clubs, organizations, volunteer work, faith-based activities, and employment you were involved in while in high school.

Test Scores and Test Dates for College Entrance Exams 

This includes the SATs, ACTs, and SAT Subject Tests. Your official test scores will be provided by the testing companies, which you can have sent to the schools on your list. If you’ve taken these tests multiple times, only include your best scores.

Parent or Legal Guardian Information

This will include educational background, occupational information, employer information, and more. Your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may need their most recent W2s. If you don’t have information about one of your parents, don’t fret—you can let Common App know that and it’ll let you move on without that parent’s info. 

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Topics: Applying to College, Common App

A Step-by-Step Guide to Filling out the Common App

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/11/16 8:30 AM

Wondering what it takes to fill out the Common App? We’ve broken it down into five easy steps.

If you’re preparing to fill out the Common App, make sure to check out our Common App FAQ for 10 of the most popular questions about using the Common App.) 

Step 1: Create Your Account

Your first step is to create an account at commonapp.org. You only need to provide some basic information to get started—your name, address, phone number, and so on—so you can complete this step as early as you want.

In fact, the earlier you make your account, the better: since you’ll be returning to fill in information over the next few months, it’s a good idea to learn your way around the Common App system early. 

Step 2: Add Schools to Your List

The Common App has information on nearly 700 schools, including public and private universities. You can sort schools based on different criteria to find the ones that match your needs and interests.

Common App’s database is a great way to find schools you might not have discovered on your own, but it’s important to do some research on your own, too. Be sure to think about what you really want in a school (beyond cost and academics) and build your list from there.

 (If you need a jump start on your list, we’ve previously talked about 10 Indiana Schools that Use the Common App.)

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Topics: Applying to College, Common App

10 Indiana Schools that Use the Common App

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 10/4/16 8:30 AM

Applying to several different schools in Indiana this fall? The Common App can save you a few headaches.

Using the Common App means you only need to fill out one application. It will store your supplemental materials like transcripts, test scores, and essays, and submit them to your schools once you’re ready. (It even helps you keep track of different schools’ deadlines.)

And while not every school in Indiana uses the Common App, many do. We’ve included the 10 most popular schools, some of which are probably on your list:

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Topics: Choosing a College, Applying to College, Common App

Common App FAQ: 10 Burning Questions Answered for College Applicants

Posted by IPFW Admissions Team on 9/27/16 8:45 AM

The Common App makes it easier to keep track of your applications when applying to multiple schools. It’s a great way of saving yourself a headache—especially if you plan on applying to a lot of schools this fall. 

(Related guide: 12 Common Mistakes First-Timers Make When Applying to College with the Common App

What is the Common App? 

Normally, you’d have to fill out a separate application for every school on your list. As you can imagine, that adds additional steps, essays, and fees for every school on your list. The Common App collects most of the data you’d see on a college application all in one place. Then you decide which schools get your application.

You can also store supplemental materials like exam scores, transcripts, and essays. The Common App even helps you keep track of deadlines and missing materials.

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Topics: Applying to College, Common App





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