The 2019-2020 Common Application will launch on August 1. For those of you eager to get started, here are four key pieces of information to help you begin. And for those of you who aren’t quite ready to give up on summer, don’t worry. These tips will be just as useful in September. Please see the tutorials below for a more detailed explanation of the Common Application. 

    1. You need to create a new account. To prepare for the new year, we have removed all accounts created before August 1, 2019. If you try to sign in with last year’s username and password, you’ll see an error message.

    2. Talk to your counselor and parents (and maybe a college admission officer) before you sign the FERPA Release Authorization. You have the right to access your letters of recommendation after you enroll in college, assuming the college saves those forms. In the “Recommenders and FERPA” section of the application, you’ll be asked if you wish to waive that right. You’re free to respond as you choose, but you need to know that there may be implications to the choice you make. (We explain this in more detail in the application.) For that reason, please make sure you talk to someone — a counselor or parent – who can help you understand your choice before you make it.

    3. Check your application for accuracy before submitting. When it comes time to submit your applications–and for many of you that will be months away–make sure everything on it looks right. Yes, that means proofreading, but it also means checking that your responses appear exactly as they should. If something looks amiss, we want you to tell us so we can help you fix the problem before you send the application. Keep in mind that you can print preview each section as you work through the questions.

    4. Add <appsupport@commonapp.net> to your address book or contact list. We know you’ll have questions, and we are here to answer them. Help us make sure our responses don’t end up in your SPAM or Junk folder by adding our support email address to your contact list.

    We’ll have more tips for you as the year goes on, but these will get you started on the right foot. Remember, we’re always ready to help you. If you experience a problem or have a question, let us know by going to the Applicant Help Center and using the FAQs or clicking the Ask a Question tab on the Common Application website. 

     Planning to attend Waubonsee Community College (WCC)?

    You should fill out the Waubonsee New Student Information Form soon. You can complete this from home online or in the college center at OEHS. If you want to apply for financial aid through the college, you will need your Xnumber, which you will receive only after completing the information form. You also need your Xnumber to take your placement tests before registering for classes at WCC.

    Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)
    Since 1994, the MSEP has provided more affordable opportunities for students to attend out-of-state colleges and universities. The MSEP serves as the Midwest's largest multi-state tuition reciprocity program. MSEP is not a scholarship. Over 140 colleges and universities in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin have opened their doors to each other's citizens at more affordable rates. Check out the link below for a list of participating colleges and universities.