To help students address issues specifically related to their COVID experience and its effect on the admissions process, the Common Application has added a special prompt to the Addition Information section of the 2020-21 application. The exact wording follows:

Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces.

  • Do you wish to share anything on this topic? Y/N
  • Please use this space to describe how these events have impacted you.

The question will be optional and will appear in the Additional Information section of the application.The response length will be limited to 250 words.

We’ll talk about ways to use this element to amplify and enhance your application.

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