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Can't make changes to Common app?

oceanangeloceanangel Registered User Posts: 658 Member
edited June 2012 in Common Application
Hey everyone,

I read that once you submit your common app to one school, the app will be locked and you won't be able to make any changes. So does that mean if we apply both early and regular, once we submit the early apps, we won't be able to update our SAT scores or other test scores?

And also, some of my schools allow score choice, but others don't. So I didn't send all my scores to those that don't require them. However, since the common app is uniform, that means I will have to report all my scores to all my colleges anyway using common app. I know that it's possible to create multiple accounts, each for a different schools, but I have already filled out most of the supplements on my current account. If I replicate my account, will the replicated ones have my already filled-out supplements, or will I have to fill those out again?

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Replies to: Can't make changes to Common app?

  • vballmomvballmom Registered User Posts: 3,135
    If you create a new version of your Common App to send to College B, you'll have to delete College B from your list of colleges on Version 1 of your app in order to add it to Version 2. However, once you add it to Version 2, any of the supplements you filled out for College B will be copied forward to the Version 2 application.
  • lily_91lily_91 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    how to create a new version of the common app?
  • wejwej Registered User Posts: 467 Member
    The Common Application should generally be completed once, with identical copies sent to all colleges. You should create a new version if you wish to correct an error discovered after submission or provide new information not available when you first submitted the application. It is not necessary to "customize" your Common Application for individual colleges. Individual college supplements and supplemental essay questions should be used to provide special information to different colleges. Below are the steps necessary to create an alternate version.

    Step1: You must submit the Common Application to at least one institution first. You cannot create an alternate version until this has occurred.

    Step 2: You must log out of the application then go to this special URL:


    and login using your existing User Name and Password.

    Step 3: Upon login you will be taken to the 'Common Application' page, where you will see information about the application you have already submitted. The ability to create an alternate version of your submitted Common Application is now activated, and you should click on the ‘Replicate’ link to make an alternate version of your submitted application. When this is complete, a second version will be visible on your screen and a special drop down list that will appear in the upper right corner of your application. You can use this drop down to move between application versions.

    All data from your original version of your Common Application will be transferred to your alternate version, with the exception of any documents that you uploaded. You may edit any of this information before you submit it to another institution.

    You only need to go to the special URL the first time you create an alternative version. Thereafter, additional application versions can be made by going to the ‘Common Application’ section within your original Common Application and using the ‘Replicate’ link. You may make up to 10 versions, including the original version. You only need your original User Name and Password to access all versions.

    When you create the first alternate version of your application you will see a simple confirmation message. If you create any additional alternate versions of your application you will need to complete two affirmation statements then click the 'OK' button. You may also click the 'Cancel' button to not create the new alternate version.

    You will have a separate My Colleges page for each application version. Each institution can only be on the My Colleges list of one application version. You can move an institution from one version to a different version at any time prior to submitting the Common App to that institution.
  • lidushalidusha Registered User Posts: 1,273 Senior Member
    If I make a new version of the Common App, will the teacher recs from the old version be copied into the new version or will they need to resubmit them?
  • orangeGTorangeGT Registered User Posts: 36 Junior Member
    the list of teachers gets copied over into your new version.
  • tokenadulttokenadult Registered User Posts: 17,471
    This explanation worked better than the Common App help. Thanks.
  • cajunkingcajunking Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    Can we not make multiple copies of the common art supplement? It doesnt' show up in any alternate apps. errgg
  • MacGyverMacGyver Registered User Posts: 335 Member
    You can have multiple versions of the Arts Supplement just as you can have multiple versions of the Common App. To see the Arts Supplement in the new version, you simply have to indicate you intend to submit the Arts Supplement to one of the colleges in your My Colleges list on the new version.
  • cajunkingcajunking Registered User Posts: 31 Junior Member
    Hm. I tried moving a school to an alternate app, and then the option to send an arts supplement disappeared from the "Future Plans" page of that school!
  • dreamhigh91dreamhigh91 Registered User Posts: 121 Junior Member
    Is there any disadvantage of sending different essays to different schools? Will the colleges that I'm sending my apps to, know?
  • danimal21danimal21 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Thank you for saving my life
  • terribarachterribarach Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I replicated the application once and got to the add colleges page, but as soon as I tried to add one it told me I had reached the maximum number (even tthough I had zero schools). I made this secondary one because I got to 20 on my original app, but there is one more college, that I really want to send in an app to but can't. Troubleshooting tips for this method? or other suggestions?
  • college_querycollege_query Registered User Posts: 4,023 Senior Member
    This thread was from 2009-2010.

    Are you still applying for fall 2012? If you have already applied to 20 schools using the common app, you cannot apply to any more schools using the common application. The limit is 20.
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