Keep Calm and Apply On

We Admit It!  August 1 is a pretty exciting date around here.  It’s the date when the Common Application for the upcoming year goes live.  It’s the official start to the new application cycle (even though, of course, we’ve been working with the high school class of 2014/the W&M Class of 2018 for some time as prospective students).

The newly redesigned 2013-2014 Common App for freshmen and transfer applicants went live last Thursday.  Given the changes from previous years to this year there are still a few bugs to be worked out in the system.  That’s, of course, to be expected.  The good news is that Common App has a great staff working on a great product.  No doubt everything will be running smoothly very soon.  In the meantime, you are still welcome to go online, create an account, add William & Mary to your “My Colleges” list, and begin the application.

Remember, William & Mary requires only one essay, the one that is already part of the Common App.  We do have an optional additional submission (often submitted as a second essay) that is part of the W&M member questions (formerly referred to as the Supplement).  The member questions screen should be available later this month.  We also require only one recommendation (the one from your guidance counselor which is built into the Common Application’s Secondary School Report).  You are welcome to submit 1-2 additional optional letters if you so choose (again this is built into the Common App).

Also, the most important thing to remember, you have time.  Our Early Decision deadline is November 1.  Our Regular Decision deadline is January 1.  So take a breath, keep calm and apply on.  We are here to help you, to support you and to read whatever you choose to submit.

Wendy Livingston ’03, M.Ed. ‘09
Associate Dean of Admission

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