Common Application Updates – Changes 2015-2016

Key changes are:

  • you can print off sections of your application before submitting
  • They have removed the « place » prompt and replaces it with the following:
  • Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

  • You may choose to submit a personal essay to a college even if not required.
  • Other changes are included in screenshots from the presentation provided by Common App – Counselor Webinar June 2015

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School Code – US

Florimont now has a College Board code.  Students applying to the US will need this for their Common App application form.

Here is the info –

Please note that College Board school code 796238 has been assigned to Institut Florimont. 

The name, address, and code number assigned to your school will be entered in the National Secondary School List as noted below:




GENEVA, 1213


The Level I code assigned to your institution allows you to receive your students’ SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PLAN, or ACT scores; receive SAT or ACT publications; and administer PLAN.

Please advise your students to use this number when registering for either the SAT Program or the ACT Assessment. Let your students know that if they do not enter the correct code number, copies of their score report will not be sent to you.

If any of your students have submitted Registration Forms before the above date, the code number will show as invalid on their Admission Ticket. If corrections are needed, advise your students to complete the correction form attached to their admission ticket and mail prior to the test date they have been assigned.

Common Application Essay Choices

Here they are –


Instructions. The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and
helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to
know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you
answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and
structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need
it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. (The application won’t accept a response shorter than 250 words.)
Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their
application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons
did you learn?
Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you
make the same decision again?
Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience
there, and why is it meaningful to you?
Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from
childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.