Common App Issues Fade as ED Deadline Approaches


Hopkins ShuttleApplying to college can be stressful enough, and this year, frustration was at an all-time high for some students who experienced the technical issues the Common Application website. Because of those problems, we have extended our Early Decision deadline to November 8—exactly a week away now. In other words, you still have time to submit your Early Decision application to Johns Hopkins!

While Common App claims most of the glitches have been fixed, don’t forget: You can also apply using the Universal College Application.

So how do you know if Early Decision is the right choice for you? Ultimately, you know Hopkins is the perfect fit because you know you will excel at Hopkins. You know are ready to commit to joining and contributing to the Hopkins community. So what does “knowing” look like? Take it from an ED student himself. Ian McLane (Engineering, class of 2015) shared his story with us:

“The summer before senior year of high school, I visited more than 20 different colleges on an extensive college tour up and down the two coasts. Johns Hopkins was right in the middle of this college tour. I forgot about the colleges before it, and didn’t pay attention to the colleges after it.  Prior to visiting campus, I knew that Hopkins had the programs that I was looking for. I would be able to double major across the schools and I would be able to do research as a freshman. But stepping on campus was the when I knew that ED would be right for me. The students were enthusiastic and friendly, the campus was gorgeous, and everything just felt right. I could see myself spending my undergraduate years at Hopkins, and now that I am here, I never want to leave.”

Aside from the application website malfunctioning, another stressful part of the application process often lies in constructing your college essay. Considering applying ED but stuck on the essay portion? If you’re unsure about how to tackle the college essay:

First—relax, take a deep breath, and take comfort in the fact that you still have an entire week!

Your essays should be something that you spend some time on, because it’s your chance to show a little bit of your personality to the counselors who are reading your application. Check out this post from last year for insider tips and strategies. You can also read examples of previous essays that we liked on our “Essays that Worked” page.

One week countdown starts now: ready, set, go!