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RIC moves to common application

July 20, 2011

Rhode Island College will begin using the common application as its only admissions form starting in September. School officials say they hope the move will make it easier for prospective students, who can apply to multiple schools using a single online tool.

Nearly 50 colleges and universities have recently agreed to sign onto the common application for the 2011-2012 admissions cycle. According to RIC, more than 460 schools around the country already use the form.

“For students, the beauty of the Common App is that it allows them to complete one college application at any time of day or night, click the colleges they are interested in and them submit,” says RIC Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Holly Shadioan in a written statement from the college.

Many schools report seeing an uptick in applications after switching to the common application because it makes it so easy for students to apply. RIC officials say last year approximately 1.8 million college applications were filed using the system.

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