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The Common App for transfer Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about The Common App for transfer Applicant Portal and WebAdMIT. It also contains resources that may help you work more efficiently throughout your admissions process. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact a member of your account team.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in late July and closes in late July. You can view the specific cycle dates, including final processing dates (e.g., last date to submit transcripts, last date to request letters of recommendation, etc.), on The Common App for transfer Cycle Dates page.

Configuration Portal

Between early March and late May, configurations are entered into the prelaunch environment. The account team and The Common App for transfer review submitted configurations in June.

WebAdMIT

You can initiate a transfer settings before the cycle opens in late July, and view new applicants shortly after the new cycle opens in late July.

Program Participation Requirements

The Common App requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from The Common App for transfer, including the application and WebAdMIT launch notifications.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of The Common App for transfer application (i.e., Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information) compose the core application. They contain questions that are commonly asked of applicants across all participating programs, such as an applicant's biographic information, standardized test scores, and experiences. The fourth section of the application is Program Materials, which is customized by you through the Configuration Portal (discussed in the next section).

You can access The Common App for transfer application and The Common App for transfer Help Center to review the applicant experience. You can also create a test application in the Applicant Portal; we recommend creating a new account and adding "test" to your name (e.g., TestJohn TestDoe).

For a general overview of the applicant experience, review the following documents:

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to The Common App for transfer Customer Service.

Configuration Portal

Use the Configuration Portal Quick Start Guide to make sure you configure your program(s) efficiently and completely in the prelaunch environment. Be sure to check out your CAS's configuration options and review the best practices found throughout. If any optional sections of the application are required for your program (e.g., experiences, test scores, etc.), you'll want to note this on your program home page.

Once you've configured your program, you'll need to have it approved by the account team and The Common App before it is available to applicants. If your program is reviewed after the cycle launches, The Common App will approve it.

WebAdMIT

Review The Common App for transfer Quick Start Guide for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. The Reference Guides and WebAdMIT Training and Support sections are additional resources as you configure WebAdMIT for your needs. Documents commonly requested include:

The Release Notes feature new enhancements in the Applicant Portal, Applicant Gateway, Configuration Portal, Liaison Letters, and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

For any questions, contact the Client Support Specialist Team.

Cycle Enhancements

2024-2025

The table below contains enhancements for Common App for transfer for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Affirmation Statements

Applicants can edit their responses to questions in the Affirmation Statements section after submitting their application.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Academic History – College Coursework

Applicants can view instructions when entering their coursework details.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Academic History – High Schools Attended

The Graduation Status answer option was updated to I have or will have a high school equivalency like a GED. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Other Information

A new Household question was added.

The questions were also reordered. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Achievements

The Honors achievement type option was changed to Honors or Honor Society.  

The answer options were also reordered. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Question Rules

The Change Deadline and Program Availability rules can now be built at the organization level, meaning that they can be applied to some or all programs under an organization.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

WebAdMIT

List Manager

Export Manager

The Admissions Uploaded Documents fields were disabled. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Work Groups

In WebAdMIT, you can configure Work Groups to allow users to see specific panels on the Applicant Details Page. With this enhancement (from Release 11, 2023) if you remove access to a panel for a Work Group, the fields in that panel are also not available for the Work Group to see when creating exports, lists, or PDF manager templates. For example, if the Race and Ethnicity subpanel is not enabled for a Work Group, its members will not see the information from that panel when creating an export, and will not be able to create filters in List Manager using any of the fields from that panel.

As a result of this enhancement, reports that are not shared with Work Groups from the Report Settings page will be inaccessible to anyone who is not a WebAdMIT Administrator. Review the How Work Groups Impact Access to Features and Fields documentation to learn more about the impacts of this enhancement.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

2023-2024

The table below contains enhancements for Common App for transfer for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Dashboard

A new notification banner is available for the application dashboard. CASs can share best tips and tricks with applicants as they complete their applications.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Create Account, My Profile 

The Name questions now include sections where applicants can enter different and former names. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Extended Profile

The Community College Status question was changed to "Are you currently a community college student?"

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Add Program

The Fee program attribute was renamed to Application Fee.

A new Required Offline Forms program attribute was added. 

Additionally, the following changes were made to program filters:

  • City was added.
  • College was removed.
  • Required Application Fee was renamed to Application Fee
  • The existing filters were reordered.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Biographic Information

A new "X or another legal sex" answer option was added to the Sex question. For more information, review the Common App's explanation of the legal sex and gender changes.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Nationality Information

The Country of citizenship drop-down was renamed to Non-U.S. country of citizenship. This drop-down appears when applicants select U.S. dual citizen, U.S. permanent resident, U.S. refugee or asylee, or Citizen of a non-U.S. country as their citizenship status.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Experiences

Applicants can edit in progress experiences after they submit their application.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Program Materials

Applicants can create a custom recommender pool, where they enter a recommender’s information once and then select the recommender for any programs that they apply to. This enhancement alleviates the applicant burden of entering recommender information for every program and speeds up the application process.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Program Details

A new Academic Honor Society Certificate document type was added. 

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

WebAdMIT

Applicant Details

The Citizenship and Residency panel and State of Legal Residence field were disabled. 

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

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