Uncommon App

Source: Boston Innovation, Aug 2011

Uncommon App provides local expertise – “our consultants are from local high schools; they know the area, they know the teachers.” Though college consulting is a field that sits well with the experiences of this group of college students, all too often it gets a bad rap for creating students who don’t pursue their true passions and instead participate in activities wholly for the sake of getting into college. Uncommon App is careful to avoid doing this, and include the following in their consultants’ manuals:

“Your applicant shouldn’t overload on extracurriculars with the hope of compiling an impressive laundry list of activities and achievements. Instead, you should be helping your students find meaningful commitments.”

Recently, Uncommon App has established a partnership with a college application consulting company in China. The service is popular among Chinese students, and having their essays reviewed by American students gives them a different perspective with which to construct their college applications. This summer an intern from Uncommon App will be sent to Shenzhen to study the market and to serve as a contact with Sirius, the Chinese company. And with this bit of information we know Uncommon App is about to get serious this summer.



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