The School of Music, Theatre & Dance presents the
Common Application Tips & Tricks A guide for completing the Common Application for the University of Michigan
How to Begin
Step 1: Go to www.commonapp.org (If you are already enrolled at the University of Michigan and will apply as a Cross Campus Transfer, you will need to fill out the Cross Campus Transfer application.) Step 2: Login! First time users need to register for a new account by clicking the “Never Registered?” link. You will be directed to a Registration page where you will create an account.
The Registration page is where you will tell us who you are and whether you are applying as a First-‐Year student (incoming freshman) or a Transfer student. Once you have created your account, go back to the Common Application homepage and enter the User Name and Password you just created.
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Selecting the University of Michigan Step 1: After you’ve logged in, add the University of Michigan to your “My Colleges” list. Simply search for the school by name and Click “QuickAdd.” Or Click “Search for Colleges” and proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: University of
Michigan should display for School or City Name. Click “Search.”
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Step 3: Select the checkbox for University of Michigan and Click “Add”
Result: The University of Michigan is now added to your list of colleges on the home screen.
You may now begin filling out your application!
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Completing the Application There are 2 parts to the Common Application for the University of Michigan, both of which are required to complete the application process: 1) The first part is the Common Application. This includes questions that collect personal data, contact information, education, demographics, family background, academics, activities, and two essay questions. In addition to submitting this information to the University of Michigan, the Common Application will also submit this “common” data to any other institutions you may choose. 2) The second part you must complete is the University of Michigan Supplement, which collects additional personal and family data, two additional essay responses, the School or College to which you are applying, and your intended term of enrollment. If you are applying to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, you will also indicate your choice of program major, 1st & 2nd choice of audition dates, audition repertoire selections, resume, repertoire list, and the name of your music/arts-‐related teacher recommender.
Completing the Common Application Step 1: Future Plans In the Future Plans section of the Common Application, the first question you encounter is “Term Decision and Plan”. Notice there are only two options: “Fall 2012” and “Spring 2012”.
Spring 2012 If you want to begin your college studies in January, choose Spring 2012.
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Fall 2012 If you want to begin your college studies in September, choose Fall 2012.
As an applicant to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD), you should only select this option if you are applying as a dual degree applicant to the SMTD and another UM school or college (LSA or Engineering). Although the School of Music, Theatre & Dance DOES NOT offer Early Action for its programs, you may still be considered for Early Action for LSA or Engineering if you complete your application by Nov. 1st. Please see Completing the University of Michigan Supplement on Page 10 of this document for more information about applying as a dual-‐degree applicant.
If you are applying ONLY to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance for Fall 2012 consideration, you should select the “Rolling” option. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline listed here for Rolling Admission DOES NOT apply to School of Music, Theatre & Dance applicants! In most cases the deadline for SMTD programs is December 1, 2011; please check our website for deadlines listed by program.
Step 2: Completing the remainder of the Common Application
Continue to fill out the rest of the Common Application. These sections should be straightforward, but you may always check a page by clicking “Save & Check for Errors” at any time. The application will also prompt you to complete any errors before you complete the final step (signature page).
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Inviting Your Recommenders You are required to invite three recommenders to submit a letter of recommendation before you may submit the Common Application.
Step 1: Click on the “School Forms” link shown below. Note: You will need to complete the Release Authorization before you can proceed.
Step 2: Select the
type of recommender (counselor or teacher). Select “Teacher” for your Music/Arts-‐ related teacher recommender. When you click “Send Invitation” your recommender will receive an email from the Common Application with options of how to proceed. Page 6 of 15
Submitting Recommendations To the applicant: This information may be helpful if your recommenders have any questions. Recommenders have three options for submitting their recommendations: 1.) Submit online through the process sent to them by the Common Application. 2.) Opt out of the online process and submit a hard copy of the recommendation. You will be prompted in your “School Forms” section to send a hard copy of the recommendation form: As seen in the example above, the counselor has chosen to submit paper school forms while the teacher has successfully submitted the recommendation online. If your recommender chooses to submit paper forms, you will need to download the appropriate PDF or Word file and give it to them to mail. The link to the PDF forms is available on the homepage at www.commonapp.org:
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Download Forms (con’t):
3.) You may choose to have a recommender submit a Music/Arts Recommendation without registering his/her name with the Common Application. In this case, the recommender will need to mail a hard copy recommendation. An arts-‐related recommender may choose to use the Common App Teacher Evaluation Form or simply submit a personal letter to the following address: School of Music, Theatre & Dance Office of Admissions and Student Services University of Michigan 2290 Moore Bldg 1100 Baits Dr Ann Arbor, MI 48109-‐2085
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Note: The Common Application requires that a recommender be affiliated with a secondary school. If your recommender is not affiliated with a secondary school, they will need to complete the following process:
Step 1: In the section “Secondary School Address”, click “Look Up” under the CEEB/ACT Code.
Step 2: Select the “Home Schooled” link.
Step 3: Your recommender can change the “School Name” section to reflect their affiliation and continue to submit the recommendation online.
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Completing the University of Michigan Supplement The University of Michigan Supplement is part two of your application. Access the Supplement either by clicking the “Supplement” tab on the left column or the Supplements link within the University of Michigan box on your home screen.
Step 1: Click ‘Continue’ to open the University of Michigan supplement.
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Step 2: Complete the personal information and other intro sections of the Supplement.
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Note: Pay special attention to the “Plan of Study” section, which is where you need to indicate the school or college within the University of Michigan to which you are applying.
Step 3: There are three options if you are interested in being considered for a program within the School of Music, Theatre & Dance: 1.) School of Music, Theatre & Dance – Select this option if you are interested in being considered for only programs in music, dance, musical theatre or theatre. 2.) School of Music, Theatre & Dance Dual Applicant – Select this option if you would like to be considered for an SMTD program and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) or the College of Engineering. 3.) School of Art and Design Dual Applicant – Select this option if you would like to be considered for an SMTD program and the School of Art and Design FYI: Liberal arts courses can, and will, be a part of all SMTD degree programs. You are not required to apply to LSA to be eligible to take liberal arts courses.
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Step 4: Decision Plan If you have selected the School of Music, Theatre & Dance as the school to which you are applying, your “Decision Plan” is Regular Decision. Don’t forget December 1, not February 1 is the application deadline! If you are hoping to also be considered for Early Action on your application to LSA or Engineering, select the Early Action deadline (November 1st), and you will receive a decision on your LSA or Engineering application by Dec. 23rd.
Step 5: Select the
program(s) within the SMTD to which you would like to apply (indicated by the 3rd arrow).
Step 6: The Ross School of Business and the School of Information offer Preferred Admission, which is a way for those Schools to reserve places in the program for competitive applicants. If you would eventually like to obtain a degree from the Ross School of Business or School of Information, choose “yes” at the next question (indicated by the 2nd arrow).
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Step 7: If you are applying as a School of Music, Theatre & Dance Dual applicant, the final question in the “Plan of Study” section allows you to select LSA or Engineering for your dual degree program. Or If you are applying as a School of Art and Design Dual applicant, the final question allows you to select Music for your dual degree program. You’re almost there!
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Note: In this very important section you will indicate your intentions for completing your audition/interview and submit the required Resume and Repertoire List. Please refer to our website to confirm the Audition/Interview dates and requirements for the program to which you are applying: http://www.music.umich.edu/prospective_students/admissions/ug/auditions.htm
Step 8: Select the audition type, first and second preferences for Audition/Interview date and location, and list your audition repertoire. Note: Should your repertoire change, please send your updated selections to email@example.com Step 9: Upload your professional resume and a comprehensive repertoire list (if applicable) in the last 2 sections of the supplement. Make sure to check and repair any errors, and be sure to submit both the Common Application proper and the UM Supplement. You will receive an Email from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan confirming receipt of your application. After all that hard work, we certainly look forward to receiving it!
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Advice on filling out the Common Application for the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance