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OSU develops online toolkit for college applications

Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, recently announced the launch of an online toolkit to help students around the world complete the college application process. The resource, AXS Companion, launched on September 1 and is available for free, according to a university press release.

AXS Companion was developed through a partnership between the university and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). It features videos that guide students through the common app, used by more than 1,000 higher education institutions in all 50 states and 20 countries, the press release reports.

“This tool provides critical assistance to underserved and first-generation students navigating the college application process,” said Ed Feser, president and executive vice president of Oregon State University. “The collaborative development of this tool also demonstrates the State of Oregon’s commitment to providing access to a college education not only to learners in Oregon, but across the country and the world.”

Each year, more than one million students use the Commons App to apply to colleges, connect to college counseling resources, and explore financial aid and scholarship options. In 2021, about 700,000 students created accounts on the Common Application platform but never completed an application, according to the OSU press release.

“Enrolling in college, once just a rite of passage for high schoolers, has become more stressful,” said Jon Boeckenstedt, vice provost for enrollment management at OSU. “Anyone involved in college admissions, even for a short time, knows that the best way to increase access to college is to break down the barriers the system can put between students and a degree. university.

College Consortium founder and IECA member Marilyn O’Toole said she recognizes the need to simplify the college application process and provide support and resources for students. “Our goal has been to create change by increasing access and clarity for students when navigating the common application, especially students from underfunded communities,” she said. “Our IECA team provided resources and guidance similar to what we offer our students.”

The AXS Companion includes over 50 modules breaking down various sections of the Common Application, including topics such as additional trials, financial aid, and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) waivers.

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