Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know that The Common Application,home to some 600 college applications, goes "live" for 2015-16 on August 1 (that's this coming Saturday, for those who may be calendar adverse). 

And so, courtesy of our friends and colleagues at The Prospect, here's a Step-by-step guide to filling out the common app

Okay, so this guide presumes that Hogwarts is your first choice (is that school even on Common App?), and it is based on the 2014-15 version of The Common App (because this year's version is still officially under wraps).

Yes, Common App makes some changes for 2015-16. And HERE THEY ARE. Still, this guide will take you, section by section, through the intricate maze that, but for the absence of Dumbledore and the sorting hat, leads to those ivy-covered gates.

The ultimate guide to Common App and the wonderful world of college applications and admissions? Not quite. After all, that's what you have COLLEGE CONNECTION for! 

Uncommon Guidance for The Common App