Common App Drops Discharge Question for Military Veterans

The Common App has dropped its discharge question for military veterans.

Reported by Inside Higher Ed, 80% of those veterans who skipped that question about “reason for discharge” failed to complete the application altogether. And after surveying their members, 59% of institutions claimed this answer was never necessary to make an admissions decision.

The takeaway? What questions are you asking in your application process that aren’t helping to positively shape your class, but are just scaring students away unnecessarily?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.