Get to Know the Universal College Application

Like the Common Application, the Universal College Application enables students to apply to multiple colleges using a single application.

Although fewer colleges accept the Universal College Application than accept the Common Application, some of those colleges do not accept the Common App at all. Check it out!

Colleges That Accept the Universal College Application

Close to 50 colleges currently accept the UCA. The list includes well-known schools such as Cornell and Harvard, as well as international colleges, and many schools that do not accept the Common Application. CollegeData's Universal Application Colleges at a Glance will help you quickly determine whether any of your target colleges accept it. You can also view application deadlines, fees, and supplemental form requirements.

How Is It Different Than the Common Application?

Unlike the Common Application, colleges can use the UCA regardless of their admission requirements. As a result, some colleges using the UCA do not ask for essays and/or recommendations. The UCA also gives you the option of providing a link to online content that tells the colleges more about you—such as an art portfolio, an online video, or a newspaper article.

Some Colleges Have Additional Requirements

Requests for supplemental forms, teacher recommendation letters, and/or essays will be included in the UCA application requirements for that school. The UCA website supplies these report forms as well as forms for letters of recommendation. Counselors and teachers can complete, save, and update these forms on the UCA website.

Making Changes to Your Application

You can revise and save your application as many times as you like before submitting it to colleges. Once you have sent an application to your first college, you may create different versions of it for other colleges.

How to Access the Universal College Application

Go to, or link to the application from the website of a school that accepts it. Using the UCA is free, but you are still required to pay the college's application fees.

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