get to know the common application

More than one million students apply to college each year using the Common Application. Why? It lets you apply to multiple colleges using one centralized application, and a whole lot more. Here’s a crash course in the Common App.

What is the Common App?

The Common Application is a free application platform accepted by more than 900 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years, the Common App has evolved from a single form students could use to apply to several colleges into a large college application hub. Students now use the Common App to research colleges, build their college lists, request recommendations, manage deadlines, apply for scholarships, and more.

How Much Does the Common App Cost?

Using the Common Application is free. You will, however, have to pay the college’s application fees, if required. Application fee waivers are available through the Common Application for students who qualify.

Where Can You Find the Common App?

Students can access the Common App at commonapp.org, and most colleges accepting it provide links to the application from their websites. Using the Common Application is free. You will, however, have to pay the college’s application fees, although application fee waivers are available through the Common Application for students who qualify.

Which Colleges Accept the Common Application?

The guide below features four-year colleges in the U.S. on CollegeData that accept the Common App and includes application deadlines, fees, and requirements for essays and recommendations.  

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E: College requires Common App essay

WS: College requires Writing Supplementin addition to or in place of the Common App essay

E, WS: College requires both Common App essay and a Writing Supplement

CR: Counselor Recommendation required

TR: Teacher Recommendation required

OE: Other/non-academic evaluation required

School Report: a description of your high school provided by your counselor, usually sent with your transcript

Midyear Report: Grades from the first term of senior year

Data represents list of Common App schools on CollegeData as of September 15, 2020.

Colleges that Accept the Common Application