Which Colleges Use the Common Application?

CollegeData’s Common App Guide presents the application deadlines, fees, and application requirements for colleges accepting the Common Application.

The Common App Guide features:

  • Application deadlines, fees, and requirements for more than 700 Common App colleges and universities on CollegeData
  • Early Action and Early Decision deadlines
  • Requirements for essays, supplemental questions, and letters of recommendation

How to Use the Common App Guide:

  • Enter a college name to find out if the college accepts the Common Application and to view its application deadlines and requirements.
  • Want to find schools that don’t require an essay or application fee, or that offer Early Decision? Simply click the top of the column.

Key to the Guide

E: College requires the Common App essay 

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

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

CR: Counselor Recommendation required

TR: Teacher Recommendation required

OR: Other/non-academic recommendation 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 October 2019.


Colleges that Accept the Common Application