Common App Toolkit
For more information about the Common App, take a look at the Common App Toolkit or the Common App Tutorial Videos
What is the Common App?
The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process.
Common App serves students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications that students and school officials may submit to any of our over 700 members. Membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process. Not all colleges are part of the Common App, so before beginning the Common App be sure to check to see that the school you are applying to accepts the Common App.
You can check to see if colleges you are interested in use the Common App by selecting this link
Why Would I Use the Common App?
If applying to multiple schools that accept the Common App, you may save time by not needing to complete a separate application for each individual school. Note that many schools require some additional information from you outside of the Common App material.
If My School Accepts the Common App, Do I Have to Use It?
That will vary depending on the college. Many colleges give students the option of completing the Common App or the school's application. Check the admissions page for your college or ask your admission rep.
What if Some Colleges I am Applying to Require the Common App and Others Do Not?
The application you choose to complete is always your choice when you have multiple options. Generally, we would recommend that you apply using the Common App if three or more of the colleges you are applying to offer it as an option. If fewer than three schools use the Common App, use the school's application.