The Common Application, often referred to as Common App, is a centralized college application platform used by students to apply to multiple colleges and universities using a single application. It aims to streamline the college application process by allowing students to fill out a standardized application form and submit it to multiple participating institutions.
Here are key features and aspects of the Common Application:
- Single Application: Students can complete one Common App online and send it to multiple member colleges and universities.
- Member Colleges and Universities: The Common App is accepted by over 900 member institutions in the United States and other countries.
- Application Components: The Common App includes common sections such as personal information, academic history, extracurricular activities, essays, recommendations, and more.
- Essay Prompts: The Common App typically has essay prompts or questions that students must respond to, allowing colleges to assess the applicant's writing skills and gain insights into their personality and experiences.
- Application Fee Waivers: Some member colleges and universities offer application fee waivers for students applying through the Common App, making it more accessible for students from various socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Rolling Deadlines: Colleges and universities on the Common App may have different application deadlines (e.g., Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision) that students can choose from based on their preferences.
- Integration with SchooLinks: For some high schools, the Common App integrates with SchooLinks, a college and career readiness software, to facilitate the application process and transcript submissions.
For guidance in setting up your CommonApp profile and/or submitting your college applications, please refer to the presentations below. Additionally, don't hesitate to reach out to our College & Career Coach for personalized one-on-one assistance.