The Common Application

The Common Application membership association was established in 1975 by 15 private colleges. Their goal was to provide a common, standardized freshman application form for use at any member institution. The organization has grown steadily and now provides both online and print versions of its First-year and Transfer Applications.

Membership is quickly approaching 500 institutions and now represents the full range of higher education institutions in America: public and private, large and small, highly selective and modestly selective, and every region of the country.

Click here to access The Common Application website Home Page.

The Purpose of This Page

We created this page on our website to provide you with some quick links to key areas on The Common Application website as well as important information and updates regarding the application. There are currently 488 colleges that are using The Common Application, and if a student is applying to just even one of them, it’s imperative that this form be completed for admission.

Click here for a list of all the colleges using The Common Application.

Member colleges have traditionally been private schools, but you’ll notice more and more public institutions on the list. 46 states and the District of Columbia are represented as well as several European countries. 35 schools were added to the list last year for the 2012-2013 college year with 9 of them being public institutions.

Common Questions for Applicants

If this is your first time exploring The Common Application, you’re sure to have lots of questions. The Common Application website has a great FAQ page. And it includes an informative video that you’ll be sure to want to watch.

Click here for great Q&A concerning The Common Application.

If you need additional support from The Common Application Support Team, click here for a form to contact them directly. They do not offer phone support. To assure their reply doesn’t get trapped in your junk email or rejected as spam by your ISP, be sure to add the “” domain to your address book and/or safe list.

The Forms

You may think that The Common Application would involve downloading a single form… the application. Well, that’s not the case. There are more than a dozen downloadable PDF documents, and that’s not counting the College-Specific Supplements. From the Instructions document to the Common Application itself to the Teacher Evaluation form… you’ll find them all conveniently listed on one page.

Click here for a list of all the forms available to download.

How We Can Help

A common misconception that often causes admission rejections is that The Common Application is a piece of cake. After all, how difficult could an application be? In reality, there are numerous strategies on completing The Common Application properly and in a manner that can actually improve your chances of admission.

In the competitive college landscape that exists today, it’s common for students to work with a professional counselor who’s well-versed on this important application. We have a team of experts in every element of College Planning, including Admissions & Essay Support.

If you would like to have a competitive edge in the college admission process by having a finely tuned Common Application, give us a call at 949.340.2675 or shoot us an email and together we’ll determine to what extent you may need our professional services.

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