College Student Blog

16 Jun, 2008

Common Application

Posted by: Parker In: Admissions


The Common Application (Common App) is quite a useful tool in your college admission process. It allows you to apply to 315 colleges with the use of only 1 application. That means instead of writing 315+ different essays, its 1 or 2.

In my opinion, all colleges should adopt to one universal application such as the Common App. If each school would like one separate, unique, and short answer essay, I would classify that as ok also. However, the current college application system is crazy! If it wasn’t so nuts, you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog anyway!

The list of the 315 colleges that accept the Common App can be found here. In order for a college to be accepted into the Common App group of schools, they must give equal treatment to those using the Common App, as opposed to the “standard” application process. Hopefully these schools are actually doing so…

Some schools are actually using the Common Application as their ONLY form of application. The list of these schools can be found here. Included in this list is Northwestern, Yale, and Rice University. Hopefully colleges continue to follow the path being trail blazed by these powerhouse schools.

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5 Responses to "Common Application"

1 | Mark Montgomery

September 25th, 2008 at 10:33 am


Hi. Love your work.

Please consider submitting to the new and improved Carnival of College Admissions. We have a good group going, and would love for you to join in the fun.

2 | Danielle

October 13th, 2008 at 1:28 pm


Just wanted to tell you about the blog, I thought you might find the site useful and/or at least a good read. =D

3 | Dnaielle

October 13th, 2008 at 1:49 pm


I’m sorry, I can’t type…lol. The site isn’t, it’s

5 | Dan Rosenfield

July 27th, 2009 at 3:31 pm


Please note that many fine institutions can not qualify to become a part of The Common Application, including those which “automatically” admit students with given GPA’s and ACT or SAT scores and deny students below their minimums. This is not to say The Common Application is not a good tool…it is…but it is not the be all and end all for college-bound students.

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