The Common Application

It is no secret that it can take a long time to fill out individual applications for each prospective college option. The common application takes some of the blood, sweat, and tears out of the application process by completing one application for several colleges. This application is accepted by many accredited colleges across the nation. This application contains general fields for including personal information and academic performance, work history, and extracurricular activitiy backgrounds.

The College Application

The most widely-used common application is offered through The College Application, Inc., an organization that offers a common application for first-year or transfer students. With this common application, students can apply to more than 400 colleges and universities around the nation (both residential and online colleges).

Demographic and Geographic Common Applications

Colleges with a specific demographic may use their own form of common application, take, for instance the Common Black College Application. Additionally, states like Texas and Oklahoma are using their own versions of the common application so students who plan on attending an in-state college can fill out one application for several statewide colleges. In some instances, the common application can also be submitted online, making it one of the most convenient and efficient ways to apply to college.

Next Steps

So, what's next? As a prospective student, find out what types of residential or online schools accept a common applications by reaching out to an admissions representative today.

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