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Common Application for Over 450 Colleges

Save time with Common App and apply to many of the best private colleges and universities with just one application through Make your college application process easy with just one common application used at more than 450 schools in the U.S. and Europe.

Last updated on October 21 2016 by College Financial Aid Advice

What is Common App?

USC, University of Southern California

The Common App, also called the Common Application is used by colleges and universities that promote admission to college through a holistic process. A holistic college selection process includes objective criteria and subjective criteria, such as:

* academic recommendation

* writing sample - A well-written essay is important part of your Common App. Here is a link to the Common Application Essay Prompts

* campus diversity considerations

If a college or university used only objective criteria, such as SAT or ACT scores and GPA, they do not use the common application. This is true for most public (state) colleges and universities.

Online Common Application

The Common Application Online for 2017 - 2018 is available online starting in August 2016 (application is for fall 2017). You can set up an account earlier than that day, and start planning which colleges you will apply for.

Undergraduate students may apply using either the First Year Admission Form, or transfer students should use the Transfer Application. Additional forms and supplemental applications are available at the website listed below:

I recommend you print out the application and complete a draft on paper, before you finalize and submit online. It is strongly preferred to submit your Common App online.

Note: If you are a parent or counselor, you can also register online to see all the information and questions at the website. This allows you to check out all the information without actually being a student applying to colleges using the Common App.

Need Financial Aid? Check out these useful pages about financial aid applications and the real cost of attending a private vs. public college.


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Which Schools Use the Common Application?

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The following colleges and universities, listed in alphabetical order, use the CommonApp for college application. This list may change from time to time as schools add or drop this application program.

A-C | D-L | M-R | S-T | U-Z

A-C List of Colleges and Universities Common App

Adelphi University

Agnes Scott College

Alaska Pacific University

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Albion College

Albright College

Alfred University

Allegheny College

Alma College

American University

American University of Paris

American University of Rome

Amherst College

Anna Maria College

Arcadia University

Assumption College

Augsburg College

Augustana College (Illinois)

Augustana College (South Dakota)

Austin College (Texas)

Babson College

Baldwin-Wallace College

Bard College

Barnard College

Bates College

Belmont University

Beloit College

Bennington College

Bentley University

Berry College

Birmingham Southern College

Blackburn College

Boston College (MA)

Boston University (Massachusetts)

Bowdoin College

Bradley University

Brandeis University

Brown University

Bryant University

Bryn Mawr College

Bucknell University

Burlington College

Butler University

Caldwell College

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

California Lutheran University

Calvin College

Canisius College

Carleton College

Carnegie Mellon University

Carroll College (Montana)

Carroll University

Case Western Reserve University

Castleton State College

Catholic University of America

Cazenovia College

Cedar Crest College

Centenary College (Louisiana)

Centenary College (NJ)

Centre College

Champlain College

Chapman University

Chatham University

Christian Brothers University

Christopher Newport University

Claremont McKenna College (CA)

Clarkson University

Clark University

Coe College

Colby College

Colby-Sawyer College

Colgate University

College of Idaho

College of Mount Saint Vincent

College of New Jersey

College of New Rochelle

College of Notre Dame of Maryland

College of the Atlantic

College of the Holy Cross

College of William & Mary

College of Saint Rose

College of St. Joseph

College of Wooster

Colorado College

Colorado State University

Columbia College Chicago

Columbia University

Concordia College

Concordia University

Concordia University Irvine

Connecticut College

Converse College

Cornell College

Cornell University

Creighton University

Curry College

D-L List of Colleges and Universities Common Application

Daemen College

Dartmouth College

Davidson College

Denison University

DePaul University

DePauw University

DeSales University

Dickinson College

Dillard University

Dominican University of California

Dowling College

Drake University

Drew University

Drexel University

Drury University

Duke University

Earlham College

Eastern Connecticut State University

Eckerd College

Elizabethtown College

Elmira College

Elms College

Emerson College

Emmanuel College

Emory & Henry College

Emory University

Fairfield University

Fisk University

Flagler College

Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Southern College

Fontbonne University

Fordham University

Franklin and Marshall College

Franklin College Switzerland

Franklin Pierce University

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Furman University

Gannon University

George Washington University

Gettysburg College

Gonzaga University

Goshen College

Goucher College

Green Mountain College

Grinnell College

Guilford College

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamilton College

Hamline University (Minnesota)

Hampden-Sydney College

Hampshire College

Hanover College

Hartwick College

Harvard University

Harvey Mudd College (Calif.)

Haverford College

Hendrix College

Hillsdale College

Hiram College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hofstra University

Hollins University

Hood College

Hope College

Howard University

Hult International Business School

Husson University

Illinois College

Illinois Institute of Technology

Illinois Wesleyan University

Immaculata University

Iona College

Ithaca College

Jacobs University Bremen

John Cabot University in Rome

John Carroll University

Johns Hopkins University

Johnson State College

Juniata College

Kalamazoo College

Keene State College

Keele University

Kenyon College

Keuka College

Keystone College

Kings College

Knox College

Lafayette College

Lake Erie College

Lake Forest College

La Salle University

Lasell College

Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence University

Lehigh University

Le Moyne College

Lesley College

Lewis & Clark College (Oregon)

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania

Linfield College

Lipscomb University

List College The Jewish Theological Seminary

Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (New York)

Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus

Loyola Marymount University

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University New Orleans

Luther College

Lycoming College

Lyndon State College

Lynn University

M-R List of Colleges and Universities CommonApp

Macalester College

Manchester University

Manhattan College

Manhattanville College

Marietta College

Marist College

Marlboro College

Marquette University

Marymount Manhattan College

Marymount University

Maryville University of St. Louis

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

McDaniel College

Menlo College

Mercer University

Mercyhurst College

Meredith College

Merrimack College

Miami University (Ohio)

Middlebury College

Millsaps College

Mills College

Molloy College

Moravian College

Morehouse College

Mount Holyoke College

Mount Saint Mary College (New York)

Mount St. Mary's College (Los Angeles, CA)

Muhlenberg College

Naropa University

Nazareth College

Newbury College

New College of Florida

New England College

New School - Eugene Lang College

New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

New York University (NYU)

Niagara University

Nichols College

Northeastern University

Northland College

Northwestern University

Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, California)

Oberlin College

Occidental College

Oglethorpe University

Ohio Northern University

The Ohio State University

Ohio Wesleyan University

Oklahoma City University

Otterbein University

Pace University

Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific University

Pepperdine University

Philadelphia University

Pitzer College

Plymouth State University

Polytechnic Institute of New York University

Pomona College (Cal.)

Presbyterian College

Prescott College

Princeton University

Providence College

Quinnipiac University

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Randolph College

Randolph-Macon College

Reed College (Oregon)

Regis College

Regis University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island College

Rhode Island School of Design

Rhodes College

Rice University

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Richmond The American International University in London

Rider University

Ringling College of Art and Design

Ripon College

Roanoke College

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roger Williams University

Rollins College

Rosemont College

Rowan University

Russell Sage College

S-T List of Colleges and Universities Common App

Sacred Heart University

Sage College of Albany

Saint Anselm College

Saint Francis University

Saint John's University (College of Saint Benedict)

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Saint Josephs University

Saint Leo University

Saint Louis University

Saint Martin's University

Saint Mary's College of California

Saint Marys College of Indiana

Saint Marys University of Minnesota

Saint Michaels College

Saint Peters College

Saint Vincent College

Salem College

Salisbury University

Salve Regina University

Samford University

Santa Clara University (California)

Sarah Lawrence College

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Scripps College

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle University

Seton Hall University

Seton Hill University

Sewanee: The University of the South

Siena College

Sierra Nevada College

Simmons College

Simpson College

Skidmore College

Smith College

Soka University of America

Southern Methodist University

Southern New Hampshire University

Southwestern University

Spelman College

Spring Hill College

Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)

St. Bonaventure University

St. Catherine University

St. Edwards University

St. Thomas University

Stephens College

Stetson University

Stevens Institute of Technology

Stevenson University

St. John Fisher College

St. Johns College (Maryland)

St. Johns College (New Mexico)

St. Josephs College - Brooklyn Campus

St. Joseph's College - Long Island Campus

St. Lawrence University

St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Norbert College

St. Olaf College

Stonehill College

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Suffolk University

SUNY Binghamton University

SUNY Buffalo State College

SUNY College at Brockport

SUNY College at Geneseo

SUNY College at Old Westbury

SUNY College at Oneonta

SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

SUNY Cortland

SUNY Fredonia

SUNY Institute of Technology

SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Morrisville State College

SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Purchase College

SUNY Stony Brook University

SUNY University at Albany

SUNY University at Buffalo

Susquehanna University

Swarthmore College

Sweet Briar College

Syracuse University

Tennessee Wesleyan College

Texas Christian University

Thiel College

Thomas College

Towson University

Transylvania University

Trinity College

Trinity University

Tufts University

U-Z List of Colleges and Universities Common App

Union College

University of Chicago

University of Connecticut

University of Dallas (TX)

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Evansville

University of Findlay

University of Great Falls

University of Hartford

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Kentucky

University of LaVerne

University of Maine

University of Maine at Farmington

University of Maine at Machias

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Mary Washington

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of New England

University of New Hampshire

University of New Haven

University of New Orleans

University of North Carolina Asheville

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of Notre Dame

University of Pennsylvania

University of Portland

University of Puget Sound

University of Redlands

University of Rhode Island

University of Richmond

University of Rochester

University of Saint Joseph

University of San Diego (California)

University of San Francisco (Cali.)

University of Scranton

University of Southern California (USC)

University of Southern Maine

University of St Andrews

University of Stirling

University of Tampa

The University of Tennessee Knoxville

The University of Tulsa

University of the Pacific (UOP)

University of the Sciences

University of Vermont

University of Virginia

Ursinus College

Utica College

Valparaiso University

Vanderbilt University

Vassar College

Villanova University

Virginia Intermont College

Wabash College

Wagner College

Wake Forest University

Warren Wilson College

Wartburg College

Washington and Lee University

Washington College

Washington & Jefferson College

Washington University in St. Louis

Webster University

Wellesley College

Wells College

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wesleyan University

Western New England University

Westminster College (Missouri)

Westminster College (Pennsylvania)

Westminster College (Utah)

Westmont College

Wheaton College

Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheelock College

Whitman College

Whittier College

Whitworth University

Willamette University

William Jewell College

Williams College

Wilson College

Wittenberg University

Wofford College

Woodbury University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Xavier University

Xavier University of Louisiana

Yale-NUS College

Yale University

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