College Admissions

Common Application

Why should I use the Common Application?

With more than 600 Member colleges and only one application, The Common Application is comprised of a rich and diverse membership – colleges that are public, private, large, small, secular, and religious. No other college application system matches the diversity of institutions accessible through The Common Application, which is why more than 1 million students, counselors and teachers rely on us every year.

How does The Common Application work? Colleges request a large amount of information from applicants, and we simplify the process by collecting much of that information all in one place. This prevents students from repeating the details of their background, education, activities, and testing over and over again, for every school on their list. It also enables students to stay on top of deadlines and manage school-specific tasks – without leaving our system.


Pathways to College Videos
1. Exploring and Applying to Colleges
2. Finances
3. Social-Emotional Considerations
4. Succeeding in College
Each video is 30 minutes long.