The Common Application (informally known as the Common App) is an undergraduate college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of 456 member colleges and universities in the United States and various other countries. It is managed by the staff of a not-for-profit membership association (The Common Application, Inc.) and governed by a 13-member volunteer Board of Directors drawn from the ranks of college admission deans and secondary school college guidance counselors. Its mission is to encourage the use of "holistic admission" a process that includes subjective factors gleaned from essays and recommendations alongside more objective criteria such as class rank and standardized testing.
Member institutions may also require a "Common App Supplement," and ask additional questions, with only two restrictions:
- supplement questions may not re-ask questions already asked on the Common Application (except identifying information like name, address, date of birth, etc.), and
- supplement questions may not ask questions that violate the NACAC Statement of Principles and Good Practice (such as "rank order of your college choices").
There is a Common Application for First-Year Admission and another for Transfer Admission. Both versions allow the application to be filled out once online and submitted to all schools with the same information going to each. Once the application is submitted to a college online, it cannot be changed for that college; the student must contact the college directly if they wish to correct an error or provide more information. The online system also allows the student to submit and track other components of their application such as supplements, payments, and school forms.
The procedure simplifies the college application process. In fact, it has become the preferred method of submitting “Early Decision/Action” applications to many Ivy League schools. To order a Common Application you may download and print it directly from the internet at: www.commonapp.org.
Many member institutions have their supplements linked to this website and will also accept the Common Application. If a school has signed the Common Application agreement, then they have agreed to accept and process this application equally to their own form. If you have any doubts about whether a school you’re interested in accepts the Common Application you may check the aforementioned website.
Seniors! In order for Ms. Lopez to submit a letter of recommendation, transcript, and secondary school report, you must log into your follow instructions and tasks assigned to you in Naviance. All tasks must be completed by Oct. 15 for Early Action and Nov. 1st for Regular decision.