Are you applying to college soon? If so, you’ve probably heard of the Common Application—an online application you can use for more than 800 colleges. Since you only have to fill out one application, it saves you time when applying to college. In addition to time, it saves you a lot of money.
But which colleges use the Common Application? And which Common Application schools are in your state? We have a complete list here, broken down by state and updated for the 2019-20 academic year.
What Is the Common Application?
The Common Application is a college application shared by its member colleges. Member colleges then accept this application from prospective students. There are total 800 members.
So what does this mean for you? Instead of filling out an individual application for each school, all you have to do is fill out the Common Application once and send it to whichever colleges you want to apply to that accept it.
However, this doesn’t mean you can apply to dozens of colleges with the click of a button. Many colleges have additional supplements you have to submit. These are forms with additional questions and sometimes an extra essay.
Furthermore, most colleges have application fees, so you can’t apply to hundreds of schools—unless, of course, you have a lot of money to burn!
Finally, the Common Application only accepts colleges that use a holistic review process. In other words, Common Application colleges look at each applicant as a whole, taking into account grades, SAT/ACT scores, essays, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, etc. Because of this, all of these components are part of the Common Application. (However, the essay is no longer required for all schools.)
While the Common Application is used by many private universities, some public school systems, including many schools in the State University of New York (SUNY) system, accept it as well. However, you should be aware that public schools tend to have their own application systems.
Lastly, the Common Application is accepted by the following top colleges and universities:
All eight Ivy League schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale) Many other highly selective schools, including Stanford, the University of Chicago, Caltech, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Rice
International Common Application Members by Country
The following list, organized by country, contains all international Common Application schools. At present, 60 schools outside the US use the Common Application.
American University in Bulgaria
Queen's University, Canada
Quest University Canada
St. Thomas University,
CanadaUniversity of Guelph
Duke Kunshan University
University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
The American University of Paris
Bard College Berlin
Jacobs University Bremen
The University of Hong Kong
Mary Immaculate College
DublinUniversity of Limerick
The American University of RomeJohn Cabot University in Rome
Doshisha University, The Institute for the Liberal Arts
Temple University, Japan Campus
Riga Business School
American University of Beirut
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
Northwestern University in Qatar
Yale NUS College
Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Korea
Underwood International College, Yonsei University
Saint Louis University—Madrid Campus
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)
Franklin University Switzerland
Arts University Bournemouth
Bath Spa University
Brunel University London
ESCP Europe Business School
Regent's University London
Richmond, The American International University in London
Robert Gordon University
St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London
University of Aberdeen
University of Bristol
University of Derby
University of East Anglia
University of East London
University of Glasgow
University of Huddersfield
University of Lincoln
University of Plymouth
University of Sheffield
University of St. Andrews
University of Stirling
University of Warwick
University of West London
University of Worcester
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