We’re a community of nearly 900 colleges and universities dedicated to lowering the barriers to college access by streamlining the application process.
The higher education admissions landscape has never been more complex. See how Common App members are creating new pathways for traditional and post-traditional student populations.
Diversity is our greatest strength. Our members open the doors to possibility for more than one million students every year — a third of whom are first-generation. Last year, they even provided more than $65 million in fee waivers to students in need.
Whether it’s blazing a new trail for transfers or delivering insight to inform your strategy, we’re always looking for ways to make sure you get the most from our system. We provide consultation, tools, and expertise to help you truly understand your applicant pool.
Each year, we develop programming and resources for school counselors, academic advisors, and community-based organizations to scale their services and help students navigate the admission process and discover all that Common App member colleges and universities have to offer. Common App will always be free to students, counselors and families.
Whether it’s through strategic partnerships or technology integrations, our reach and scale allow us to provide more services that support the unique needs of our members, counselors, and students, including:
Access to scholarships
Financial aid resources
Virtual mentoring services
Through Common App membership, you'll have access to a broad eco-system of value-added partners, including graduate admissions, online portfolios, virtual tours, and more.
Use our new data visualization analytics and reporting tool to empower and inform your enrollment strategies.
Membership is open to colleges that share our mission of advancing college access. All members must be:
Accredited by an association recognized by either CHEA or U.S. Department of Education
If located outside the U.S., a member of the Council of International Schools
Committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process
Common App for transfer is built to address and support the needs of the adult student population and provide members with deeper insight into what prospective students can bring to their campuses.
Conduct a counselor workshop, communicate with local media, or promote your institution's unique attributes.
Join Common App at a conference near you. We value opportunities to co-present with members looking to share best practices with the community. Contact us to have a Common App representative collaborate with you on your next presentation.