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Become a Common App member college
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Help us improve access, equity, and integrity in college admissions. We can’t do it without you.
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Expanding our reach to increase access for all
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We’re a community of over 900 colleges and universities dedicated to lowering the barriers to college access by streamlining the application process.

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What members say about Common App
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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.

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1. Access a diverse applicant pool
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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.

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2. Gain insight into your data
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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.

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3. Support those who support students
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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.

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4. Connect applicants to a robust ecosystem of resources
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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:

 

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5. Value-added partner solutions
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Through Common App membership, you'll have access to a broad set of value-added partners, including graduate admissions, online portfolios, virtual tours, and more. 

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Membership is open to colleges that share our mission of advancing college access. All members must be:

  • Not-for-profit

  • Undergraduate degree-granting

  • 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

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Harness the power of your data with Common App Insight
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Use our new data visualization analytics and reporting tool to empower and inform your enrollment strategies.

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Support all students along their journey
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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.

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Get the most out of your membership
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Conduct a counselor workshop, communicate with local media, or promote your institution's unique attributes.

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Learn how your college or university can join Common App. Help us improve access, equity, and integrity in college admissions. We can’t do it without you.