President & Chief Executive Officer - Jenny Rickard

President & Chief Executive Officer - Jenny Rickard


The Common Application is a proven engine for advancing college access. I believe deeply in the transformative effect that higher education has on individuals and our society. I’m committed to expanding access to such an experience and supporting my colleagues and their institutions as we all navigate the increasingly dynamic and complex enrollment landscape.

President & Chief Executive Officer Jenny Rickard joined The Common Application in August, 2016.

Her expertise embodies each area of college enrollment management, including admission, marketing communications, technology, and financial aid. Ms. Rickard has shown a strong commitment to access as evidenced by her accomplishments as the chief enrollment officer at both the University of Puget Sound and Bryn Mawr and in admission roles at Swarthmore and New York University School of Law. Her extensive service within the national higher education community includes a wide range of roles with the College Board, Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), US Department of Education, and The Common Application Board of Directors - serving as Board President in 2007. Within the corporate field, Ms. Rickard was a vice president responsible for higher education product strategy at PeopleSoft. She also was a consultant for the higher education software company Datatel and started her career on Wall Street at J.P. Morgan & Co. 

Ms. Rickard received a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania; a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University, Stern School of Business; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Swarthmore College.