Apply to college

You already know the value of college. Here’s how to get started on the application process.

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Apply to college

You already know the value of college. Here’s how to get started on the application process.

How it works

1

Create your profile

Your Common App profile is your chance to shine. It’s everything you want a college or university to know about you - from your academic coursework to your extracurricular activities.

2

Add colleges to your list

Now you get to decided what’s most important to you in a college or university. Search through the characteristics and add colleges that align with them.

3

Gather requirements

Once you’ve decided where you want to apply, make a checklist of everything required. Each college and university is different, so make sure you stay on top of their application requirements.

4

Submit applications

Be sure to take a moment to celebrate this huge accomplishment! And remember to finish the academic year on a high note, apply for financial aid and prepare for the future.

The application guides

Now that you know what to expect from the process, you’re ready to apply. We’ve created two simple guides, one for first-year and one for transfer applicants.

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For first-time students

Use this guide if you’re in high school and intend to apply as a first-time full-time freshman. It will walk you through the application from start to finish.

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For transfer students

If you’re looking to transfer to a four-year institution or intend to restart your college journey, this is the place to get started.

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Get Common App on your phone

Our mobile app helps you track your progress, stay on top of application requirements, and manage deadlines.

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Start your application today

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