Common App Removes School Discipline Question for 2021-2022 Application Season

“We want our application to allow students to highlight their full potential. Requiring students to disclose disciplinary actions has a clear and profound adverse impact. Removing this question is the first step in a longer process to make college admissions more equitable. This is about taking a stand against practices that suppress college-going aspiration and overshadow potential.”

Jenny Rickard, President & CEO, Common App

“The school discipline box has kept many talented students of all races from even applying to college because they didn’t think they would get in. The data are very clear. It's time for colleges to test previous assumptions about the admissions process and eliminate requirements where any perceived benefit is so far outweighed by the damage.”

Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)