Common App Welcomes 42 New Members for 2020-21 Application Season
Arlington, VA- Students applying to college in 2020-2021 will soon have access to over 40 additional colleges and universities across the United States through the Common App online application system. Used by more than three million applicants, teachers, and counselors around the world every year, the Common App platform streamlines the college application process for students and connects them to additional support resources, including financial aid and scholarship opportunities, virtual mentors, and more.
“Through these unprecedented times, these 42 colleges and universities continue to help forge a direct and unambiguous path to a viable future for all students, and reduce barriers to college access for underserved students. We are honored to welcome them into our membership,” said Jenny Rickard, President & CEO of Common App. “Thanks to our diverse membership, all students, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to apply to the colleges or universities that will help them achieve their best future.”
“Auburn is in the business of helping people reach their hopes and dreams. By using Common App, even more students across the country and around the world will have the opportunity to learn what sets us apart and how they can pursue their educational and career goals at Auburn.”
Common App is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. For more than 40 years, Common App has played a leading and innovative role in streamlining the college admission process. In addition to providing a single, online application and 24/7/365 support for all students applying to member colleges and universities, the Common App connects applicants to financial aid and scholarship information, virtual mentors, online portfolios, and a vast library of counselor resources available in English and Spanish.
In January 2019, the Common App united with Reach Higher, the college access and success campaign started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her time at the White House. Its core programming, including Better Make Room, UpNext, College Signing Day, Beating the Odds, school counselor support, and current grants continues as part of the Common App’s work with its member institutions, school counselors, and students.
“Clemson University is excited to offer the Common Application as another application avenue for prospective students beginning with the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. We are confident that this partnership with the Common App will allow us to continue to fulfill our mission as a land grant institution in the state of South Carolina by reaching a broader and more diverse group of applicants. We also look forward to the ways this partnership will streamline the application process for prospective students and families across the country, as well as the school counselors who support them throughout their path to college.”
Common App membership enables institutions to:
- Expand their reach to gain exposure to more students, including students who may not have otherwise considered the institution;
- Support college access by simplifying the fee waiver process for students, while also providing opportunities to participate in programming by Reach Higher.
- Gain valuable insight and best practices from the Common App community to inform the college application process and strategic enrollment management decisions at their institutions.
“The University of Georgia is pleased to join the membership of the Common Application for the 2020-21 first-year application cycle. Once the application goes live on September 1st, potential students and families from Georgia and beyond will have the opportunity to use the platform to explore their post-secondary opportunities and to manage their college applications."
New Members of The Common Application for 2020-2021 Application Season*
Bryn Athyn College (PA)
Carlow University (PA)
Holy Family University (PA)
Medaille College (NY)
University of Maryland (MD)
Baker College (MI)
Buena Vista University (IA)
Bethel University (MN)
Cornerstone University (MI)
Lake Superior State University (MI)
Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)
Loyola University Chicago (IL)
Northern Illinois University (IL)
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (WI)
Wilmington College (OH)
American International College (MA)
Arkansas Baptist College (AR)
Auburn University (AL)
Augusta University (GA)
Clemson University (SC)
Coastal Carolina University (SC)
Lees-McRae College (NC)
Milligan University (TN)
Norfolk State University (VA)
Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL)
Richard Bland College of William and Mary (VA)
Spalding University (KY)
Texas Tech University (TX)
Trevecca Nazarene University (TN)
Tuskegee University (AL)
University of Georgia (GA)
University of Louisville (KY)
University of Texas at Dallas (TX)
University of Texas at San Antonio (TX)
University of South Florida (FL)
Virginia Tech (VA)
Winthrop University (SC)
Fresno Pacific University (CA)
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (CO)
New College of the Humanities, London
* Full class will be announced at the launch of the 2020-2021 application season on August 1.
About Common App
Common App is a not-for-profit member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year, more than one million students, one-third of whom are first-generation, apply to college through the Common App’s online application. In January 2019, the Common App united with Reach Higher, the college access and success campaign started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her time at the White House. Its core programming, including Better Make Room, UpNext, College Signing Day, Beating the Odds, school counselor support, and current grants continues as part of the Common App’s work with its member institutions, school counselors, and students. Founded in 1975, Common App serves over 900 member colleges and universities worldwide.
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