Your checklist

Getting started


With Common App, you don't need to fill out the same questions over and over. Create an account for free, answer those questions once, and then submit your applications to all the colleges you're applying to.

If this is your first time attending college you'll need a Common App student account. Create a Common App transfer student account if you've already attended some college and have more than 12 college credits. If you have less than 12 credits or are unsure, contact your colleges and ask which application they'd prefer. 

Gather your materials


Be sure to have documentation detailing your military status, branch, and service dates. Some colleges may also request Department of Defense transcripts such as your Joint Service Transcript (JST) or Verification of Military Experience (VMET).

You can also use our first-year and transfer application guides for more info on what forms you need to gather ahead of time. 

Explore colleges


There are over 1,000 colleges that use Common App! Start finding colleges that interest you. Learn what to look for as a military-connected student.

Connect with your colleges


Many colleges have offices dedicated to assisting military-connected students. Reach out to each college, and they'll help you understand the process and timeline for applying your military benefits. They can also help you understand what your benefits cover and what options are available to you. In additon, they can connect you with other veteran support services, organizations, and events on campus.

Tap into key resources

Our partners at MilGears can help you navigate all the steps of your post-service goals. Their Engage My Career tool can help you set goals and create a clear plan for your future. Take a quick look at what MilGears can do for you on their videos page.

We also encourage you to check out these resources: