Diverse and Distinctive Institutions Join Global Common Application Community

Mar 31, 2016

Diverse and Distinctive Institutions Join Global Common Application Community

(Image above of students at Baylor University in Waco, Texas) 

The Common Application welcomes 48 influential and innovative institutions to its membership of nearly 700 colleges and universities in the United States and around the world. New Common App members represent 22 U.S. states, 5 countries outside the U.S., and include 11 U.S. public, 26 U.S. private, and 11 international institutions. Additional new members are planning to join throughout the spring and summer.

These new members each bring a unique mission and special qualities while all sharing the commitment to advancing college access.

“We feel that our efforts to increase college access are very much in line with The Common Application’s principles,” said Jessica Wright Stage, Associate Director for Admissions Operations at Ohio University. “The Common App is a community, not just an application, and we are excited to be a part of it. We recognize Common App as a resource for every student.”

By becoming a Common App member, these colleges and universities will have the opportunity to discover those dynamic students who may not have been reached in the past. A broad range of bright and talented students from across the globe will be able to explore the exceptional programs at these institutions and apply in a streamlined way when they are ready. 

“The application process can be a significant barrier to students, particularly first generation and low-income students,” said Chandra deKoven, Director of Admission at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. “We recognize that the application we use is a direct reflection of who we are as an institution. By joining the Common App, we will have a platform that will allow us to ask the questions specific to our unique institution, continue to review applicants holistically, cull data to better understand our pool of applicants and incoming students, and present a system that is not only recognized by many educators, but provides ample support.”

Students can create a Common Application account now to learn more about the college admissions process. Common App accounts made will roll over to 2016-2017 and beyond. The answers for any of the questions that appear in the six sections of the “Common App” tab (Profile, Family, Education, Testing, Activities, and Writing) will be preserved. High school counselors can use Common App Ready, a flexible advising tool, to introduce students and families to the college preparation and application processes whenever is best for individual needs.

New Members of The Common Application

United States

Alvernia University
Antioch College
Baker University
Bard College at Simon's Rock
Baylor University
Benedictine College
Benedictine University  
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
Carthage College
Concordia College at Moorhead
Concordia University Chicago
D'Youville College
Dean College
Eastern Kentucky University
Edgewood College
George Mason University
Goddard College
Hastings College
Indiana University-Bloomington
Keiser University Flagship Campus - West Palm Beach Florida
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Middle Tennessee State University
North Park University
Northwest Nazarene University
Ohio University
Paul Smith's College
St. Andrews University (NC)
Stephens College
The Culinary Institute of America (CA)
The Culinary Institute of America (NY)
The Culinary Institute of America (TX)
Touro College
University of Akron Main Campus
University of Alabama at Birmingham 
University of Bridgeport
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Western Illinois University      


Birmingham City University
Bishop's University
Doshisha University, The Institute for the Liberal Arts 
IE University                                
Quest University Canada 
Saint Louis University-Madrid
University of East Anglia
University of Hong Kong
University of Lincoln
University of Warwick
University of Worcester