New Common App for Transfer to Provide Dynamic, Inclusive Application Experience

Jul 17, 2017

New Common App for Transfer to Provide Dynamic, Inclusive Application Experience

Senior leaders of The Common Application and Liaison International gave a preview of the new transfer application they are developing to higher education professionals at the AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) Technology and Transfer Conference on July 10 in New Orleans, LA.

Common App President & CEO Jenny Rickard along with Dana Mikelson, Associate Director of Product Management at The Common App and Mike Margitich, Vice President of Implementation Services for Liaison International, presented on the new Common App for transfer, which will better serve the diverse backgrounds and life experiences of students transferring from two-year to four-year institutions, returning military veterans, and adult learners.

“The Common App appreciates the importance of meeting the needs of every person seeking higher education – that means supporting the 3 million high school graduates, the more than 30 million learners with some college, and the 60 million adults with no postsecondary education,” said Rickard. “Each one of these groups is vital to the future of our national and global economy. Lifelong learning is key to solving the workforce needs of today – and tomorrow.”

A recent report from the Lumina Foundation shows the realities of changing demographics and evolving student trends:

* 38% of the nation’s undergraduates are older than 25
* 58% of students balance responsibilities of work with their studies
* 26% of students are enrolled while raising children.

Through the new Common App for transfer, there will be one place for students to go to learn about and apply for transfer admission. The application will also be tailored by various pathways to acknowledge their individual circumstances and emphasize their life profiles and educational journey. The goal is to provide a streamlined application that also presents students with the opportunity to tell their stories.

“We’re excited to collaborate with The Common App and leverage what we’ve learned from more than two decades of serving higher education to develop an application specifically for the over one-third of students who transfer,” said Margitich. “The new Common App for transfer will include multiple pathways that weed out irrelevant questions and more flexible fields to collect details about unique backgrounds.”

The Common App’s presence at AACRAO last week included a live demonstration of the new transfer application’s innovative framework with discussions on how to develop the most dynamic and inclusive experience for transfer students.

Building on its initial meeting in June, The Common App’s Transfer Advisory Committee will meet again next month to further refine the core application requirements and platform configurations and integrations. The new Common App for transfer will be available in Winter 2018 for an early adopter group of 10 to 12 Common App member colleges and universities, with a full release to all members of The Common Application set for August 2018.

To find information on upcoming webinars about the new Common App for transfer, go to