More colleges turn to Common Application

March 25, 2010

Concordia, Columbia University, the U of Michigan and 22 other colleges and universities, will, for the first time, permit students to apply using the Common Application. As of July 2010, 414 colleges and universities will accept the application. Students find that the Common App saves time by reducing redundant entry and allowing them to easily submit the same essays to multiple institutions.

Increased use of the Common App is considered a key factor in significant increases in applications to certain member colleges in recent years (**see J.D.’s comments). Columbia University will join the seven other Ivy League schools that already accept the Common Application.

The 25 new member institutions include: (* indicates a public institution):

  • Alaska Pacific University (AK)
  • Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (NY)
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • Concordia University (OR)
  • DePaul University (IL)
  • Fontbonne University (MO)
  • Husson University (ME)
  • Jacobs University Bremen (Germany)
  • Johnson State College* (VT)
  • Maritime College (SUNY)* (NY)
  • Mount Saint Mary College (NY)
  • Morrisville State College (SUNY)* (NY)
  • Otterbein College (OH)
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL)
  • St. John’s College (MD/NM)
  • Stephens College (MO)
  • SUNY Potsdam* (NY)
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County* (MD)
  • University of Connecticut* (CT)
  • University of Michigan* (MI)
  • University of North Carolina Asheville* (NC)
  • Western New England College (MA)
  • Westmont College (CA)
  • Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)
  • Yeshiva University* (NY)

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J.D.’s comments: With the disguise that applying to colleges using the Common Application will make it easier for students, it will also generate more applications for individual colleges. More applications equates to more application fees. Bottom line is that this helps the student, Yes, and it will generate greater revenue for the colleges. A Win-Win, sort of…

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