Each year, more than 1 million students apply to more than 900 Comon App member colleges worldwide through our online college application platform.
Follow the steps below to get started, or visit our first-year and transfer application guides for more information.
How it works
Create your profile
Your Common App profile is your chance to shine. It’s everything you want a college or university to know about you – from your academic coursework to your extracurricular activities.
Add colleges to your list
Now you get to decide what’s most important to you in a college or university. Search through the characteristics and add colleges that align with them.
Once you’ve decided where you want to apply, make a checklist of everything required. Each college and university is different, so make sure you stay on top of their application requirements.
Be sure to take a moment to celebrate this huge accomplishment! And remember to finish the academic year on a high note, apply for financial aid and prepare for the future.
The application guides
Now that you know what to expect from the process, you’re ready to apply. We’ve created two simple guides, one for first-year and one for transfer applicants.
For first-time students
Use this guide if you’re in high school and intend to apply as a first-time full-time freshman. It will walk you through the application from start to finish. View the first-year applicant guide
For transfer students
If you’re looking to transfer to a four-year institution or intend to restart your college journey, this is the place to get started.
The Common App essay prompts provide an amazing opportunity for you to tell colleges and universities about who you are and how you can contribute to your future campus experience,
Explore colleges on Common App
Search more than 900 member colleges and universities using Common App. See application requirements, access virtual tours, learn about academic programs, testing policies, and student experience on campus. Get started today to add colleges to your My Colleges tab in the application. Search for colleges.
Get Comon App on your phone
Take Comon App with you where ever you go. Our mobile app helps you track your progress, stay on top of application requirements, and manage deadlines.
College exploration and planning
There are so many important factors involved in finding the right college for you. Here are some resources to help you discover the most important qualities in your future college campus.