Application Form

This is the fill-in-the-blank part of the application; you will need information such as your social security number, your high school code (the number used to identify your high school), your college’s entrance test scores, and perhaps your grades and courses in high school.

All information must be absolutely correct; that means factually and grammatically! Use capital letters, proper punctuation, and perfect grammar AT ALL TIMES. Your application must be PERFECT! Once you think you have finished completing your application, proofread it. Then have someone else proofread it…And then someone ELSE!

You are potentially competing with thousands of other students, and a sloppy, inaccurate, or incomplete application will cost you your admission!

Do not wait until the last minute! Even if you are not applying under an early decision/action program, apply as early as you can. The longer you wait, the higher the admission stakes can become: programs fill up, selectivity increases. Always submit all of your application materials well in advance of deadlines! You will be less stressed if you can take your time, be absolutely thorough, and still have plenty of time left for that one last proofread before your application is due.

Most students use online applications (and the majority of schools prefer to receive an online application), but paper applications are usually available too. There are also services that let you complete one application online and submit it to several colleges, such as:

  • The Common Application:  Over 450 colleges and universities across the United States (and in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Scotland) participate with the Common Application. Students can apply online (preferred by many schools) or use the print version. The Common App allows you to spend less time on the busywork of completing multiple admission application forms, and more time on other elements of college-planning. Here are a few things you should know:
    • Check your schools’ participation
    • You may have to submit supplemental materials for certain schools in addition to the common application. Supplemental materials vary by school and will be noted in each school’s list of required materials (which you can find by searching for the school at the above page).
    • You can apply early decision and/or early action using the Common Application. Deadlines for these programs (and regular decision) are listed on each school’s profile page within the website.
    • You must still submit fees for each school to which you apply, and you can do this through Common App’s website. Applications will not be submitted without payment. If using a fee waiver, your school counselor will need to contact each school to find out their policy on Common App submission with a fee waiver.
    • Your recommenders and school counselor can submit their letters, Common App forms, and your official school transcript online using the Common App system. This cuts down on paperwork and costs for you and may be more convenient for them. You will find the option to “invite” your recommenders to online submission within the application itself; the system emails them with a link at your request.
  • The Universal ApplicationThe Universal Application is very similar to the Common Application, and in fact, some colleges and universities are members of both sites. There are some differences:
    • The Universal Application has fewer member institutions (44), and all are located in the U.S.
    • There are athletics and arts supplements (which are not required but may be relevant to some applicants) included in the Universal Application.