College Application

Author: Carla Abraham

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If you are planning to apply for college, it is important to know and understand about the different applications that are available.
1. Common Application – This college application was created in 1975 as a way to streamline the undergraduate application process. It is currently accepted at 700 participating schools across the United States. The time-saving benefit of this application is you complete the application only once and can send the same application to multiple schools.
It is highly recommended that you submit the common application online but you also have the option of printing hard copies and mailing them. To learn more and download a common application.

2. Two-Part Application – Certain schools require two-part applications. Part I usually consists of basic contact information such as name, address, telephone and e-mail. The school will usually contact you about the application requirements needed for Part II of the application.

3. Customized Application – Some colleges have their own custom application form. You can contact your school for more information on the customized application. Many schools who have their own application will also accept the common application. It is always best to check with the college.

4. Universal Application – The universal application is fairly new with just under 100 member schools accepting this application. This application is gaining momentum however and may be a good option for students applying to out-of-state colleges. To learn more about the universal application for college.

5. Coalition Application – The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success created this application in the Fall of 2016 to help change the way students approach the college application process. It allows for a streamlined platform where students start preparing and thinking about college much earlier. Students can start recording their accomplishments and goals as early as the 9th grade. There is a digital storage locker that serves a a portfolio for students as well as tools and administrative help to gear students towards academic success. To learn more about the Coalition and the Application, visit: