Last week (May 18 – 20, 2015) I attended the SuperACAC conference in Reno, Nevada. Members of Western Association of College Admission Counseling (WACAC), Pacific Northwest ACAC, and Rocky Mountain ACAC got together to talk about all things related to college admissions. One of the sessions I attended was about the Common Application. In the session, Scott Anderson of the Common Application shared that over 60 new colleges and universities would be using the Common Application in the upcoming application season. At the time he was not able to share the names of the new colleges. However, the Common Application has now made the official announcement with the new list of colleges.
68 new colleges and universities will accept the Common Application in the 2015-2016 admission year. The new colleges and universities represent:
- 25 states
- 5 countries outside of the United States
- 18 public institutions
- 10 international institutions
- 3 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
The California institutions that have joined the College Application are:
- Columbia College
- Holy Names University
- Marymount California University
- Point Loma Nazarene University
- Zaytuna College
Other well-known colleges that joined the Common Application include:
- Johnson & Wales University campuses (Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence)
- Old Dominion University
- St. John’s University
- 5 SUNY campuses (Alfred State, Canton, Cobleskill, Farmingdale, Morrisville)
- Tulane University
- University of Idaho
- University of Indiana
- Wayne State University
For the full list of the colleges and university that have joined, visit the Common Application announcement.
Late last year we learned the Common Application made changes to their member requirements. In the past, all colleges and universities required an essay and recommendation. However, now colleges and universities can make the decision to require these items or not. The new list of institutions using the Common Application does not share the individual requirements. The Common Application for the 2015-2016 year will open on Aug. 1. Specific application requirements will be available Aug. 1, but individual requirements may be available on institution websites sooner.