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Complete Guide: Which Schools Use the Common Application?

Posted by Halle Edwards | May 1, 2015 1:30:00 PM

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Are you applying to college soon? If so, you’ve probably heard about the Common Application – an online application you can use for over 600 colleges. Since you only have to fill out one application, it saves you time when applying to college.

But which colleges use the Common Application, and which Common Application schools are in your state? We have a complete list here, broken down by state, and updated for the 2016-17 academic year.

 

 

What Is the Common Application?

The Common Application is a college application shared by its member colleges. Member colleges accept this application from prospective students.

This means that instead of filling out an individual application for each college, you just fill out the Common Application once and send it to whichever colleges you want to apply to that accept it.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you can apply to dozens of colleges with the click of a button. Many colleges have additional “supplements” you have to fill out. These are forms with additional questions, and sometimes additional essay. Furthermore, most colleges have application fees, so you can’t apply to hundreds of colleges – unless you have a lot of money to burn.

The Common Application only accepts colleges with a holistic review process. In other words, Common Application colleges look at the applicant as a whole, taking into account grades, SAT/ACT scores, essays, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, etc. Because of this, all of these components are on the Common Application.

 

 

Who Uses the Common Application?

Over 600 colleges use the Common Application! At least one college in every state accepts it, with the exceptions of Kansas, North Dakota, and Wyoming. Furthermore, international universities from 15 countries also accept the Common Application.

While the Common Application is used by many private universities, some public systems, like many schools in the State University of New York (SUNY), accept it. However, you should be aware that public schools tend to have their own application systems.

In terms of the big names, all eight Ivy League schools (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Yale), as well as other top schools like Stanford, University of Chicago, Caltech, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, and Rice accept the Common Application.

 

Common Application Members by State/Country

 

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Without further ado, here is the complete list of colleges that use the Common Application, organized by state for American universities and by country for international schools.

If you are wondering if a particular school uses the Common Application, you can search for it on this page by using the CTRL-F function.

 

Alabama

  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • Samford University
  • Spring Hill College
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

Alaska

  • Alaska Pacific University

 

Arizona

  • Prescott College

 

Arkansas

  • Hendrix College

 

California

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  • American Jewish University
  • California College of the Arts
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • California Lutheran University
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Columbia College Hollywood
  • Concordia University Irvine
  • Dominican University of California
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Holy Names University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Marymount California University
  • Menlo College
  • Mills College
  • Mount St. Mary's University, Los Angeles
  • Notre Dame de Namur University
  • Occidental College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Pomona College
  • Saint Mary's College of California
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scripps College
  • Soka University of America
  • Stanford University
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • University of LaVerne
  • University of Redlands
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of the Pacific
  • Westmont College
  • Whittier College
  • Woodbury University
  • Zaytuna College

 

Colorado

  • Colorado College
  • Colorado State University
  • Johnson and Wales University - Denver
  • Naropa University
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • Western State Colorado University

 

Connecticut

  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Connecticut College
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Fairfield University
  • Mitchell College
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hartford
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Saint Joseph
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Connecticut State University
  • Yale University

 

Delaware

  • University of Delaware

 

Florida

  • Ave Maria University
  • Eckerd College
  • Flagler College
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Florida Southern College
  • Jacksonville University
  • Johnson and Wales University - North Miami
  • Keiser University Flagship Campus
  • Lynn University
  • New College of Florida
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Rollins College
  • Saint Leo University
  • St. Thomas University
  • Stetson University
  • University of Miami
  • University of Tampa

 

Georgia

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Berry College
  • Brenau University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Georgia State University
  • Mercer University
  • Morehouse College
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Piedmont College
  • Spelman College

 

Hawaii

  • Hawai'i Pacific University

 

Idaho

  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • The College of Idaho
  • University of Idaho

 

Illinois

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  • Augustana College (Illinois)
  • Benedictine University
  • Bradley University
  • Chicago State University
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Concordia University Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Illinois College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Knox College
  • Lake Forest College
  • McKendree University
  • Millikin University
  • Monmouth College (IL)
  • North Park University
  • Northwestern University
  • Principia College
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Trinity Christian College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Western Illinois University

 

Indiana

  • Butler University
  • DePauw University
  • Earlham College
  • Goshen College
  • Hanover College
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Manchester University
  • Purdue University
  • Saint Joseph's College (IN)
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
  • Saint Mary's College of Indiana
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Indianapolis
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Valparaiso University
  • Wabash College

 

Iowa

  • Coe College
  • Cornell College
  • Drake University
  • Grinnell College
  • Luther College
  • Simpson College
  • University of Dubuque
  • Wartburg College

 

Kansas

  • Baker University
  • Benedictine College

 

Kentucky

  • Centre College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Transylvania University
  • University of Kentucky

 

Louisiana

  • Centenary College (Louisiana)
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • Tulane University
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

 

Maine

  • Bates College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Colby College
  • College of the Atlantic
  • Husson University
  • Maine Maritime Academy
  • Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  • The University of Maine
  • Thomas College
  • Unity College
  • University of Maine at Farmington
  • University of Maine at Fort Kent
  • University of Maine at Machias
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine

 

Maryland

  • Capitol Technology University
  • Coppin State University
  • Goucher College
  • Hood College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • McDaniel College
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Salisbury University
  • St. John's College (MD)
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland
  • Stevenson University
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Washington College

 

Massachusetts

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  • Amherst College
  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Babson College
  • Bard College at Simon's Rock
  • Bay Path University
  • Becker College
  • Bentley University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Curry College
  • Dean College
  • Elms College
  • Emerson College
  • Emmanuel College
  • Framingham State University
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Hampshire College
  • Harvard University
  • Hult International Business School
  • Lasell College
  • Lesley University
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • MCPHS University
  • Merrimack College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Newbury College
  • Nichols College
  • Northeastern University
  • Pine Manor College
  • Regis College
  • Simmons College
  • Smith College
  • Springfield College
  • Stonehill College
  • Suffolk University
  • Tufts University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Wellesley College
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Western New England University
  • Wheaton College
  • Wheelock College
  • Williams College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 

Michigan

  • Albion College
  • Alma College
  • Calvin College
  • Hillsdale College
  • Hope College
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Kettering University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Spring Arbor University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan
  • Wayne State University

 

Minnesota

  • Augsburg College
  • Carleton College
  • College of Saint Benedict
  • Concordia College at Moorhead
  • Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Hamline University (MN)
  • Macalester College
  • Saint John's University
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  • St. Catherine University
  • St. Olaf College
  • University of St. Thomas (MN)

 

Mississippi

  • Millsaps College
  • University of Southern Mississippi

 

Missouri

  • Columbia College
  • Drury University
  • Maryville University of St. Louis
  • Saint Louis University
  • St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • Stephens College
  • Truman State University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Webster University
  • Westminster College (Missouri)
  • William Jewell College

 

Montana

  • Carroll College (Montana)
  • University of Great Falls

 

Nebraska

  • Creighton University
  • Hastings College

 

Nevada

  • Sierra Nevada College

 

New Hampshire

  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Dartmouth College
  • Franklin Pierce University
  • Keene State College
  • New England College
  • Plymouth State University
  • Rivier University
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • University of New Hampshire

 

New Jersey

  • Caldwell University
  • Centenary College (NJ)
  • College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Drew University
  • Felician College
  • Georgian Court University
  • Kean University
  • Monmouth University
  • New Jersey City University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rider University
  • Rowan University
  • Saint Peter's University
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stockton University
  • The College of New Jersey
  • William Paterson University of NJ

 

New Mexico

  • St. John's College (NM)

 

New York

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  • Adelphi University
  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Alfred University
  • Bard College
  • Barnard College
  • Canisius College
  • Cazenovia College
  • Clarkson University
  • Colgate University
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Columbia University
  • Concordia College
  • Cornell University
  • D'Youville College
  • Daemen College
  • Dowling College
  • Elmira College
  • Fordham University
  • Hamilton College
  • Hartwick College
  • Hilbert College
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Hofstra University
  • Houghton College
  • Iona College
  • Ithaca College
  • Keuka College
  • Le Moyne College
  • List College The Jewish Theological Seminary
  • LIU Brooklyn
  • LIU Post
  • Manhattan College
  • Manhattanville College
  • Marist College
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Mercy College
  • Molloy College
  • Mount Saint Mary College
  • Nazareth College
  • New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
  • New York University
  • Niagara University
  • Pace University
  • Paul Smith's College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Russell Sage College
  • Sage College of Albany
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • St. Bonaventure University
  • St. John Fisher College
  • St. John's University (NY)
  • St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn Campus
  • St. Joseph's College - Long Island Campus
  • St. Lawrence University
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College
  • SUNY Binghamton University
  • SUNY Buffalo State College
  • SUNY Cobleskill
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • SUNY College at Old Westbury
  • SUNY College at Oneonta
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • SUNY College of Technology at Canton
  • SUNY Cortland
  • SUNY Farmingdale State College
  • SUNY Fredonia
  • SUNY Maritime College
  • SUNY Morrisville State College
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Plattsburgh
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Formerly SUNYIT)
  • SUNY Potsdam
  • SUNY Purchase College
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • SUNY University at Albany
  • SUNY University at Buffalo
  • Syracuse University
  • The College of New Rochelle
  • The College of Saint Rose
  • The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • The New School
  • Touro College
  • Union College
  • University of Rochester
  • Utica College
  • Vassar College
  • Wagner College
  • Wells College

 

North Carolina

  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Guilford College
  • High Point University
  • Johnson and Wales University - Charlotte
  • Meredith College
  • North Carolina State University
  • Queens University of Charlotte
  • Salem College
  • St. Andrews University
  • University of North Carolina Asheville
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • Wake Forest University
  • Warren Wilson College

 

North Dakota

  • none

 

Ohio

  • Antioch College
  • Baldwin Wallace University
  • Bowling Green State University-Main Campus
  • Capital University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • College of Wooster
  • Denison University
  • Hiram College
  • John Carroll University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lake Erie College
  • Lourdes University
  • Malone University
  • Marietta College
  • Miami University (Ohio)
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Otterbein University
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Findlay
  • University of Akron Main Campus
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Toledo
  • Ursuline College
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wittenberg University
  • Xavier University

 

Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma City University
  • The University of Oklahoma
  • The University of Tulsa

 

Oregon

  • Concordia University - Portland, OR
  • George Fox University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Linfield College
  • Pacific University
  • Reed College
  • University of Portland
  • Willamette University

 

Pennsylvania

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  • Albright College
  • Alvernia University
  • Allegheny College
  • Arcadia University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Bucknell University
  • Cabrini College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cedar Crest College
  • Chatham University
  • Delaware Valley University
  • DeSales University
  • Dickinson College
  • Drexel University
  • Elizabethtown College
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Gannon University
  • Gettysburg College
  • Haverford College
  • Immaculata University
  • Juniata College
  • Keystone College
  • King's College
  • Lafayette College
  • La Roche College
  • La Salle University
  • Lebanon Valley College
  • Lehigh University
  • Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
  • Lycoming College
  • Marywood University
  • Mercyhurst University
  • Millersville University
  • Moravian College
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Philadelphia University
  • Robert Morris University (PA)
  • Rosemont College
  • Saint Francis University
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • Saint Vincent College
  • Seton Hill University
  • Susquehanna University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • The University of Scranton
  • Thiel College
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of the Sciences
  • Ursinus College
  • Villanova University
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Westminster College (Pennsylvania)
  • Wilkes University
  • Wilson College

 

Rhode Island

  • Brown University
  • Bryant University
  • Johnson and Wales University - Providence
  • Providence College
  • Rhode Island College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Roger Williams University
  • Salve Regina University
  • University of Rhode Island

 

South Carolina

  • Columbia College (SC)
  • Converse College
  • Furman University
  • Newberry College
  • Presbyterian College
  • Wofford College

 

South Dakota

  • Augustana College (South Dakota)

 

Tennessee

  • Belmont University
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Fisk University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Rhodes College
  • Sewanee: The University of the South
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Vanderbilt University

 

Texas

  • Austin College
  • Baylor University
  • Rice University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Southwestern University
  • St. Edward's University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • The Culinary Institute of America
  • Trinity University
  • University of Dallas

 

Utah

  • Westminster College (Utah)

 

Vermont

  • Bennington College
  • Burlington College
  • Castleton University
  • Champlain College
  • College of St. Joseph
  • Goddard College
  • Green Mountain College
  • Johnson State College
  • Lyndon State College
  • Marlboro College
  • Middlebury College
  • Saint Michael's College
  • Sterling College
  • University of Vermont

 

Virginia

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  • Christopher Newport University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • George Mason University
  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • Hollins University
  • Marymount University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Randolph College
  • Randolph-Macon College
  • Roanoke College
  • The College of William & Mary
  • University of Mary Washington
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Washington and Lee University

 

Washington

  • Gonzaga University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Saint Martin's University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • University of Puget Sound
  • Whitman College
  • Whitworth University

 

West Virginia

  • Bethany College
  • West Virginia University
  • Wheeling Jesuit University

 

Wisconsin

  • Beloit College
  • Carthage College
  • Carroll University
  • Edgewood College
  • Lawrence University
  • Marquette University
  • Northland College
  • Ripon College
  • St. Norbert College

 

Wyoming

  • none

 

District of Columbia

  • American University
  • Howard University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The George Washington University

 

Austria

  • Modul University Vienna GmbH

 

Belgium

  • Vesalius College

 

Bulgaria

  • American University in Bulgaria


Canada

  • Bishop's University
  • Quest University Canada
  • University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science

 

 China

  • University of Michigan Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute

 

England

  • Birmingham City University
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Lincoln
  • University of Warwick
  • University of Worcester

 

France

  • The American University of Paris

 

Germany

  • Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH
  • Bard College Berlin

 

Hong Kong

  • University of Hong Kong

 

Ireland

  • University of Limerick

 

Italy

  • The American University of Rome
  • John Cabot University in Rome

 

Japan

  • Doshisha University

 

Latvia

  • Riga Business School
  • Riga Technical University

 

Qatar

  • Northwestern University in Qatar

 

Singapore

  • Yale NUS

 

South Korea

  • Underwood International College, Yonsei University

 

Spain

  • IE University
  • Saint Louis University-Madrid

 

Switzerland

  • Franklin University Switzerland

 

United Kingdom

  • Bath Spa University
  • Hult International Business School
  • Keele University
  • King's College London
  • Newcastle University
  • Northumbria University
  • Plymouth University
  • Regent's University London
  • St. Mary's University London
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Birmingham England
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Sheffield
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling

 College list via the Common Application.

 

 What’s Next?

The Common Application isn’t the only application you can use. Learn about the Universal College Application and what sets it apart.

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Trying to decide if you should retake the SAT or ACT? Learn how to develop a target ACT score or SAT score based on the colleges you want to apply to. You can also read about ACT/SAT scores for the Ivy League.

 

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Halle Edwards
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Halle Edwards graduated from Stanford University with honors. In high school, she earned 99th percentile ACT scores as well as 99th percentile scores on SAT subject tests. She also took nine AP classes, earning a perfect score of 5 on seven AP tests. As a graduate of a large public high school who tackled the college admission process largely on her own, she is passionate about helping high school students from different backgrounds get the knowledge they need to be successful in the college admissions process.



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