Mar 24, 2010

The Common Application Adds 25 New Colleges and Universities

The Common Application is announcing the addition of 25 new member colleges effective July 1st, bringing the total number of institutions accepting the association’s standardized application forms to 414. Included among the new members are 8 public institutions and Columbia University—the last of the Ivies to come on board.

Membership in the association is open to undergraduate colleges and universities that are accredited by a regional accrediting association and are nonprofit members in good standing of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). All members must agree to promote college access by evaluating students using a “holistic” selection process.

Local Common Application members include American, George Washington, Catholic, Johns Hopkins, Goucher, Hood, Loyola University of Maryland, Stevenson, the College of William and Mary, Mary Washington, UVa, the University of Richmond, Randolph-Macon, and Virginia Wesleyan. New members include St. John’s of Maryland (and New Mexico) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

The Universal College Application, an alternative to the Common Application, now has 87 members including several participating in both programs. Local colleges on the UCA roster include Hood, Johns Hopkins, Stevenson University, and Towson University.

The newest members of the Common Application association:

Alaska Pacific University (AK)
Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (NY)
Columbia University (NY)
Concordia University (OR)
DePaul University (IL)
Fontbonne University (MO)
Husson University (ME)
Jacobs University Bremen (Germany)
Johnson State College* (VT)
Maritime College (SUNY)* (NY)
Mount Saint Mary College (NY)
Morrisville State College (SUNY)* (NY)
Otterbein College (OH)
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL)
St. John's College (MD/NM)
Stephens College (MO)
SUNY Potsdam* (NY)
University of Maryland Baltimore County* (MD)
University of Connecticut* (CT)
University of Michigan* (MI)
University of North Carolina Asheville* (NC)
Western New England College (MA)
Westmont College (CA)
Xavier University of Louisiana (LA)
Yeshiva University* (NY)

* Public Institutions


  1. With 29,000 applications a year, I highly doubt that the University of Michigan uses a "holistic" selection process beyond test scores and grades. Nevertheless, I applaud the increasing use of the common application because it makes applying easier.

  2. The Common Application more generally defines "holistic" as requiring an untimed essay and at least one recommendation from a counselor or a teacher. Your point, however, is well taken.