The Common Application: Many schools now accept the common application. Found at commonapp.org, this is a general application that is accepted by a number of different colleges across the United States. The common app is accepted by public, private, Ivy League and NCAA division I schools. Be aware of one thing: There is the “common” part of the application that remains for all schools, but each school you apply to will have its own unique supplement to the application. So if you’re thinking about using the common app to get out of writing essays… sorry.
Schools have said they do not differentiate between applications submitted via common app and applications submitted via the school’s application process, so it can make your job a lot easier to have everything in one place.
Now that you’ve figured out what schools you’re applying to, and how to apply, it’s time to get out those Scantron sheets and read up on the standardized tests.