Most colleges do still accept paper applications as of 2015, but they generally prefer online applications, according to The College Board. Paper applications are typically more difficult to review, so some colleges even offer discounts on application fees when the student uses the online form.
It is typically more efficient for an applicant to submit an application online. While paper applications can be printed and filled out with a pen, it is better to download the form, fill it out with a computer and print it, according to Campus Explorer. Paper applications are often available through a student's high school.