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What is the Common Application?

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The Common Application is a standardized college admission application form for undergraduates. Over 500 universities throughout the United States use the Common Application for student admissions.

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There are two versions of the Common Application: one for first-year admissions and one for transfer admissions. Both versions can be filled out online. Regardless of the version of the form, the student fills out the Common Application once and sends it out to all universities they wish to apply to. The Common Application is very widely used, boasting 517 members in its organization, as of 2015. Approximately one-third of these 517 members exclusively uses the Common Application as their only admissions application.

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