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Colleges that Accept the Common Application

Learn about the more than 500 schools that accept the Common Application in 2013


For the 2013-14 admissions cycle, over 500 colleges and universities accept the Common Application. The complete listing is below. Schools range from some of the most selective in the world to those with nearly open admissions. What all the schools have in common is a holistic admissions policy. In other words, each college and university on this list considers the whole applicant, not just grades, test scores, and other numerical measures. Extracurricular activities, an essay, and letters of recommendation are important to the admissions process for colleges using the Common Application.

Click on a school's name to get more information including SAT and ACT data, costs, average financial aid awards, and more

For help with the writing components on the Common Application, these articles can help: The Personal Statement | The Short Answer | Supplemental Essays

United States:


Adelphi University
Agnes Scott College
Alaska Pacific University
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Albion College
Albright College
Alfred University
Allegheny College
Alma College
American University
Amherst College
Anna Maria College
Arcadia University
Assumption College
Augsburg College
Augustana College (IL)
Augustana College (SD)
Austin College


Babson College
Baldwin-Wallace College
Bard College
Barnard College
Bates College
Belmont University
Beloit College
Bennington College
Bentley University
Berry College
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Birmingham-Southern College
Blackburn College
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Bradley University
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryant University
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Buffalo State (SUNY)
Burlington College
Butler University


Caldwell College
California College of the Arts
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
California Lutheran University
Calvin College
Canisius College
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Carroll College (Montana)
Carroll University
Case Western Reserve University
Castleton State College
Catholic University of America
Cazenovia College
Cedar Crest College
Centenary College (New Jersey)
Centenary College of Louisiana
Central Connecticut State University
Centre College
Champlain College
Chapman University
Chatham University
Christian Brothers University
Christopher Newport University
Claremont McKenna College
Clark University
Clarkson University
Coe College
Colby College
Colby-Sawyer College
Colgate University
College of the Atlantic
College of the Holy Cross
College of Idaho
College of Mount Saint Vincent
The College of New Jersey
College of New Rochelle
College of Notre Dame of Maryland
College of St. Benedict/St. John's University
College of St. Joseph
The College of Saint Rose
College of William & Mary
College of Wooster
Colorado College
Colorado State University
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University
Concordia College (New York)
Concordia University (Oregon)
Concordia University Irvine
Connecticut College
Converse College
Cornell College (Iowa)
Cornell University
Creighton University
Curry College


Daemen College
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Denison University
DePaul University
DePauw University
DeSales University
Dickinson College
Dominican University of California
Dowling College
Drake University
Drew University
Drexel University
Drury University
Duke University


Earlham College
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern University
Eckerd College
Elizabethtown College
Elmira College
Elms College
Emerson College
Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)
Emory and Henry College
Emory University
Eugene Lang College of New School University


Fairfield University
Felician College
Fisk University
Flagler College
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College
Fontbonne University
Fordham University
Franklin and Marshall College
Franklin Pierce University
Furman University


Gannon University
Geneseo (SUNY)
George Fox University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgian Court University
Gettysburg College
Gonzaga University
Goshen College
Goucher College
Green Mountain College
Grinnell College
Guilford College
Gustavus Adolphus College


Hamilton College
Hamline University
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampshire College
Hanover College
Hartwick College
Harvard University
Harvey Mudd College
Haverford College
Hawaii Pacific University
Hendrix College
Hillsdale College
Hiram College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Hollins University
Hood College
Hope College
Howard University
Hult International Business School
Husson University


Illinois College
Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois Wesleyan University
Immaculata University
Iona College
Ithaca College


John Carroll University
Johns Hopkins University
Johnson State College
Juniata College


Kalamazoo College
Keene State College
Kenyon College
Kettering University
Keuka College
Keystone College
King's College
Knox College


La Salle University
Lafayette College
Lake Forest College
Lasell College
Lawrence Technological University
Lawrence University
Le Moyne College
Lehigh University
Lesley College
Lewis & Clark College
Lexington College
Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
Linfield College
Lipscomb University
List College, The Jewish Theological Seminary
Long Island University Brooklyn Campus
Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola University New Orleans
Luther College
Lycoming College
Lyndon State College
Lynn University


Macalester College
Manchester University
Manhattan College
Manhattanville College
Marietta College
Marist College
Maritime College
Marlboro College
Marquette University
Marymount Manhattan College
Marymount University
Maryville University of St. Louis
Marywood University
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
McDaniel College
Menlo College
Mercer University
Mercy College
Mercyhurst University
Meredith College
Merrimack College
Miami University (Ohio)
Middlebury College
Mills College
Millsaps College
Molloy College
Monmouth University
Moravian College
Morehouse College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Saint Mary College
Mount St. Mary's College
Muhlenberg College


Naropa University
Nazareth College
New College of Florida
New England College
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
New York University
Newberry College
Newbury College
Niagara University
Nichols College
Northeastern University
Northland College
Northwestern University
Notre Dame de Namur University


Oberlin College
Occidental College
Oglethorpe University
The Ohio State University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma City University
Olin College (Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering)
Otterbein University


Pace University
Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific University
Pepperdine University
Philadelphia University
Pine Manor College
Pitzer College
Plymouth State University
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Pomona College
Presbyterian College
Prescott College
Princeton University
Providence College
Purchase College (SUNY)
Purdue University


Quinnipiac University


Ramapo College of New Jersey
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Reed College
Regis College (Massachusetts)
Regis University (Colorado)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhodes College
Rice University
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Rider University
Ringling College of Art and Design
Ripon College
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rosemont College
Rowan University
Russell Sage College


Sacred Heart University
Sage College of Albany
Saint Anselm College
St. Bonaventure University
St. Catherine University
St. Edward's University
Saint Francis University
St. John Fisher College
St. John's College Annapolis
St. John's College Santa Fe
St. Joseph's College - Brooklyn Campus
St. Joseph's College - Long Island Campus
Saint Joseph's College (Indiana)
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Saint Joseph's University
St. Lawrence University
Saint Leo University
Saint Louis University
Saint Martin's University
Saint Mary's College (Indiana)
Saint Mary's College of California
St. Mary's College of Maryland
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Saint Michael's College
St. Norbert College
St. Olaf College
Saint Peter's College
St. Thomas Aquinas College
St. Thomas University
Saint Vincent College
Salem College (North Carolina)
Salisbury University
Salve Regina University
Samford University
Santa Clara University
Sarah Lawrence College
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Scripps College
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Seton Hall University
Seton Hill University
Sewanee: The University of the South
Siena College
Sierra Nevada College
Simmons College
Simpson College
Skidmore College
Smith College
Soka University of America
Southern Methodist University
Southern New Hampshire University
Southwestern University
Spelman College
Spring Hill College
Stanford University
Stephens College
Sterling College
Stetson University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Stevenson University
Stonehill College
Stony Brook University
Suffolk University
SUNY Albany
SUNY Brockport
SUNY Buffalo
SUNY College at Old Westbury
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
SUNY Cortland
SUNY Fredonia
SUNY Institute of Technology
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Oneonta
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Plattsburgh
SUNY Potsdam
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Sweet Briar College
Syracuse University


Temple University
Texas Christian University (TCU)
Thiel College
Thomas College
Towson University
Transylvania University
Trinity Christian College
Trinity College (Connecticut)
Trinity University (Texas)
Tufts University


Union College (New York)
Unity College
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Dallas
University of Dayton
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Evansville
University of Findlay
University of Great Falls
University of Hartford
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Kentucky
University of La Verne
University of Maine
University of Maine at Farmington
University of Maine at Machias
University of Maine at Presque Isle
University of Mary Washington
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of New England
University of New Hampshire
University of New Haven
University of New Orleans
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of the Pacific
University of Pennsylvania
University of Portland
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
University of Rhode Island
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
University of Saint Joseph
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
University of Scranton
University of Southern California
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
University of Tulsa
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
Ursinus College
Utica College


Valparaiso University
Vanderbilt University
Vassar College
Villanova University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Intermont College


Wabash College
Wagner College
Wake Forest University
Warren Wilson College
Wartburg College
Washington & Jefferson College
Washington and Lee University
Washington College (Maryland)
Washington University in St. Louis
Webster University
Wellesley College
Wells College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Wesleyan University
Western New England University
Westminster College (Missouri)
Westminster College (Pennsylvania)
Westminster College (Utah)
Westmont College
Wheaton College (Mass.)
Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheelock College
Whitman College
Whittier College
Whitworth University
Willamette University
William Jewell College
William Paterson University of NJ
Williams College
Wilson College
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
Woodbury University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)


Xavier University
Xavier University of Louisiana


Yale University


Franklin College Switzerland
Jacobs University Bremen
John Cabot University, Rome Italy
Keele University
King's College London (UK)
Modul University Vienna (Austria)
Richmond The American International University in London
The American University of Paris
The American University of Rome
University of Aberdeen (UK)
University of Birmingham England (UK)
University of Bristol (UK)
University of St Andrews
University of Stirling
Yale NUS College

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