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Different Types of College Applications

  • Institutional Applications

Many colleges have their application available on the “Admission” section of their school’s website.  These applications are specifically designed for their school.  This type of application may require you to create a username and password.  Keep track of this information.     

  • Application Portals

Application portals provide standardized applications which allow you to apply to multiple schools with a single application. Instead of filling out eight different applications, you can simply fill out one and submit it to each college. 

Coalition Application

Accepted by more than 90 institutions. The platform includes “The Locker,” a private space for you to collect and organize materials throughout high school that you might want to share with colleges and universities.


Common Application

This is a standardized application used by nearly 700 colleges. Each year, nearly a million students use the Common Application to submit over 4 million applications.


Universal Application

Is accepted by more than 30 colleges and universities. You can register as an applicant in order to start applying.

**Be aware that you may need to submit additional or separate documents to some colleges. You also still need to pay individual application fees or submit waivers for each college.