The Common Application allows students to apply to over 400 participating colleges and universities with one application.  The schools that participate in the commonapp are primarily private schools - a list can be found here.  The CommonApp can be completed online or by printing out a paper copy and submitting.  It is recommended that applications are submitted online to ease the process of submitting transcripts and SAT scores to the prospective colleges and universities.

Want to get a head start?  Begin working on your common app essays this summer!  The 2010-2011 application questions can be found below: one could assume they will not change dramatically before next year.

The Common Application for the 2010-2011 application period consisted of the following Essay Questions:

Short Answer:  Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in 150 words or fewer.

Personal Essay:  Please write an essay (250 words minimum) on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed below. This personal essay helps us become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself.  
NOTE: Your Common Application essay should be the same for all colleges. Do not customize it in any way for individual colleges. Colleges that want customized essay responses will ask for them on a supplement form.

1.  Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
2.  Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
3.  Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
4.  Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
5.  A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.. .
6. Topic of your choice

To look at the full PDF copy of the CommonApplication, click here.  Please Note:  It is recommended that the CommonApp be submitted electronically.