• What are the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs)?

    CADRs are requirements to attend a 4-year university. They fulfill high-school graduation requirements, but may not be the same as those required to graduate from high school. For example, you need 2 credits in a foreign language to attend college, but not to graduate from high school. This link will give you more details to make sure you meet college admission requirements.

    What is the Common Application?

    The Common App is a single online college application form used by over 900 colleges and universities. Instead of filling out the same general information—like your address, GPA, and extracurriculars— a dozen times, you only have to do it once. The Common App dashboard also helps you track necessary application documents (like your letters of recommendation) and important deadlines.

    What colleges use the Common App?

    Common App colleges are a varied list of institutions: private, public, big, small, engineering colleges and liberal arts schools. Check out the full list of the 918 Common App schools.

    When does the Common App open?

    Get ready for application season! The Common App goes live every year on August 1.

    When is the Common App due?

    Your application deadline depends on whether you are applying early decision (typically November 1) or regular decision (typically January 1). Deadlines also vary by school, so be sure to check dates for every college you are applying to. You can find application deadlines (plus tons of school information) in our online college profiles.

    FAQ & Step-by-Step Guide to fill out the Common App