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What application submission platform should I use?

Posted on Jun 27, 2016

When applying to US colleges, there may be one or more application forms to complete as part of your application process. Your options include:

1. Common Application – The Common Application is an online application form accepted by more than 600 undergraduate institutions in the U.S. Once completed, it can be sent to any participating college.

2. Universal College Application – A college admissions application that allows students to apply to any of the 44 participating colleges.

3. Supplemental Form – Some universities, in order to distinguish one candidate from another, may have a supplemental form that asks for additional essays or information about you. This is in addition to the Common Application or the Universal College Application.

4. Regular Application – The universities and colleges that do not accept the Common Application will ask you to download their own application form from their website.

If colleges have provided options, then they don’t have a preference for one or the other – so it won’t matter which one you use. Research the university websites for specific instructions, and to ensure that you are using the right application submission platform.

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