Getting Started on College Applications – The Application Platforms

Business desk concept - LearningSummer is a great time to start college applications.

With this, many people ask, “How do I get started?”

Once you select where you are interested in applying, check which application type the college or university accepts.

There are four main college application platforms. Which you use is dependent upon which type is accepted by the college to which you are applying.

1. The Common App

Common App Tour (6min video)

If your school uses Naviance, you​ need to use the same email address and date of birth that you used to create your Common App account in order to match your Common App and Naviance accounts.​ Ask your guidance counselor which email to use if you are unsure. You will also need to add at least one school to your My Colleges list and complete the FERPA waiver in the Common App before matching can be completed.

A PDF Quick Guide to the Common App

FERPA and Your Application

2. Coalition Application

Coalition Application

Quick Guide to the Coalition Application

3. Universal College Application

The Universal College Application

4. School Specific Applications

Sample PDF of Virginia Tech Application​ ​(also available in an online format)

 

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