How to Use Common App to Apply for Colleges


Logos of colleges and universities across Florida.

Maliha Rahman, Staff Writer

As Senior year begins, many students are starting to consider which colleges they might attend. Many factors such as location, distance, undergraduate major, and more, are evaluated when contemplating their futures. 

“I plan on applying to 4 colleges,” said Senior Jenny Li. “I think Common App does make the application process a bit easier by having all the information needed accessible. It might not be beneficial to others, but for those who are the first in their family to apply to college, a little help goes a long way.” 

The first step to attending any college is to begin applying. Since there are many colleges to choose from, it is difficult and time-consuming applying to multiple schools for students who are interested in them. A solution to this is using Common App. Many colleges and universities outside Florida require students to complete the Common App instead of going directly through the school. Common App collaborates with many different colleges and universities across the United States to help students apply to multiple schools more efficiently. In Florida, schools that use Common App include the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, the University of Central Florida, and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. 

“I started the application process through Common App and I think that the process itself is long, but Common App covers a lot of areas that the colleges could use to see if you are someone that would fit their school,” said Senior Ashlee Williams. “Some areas I needed to do more research for, like the Honors section, which caused some confusion and trouble for me.” 

To learn how to create a Common App account and apply for colleges, please follow these steps: