The Common App makes it easier to apply to multiple schools on your list, but it will ask you for several pieces of information in order to be completed.
Not all of the application materials you’ll need are readily available, so it’s good to be prepared ahead of time. Be sure to check out our step-by-step guide to completing the Common App for more details on how the Common App works.
A Copy of Your High School Transcript
This copy will need to be official, and will be provided by your high school. Your guidance counselor can provide additional information on how to include your official high school transcript with your application through Common App.
A List of Your Extracurricular Activities, Both Inside and Outside of School
This can include sports, clubs, organizations, volunteer work, faith-based activities, and employment you were involved in while in high school.
Test Scores and Test Dates for College Entrance Exams
This includes the SATs, ACTs, and SAT Subject Tests. Your official test scores will be provided by the testing companies, which you can have sent to the schools on your list. If you’ve taken these tests multiple times, only include your best scores.
Parent or Legal Guardian Information
This will include educational background, occupational information, employer information, and more. Your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) may need their most recent W2s. If you don’t have information about one of your parents, don’t fret—you can let Common App know that and it’ll let you move on without that parent’s info.
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