One of the hardest parts of the college search process is identifying schools to apply to. The easy part? Finding the schools you want to apply to on the Common App website. It’s a simple two-step process once you’ve made your account.
Step One: Search for your schools.
Click on the College Search tab to get started. You’ll use the College Search tab to locate and add schools to your list. If you already know which schools you want to add to your My Colleges list, you can type each name directly into the School/City field.
You can also search for schools by state or country, or search for schools based on distance from your zip code.
Additionally, you can refine your search based on application deadlines.
Step Two: Add your schools.
To add a school to your My Colleges list, check the box besides its name and click the Add button at the bottom of your search results. If you want to add all the colleges from your search results, you can click the box next to Member Name in the top-left area of your screen.
And that’s it! Your schools have now been added to your list. You can continue to search and add additional schools, or begin reviewing your deadlines and requirements for each school you’ve added.
If you’re ready to begin your applications, be sure to read our guide on 12 Common Mistakes First-Timers Make When Applying to College with the Common App, or check out our recent article: Common App FAQ: 10 Burning Questions Answered for College Applicants.