Can students apply to college online?

College Admissions

Our counselors answered:

Can students apply to college online?

Nina Berler
Founder unCommon Apps

Online Applications

Yes, students can absolutely apply online. A recent NACAC report showed the rapid growth of online applications. This method has become so popular and has helped so many admissions offices, that many only want students applying online. Online applications eliminate manual labor and ensure consistency, word counts and character counts. A student should seek directions on a target college's website for whether or not they are welcome to download forms to submit as an alternative to applying online.

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President IVY Counselors Network

online options

here are many ways of applying colleges online such as common applications, direct application through university websites, and national applicatoin center etc., however, you may still need provide additional information and use paper applications to satisfy requirements. for international students, you should consider apply online yourself and pick the right email account to access communications without problems.

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens


In fact, the vast majority of colleges in the US offer (and prefer) receiving applications online. Over 400 colleges and universities accept the Common Application, and over 50 schools accept the Universal Application. In addition, many public universities, such as the University of California, have their own online applications.

Suzan Reznick
Independent Educational Consultant The College Connection

Schools prefer online applications!

It saves them time and money when you apply online. While many schools still offer the option of a paper application, the majority of applications submitted now are completed online. Sometimes it can be more difficult to proofread your online application, so do check carefully that you have made any mistakes BEFORE hitting the submit button..

Tyler Burton
President Burton College Tours

Save the trees and your cash.

You may apply to schools online. Many schools use the Common Application which you fill out online and submit electronically. Schools may also have a supplemental application question that is special to the school. You will find out about supplemental questions via the Common Application. Some schools waive the application fee for students who are submitting applications on line.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

Online Applications

Absolutely--through institutional applications, the Common Application and the Universal Application to name the most prevalent options.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Online Applications

The Common Application is the most popular college admission form and available only online. There is also the Universal Application used by a number of schools and done online. The campuses that don't participate in these applications may still have their own online applications as it has become a popular way to streamline the process.

Katherine Oldham

Online applications?

Yes! Colleges that offer applications online want you to apply online. Many colleges pay to participate in the common application or SEND EDU websites and they want students to use them! Also, it is better for the environment and easier for your high school guidance counselor.

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

Please do!

Nearly every college and university in the country accepts admission applications online. Submitting documents online improves the speed and accuracy of processing.

Chip Law
Co-founder Managing Director Educational Avenues

Yes they can and almost all do...

In fact nearly every college allows you to apply on line, so even if they do not participate in the Common or Universal App consortia they still let you create an account and file online. The Common Application is the most talked about online app process because it has enrolled over 400 colleges and universities. It helps the student that wants to apply to many schools and the Common App schools use technology to reduce costs and increase productivity. The Universal College Application is another choice for students to use as they consider application. This less popular service covers a number of schools that do not use the Common App but has many that do.