Can students apply to college online?

College Admissions

Our counselors answered:

Can students apply to college online?

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.

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.

Charles Beal
counselor covina high school

Can students apply to college online?

Yes, in most cases it is the preferred way.Here in California cal st universities apps are done through and U.C. schools are completed at I am also a big advocate of the common application which the counselor completes with student input and then the counselor submits this application on-line for all interested colleges to view and then make their decisions

Kimberly Parsons
Counselor Herbert Hoover High School

Applying to schools online

Yes, you can apply to college online. These days many colleges prefer you to apply online, and for some schools this is their main method for college applications. Many college websites have you to create an account through the school, and if accepted, this is what you will use throughout your years there. This is a good way to communicate back and forth with the admissions department. Make sure though, that even if you apply online, to print out the application and any other documents, to put in your college folder!

Rana Slosberg
Owner Slosberg College Solutions LLC

Online applications

Most colleges allow students to apply online. Sometimes colleges waive their application fee if a student applies online, instead of using a paper application.

Reena Gold Kamins
Founder College, Career & Life, LLC.

Online applications are preferred.

Yes, students can apply on-line. In fact, most colleges prefer it as the data often feeds directly into their student management system. The Common Application is accepted by more than 450 colleges. It allows students to enter information that all colleges need, e.g. address, senior courses, activities, and achievements one time and submit it to multiple schools. The number of colleges that accept the Common App increases each year. Most schools, particularly those that do not accept the Common App, have an on-line application on their website.

Mollie Reznick
Associate Director The College Connection


At this point in time, MOST colleges are accepting applications online. About 500 schools can be applied to with a single application using the common application ( whereas you can find online applications for most large universities and state schools on their individual websites (usually under the "admissions" section.)

Lynda McGee
College Counselor Downtown Magnets High School

Can students apply to college online?

In a few years, this will be the only way you can apply! In fact, some state schools (such as California) have already done away with the paper application. To encourage you to apply online, many colleges and Universities will waive the application fee entirely. Online applications are superior in that you never have to reveal that your handwriting is sloppy, and you can use editing tools to doublecheck your writing for errors. Almost all of these applications will allow you to cut and paste essays and short answers that you have already carefully crafted in a spearate document. Just remember: once you launch that application, you can't take it back, so check it carefully and then check again to be confident that it is done correctly.

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

Can students apply to college online?