What is the universal application?

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What is the universal application?

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens

What is the universal application?

The Universal Application is an online application service -- very similar to the Common Application. The big difference is that the Universal Application has a little over 50 schools in its consortium and the Common Application has over 450. There's no advantage in using one service over the other. If you decide to use the Universal Application this year, just be sure that all or most of the schools to which you are applying are members so that you save time, energy and anxiety! For more information on the Universal Application, check out their site: https://www.universalcollegeapp.com/index.cfm?ACT=Display&APP=APPONLINE&DSP=COLLEGEINFO

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Universal Application

The Universal Application is an online application similar to the Common Application, just used by different schools.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

Universal College Application

The Universal College Application is an online college application for a group of approximately 60 colleges and universities. See the website for a list os participating colleges. Some schools also require an institutional supplement.

Geoff Broome
Assistant Director of Admissions Widener University

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The Universal Application works much like the common app. One application for multiple universities.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

What is the universal application?

The Universal College Application (UCA) is a web-based college application process aimed at overhauling and streamlining the modern online college admissions process. It is seeking to develop a collaborative partnership between applicants, schools, the testing organizations and other appropriate non-profits in an effort to make the whole application process faster, easier, and more inclusive. A central goal is to expand the pool of people applying to college and it is working with NACAC (the National Association for College Admissions Counseling) to get as wide based participation as possible.

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

What is the universal application?

The Universal College Application is an online admissions application consortium for college-bound students, and can be found at universalapplication.com.

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

What is the universal application?

The universal application is another free application service. There are more than 70 colleges on the application and some overlap with the common app and some don't. It is basically the same as the original common app, and the essays overlap. Some colleges have supplements. I wish there were only one application as the universal application is confusing to many kids. But it is there, and it is worth doing if more than two colleges use it that are not on any other application service.

Zahir Robb
College Counselor The Right Fit College

What is the universal application?

The universal application is similar to the "Common App", as it allows you to submit one set of information to many campuses, in essence streamlining the application process. They currently have 44 members, less than that of the Common App, but depending on the schools you are interested in, you may find yourself completing both.

Pamela Hampton-Garland
Owner Scholar Bound

What is the universal application?

The Universal College Application is a college admission application that allows students to apply to any of the participating colleges. See....https://www.universalcollegeapp.com/

Henry DelAngelo
High School Counselor 20 + years Your Key to College

What is the universal application?

The universal application is an electronic application that 43 schools subscribe to in order to make applying to them easier. You will fill out your information one time and be able to submit to any of the 43 schools.