What is the universal application?

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What is the universal application?

王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

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international students can use universal appliation as common application for many colleges at the same time. it is normally used offline and accepted by many colleges. for colleges that are not listed with common application, they will accept universal application from the students.

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.

Karen O'Neill, MSEd
Counselor KSO College Counselling

What is the universal application?

Similar to the Common Application, the Universal Application is an online application process that allows student applicants to fill out once and then submit to any of the 43+ schools that accept the Universal Application. The Universal Application is a for profit internet site. The Common Application is run by the schools who are members of the Common Application group.

Ronald Harris

What is the universal application?

TThe Universal College Application was launched in 2007 to give students another (and some say, easier) way to apply to college. Students can use this one application to apply to dozens of colleges and universities. Some schools, however, still may require additional paperwork or materials, such as a college admissions essay or a recommendation letter. The premise of the Universal College Application wasn’t new. The Common Application was introduced in 1975, and students also use it to apply to multiple colleges and universities with only one form.