Bachelor applications to universities in the United States fall into two categories: Common Applications and Uncommon Applications.
The Common Application consists of two sections: the general application and the supplemental application. The general application is a set of questions uniform across all universities that use the "Common Application". The supplemental application is an additional compulsory component that is unique and specific to each university.
Therefore, use of the "Common Application" allows an applicant to send all universities who subscribe to this application process the same general application. This means an applicant completes one general application and has it sent to all universities to which he or she would like to apply and that accept the Common Application. The only additional burden incurred by the applicant in applying to an additional university under the "Common Application" scheme is the additional supplemental application required for each additional university. Generally, the general application is 60% and the supplemental application is 40% of the application process for any one university. Institutions accepting the common application include Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Michigan, Duke University and Columbia University.
Uncommon Applications are applications to universities that do not subscribe to the Common Applications process. These applications are wholly unique from each other and do not possess any questions uniform across any other university. As a result, applying to these universities requires substantially more time than would applying to universities under the Common Applications process. Some of the institutions using the Uncommon Applications process include UC Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Georgetown University and UCLA.
In accordance with these application processes in the United States, you may choose a package for one or a combination of these application processes as well as assistance on financial aid applications, which vary greatly from institution to institution regardless of their use of the Common or Uncommon application processes, and required documents subject to U.S. Tax Code.
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Author: Peter E. Simon, tutor for US admissions and alumnus of Brown University and Georgetown Law. Edited by Katharina Kunze, tutor for UK admissions and alumna of Oxford University.