The Common Application

The Common Application is one of three ways to apply to Yale for first-year admission. See if the Common Application is right for you.

Yale is a member of the Common Application, an application platform offered by more than 600 diverse colleges and universities around the world. Last year nearly 1 million students used the Common Application.

The Common Application is one of three ways to apply to Yale for first-year admission.  Yale has no preference for one type of application over another. Submit one - and only one - application per admissions cycle.

Reasons why the Common Application might be right for you:

  • The Common Application is accepted at the greatest number of colleges and universities.
  • Applicants may submit the same Common Application to as many colleges and universities as they like. Note that Yale also requires applicants to complete Yale-specific supplemental questions, including a second essay.
  • Many counselors and teachers are already familiar with the Common Application and, based on their experience, can provide guidance to students who wish to apply with it.
  • Many counselors and teachers have previously completed Common Application forms for recommendations or transcripts, and thus already have online accounts.

The Common Application and Yale-specific questions will be available by September 1. If you would like to begin working on your short answer responses and essays before beginning your application, the Yale-specific questions for the Common Application are available on the Essay Topics page. To create a Common Application account, visit  

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