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. More than 1 million students use the Common Application every year.

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 two additional short essays.
  • Many counselors and teachers are already familiar with the Common Application forms and have online accounts. Based on their experience, counselors and teachers may be able to provide guidance to students who wish to apply on the platform.

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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