A common application is a valuable tool to those students applying to multiple colleges. More than 390 schools accept the common application. Once completing it, a student can simply fulfill the school-specific instructions for supplemental requirements to apply to individual schools.

Go to CommonApp.org website. Complete a "College Search" to find out whether the institution you intend to apply to will accept this form of application.

Go to the "Application Requirements" tab. Find out what fees and forms you need to submit with your application for each school. Make note of any deadlines.

Go to "Download Forms" and complete any required documents. Collect any references that may be required from teachers or your high school counselor.

Submit your application packet online or via mail. Online submissions are encouraged. Register and follow the on-screen instructions. Submit all items at one time. If applying through mail, send all required documents and application fee to the admissions department at each school.