Colleges That Don T Use Common App

The Common Application is the most popular application for undergraduate, graduate and professional school admissions in the United States. The Common App allows students to apply to colleges by filling out one form online, rather than submitting individual applications to each college individually. Colleges that use the Common App are listed below:

Colleges That Don T Use Common App


Akron is a private university in Akron, Ohio, United States. It was founded in 1870 as Buchtel College and renamed the University of Akron in 1913.

Akron is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Albany, NY

Undergraduate programs: pharmacy, health administration and policy, psychology; graduate programs: pharmacy (PharmD), counseling psychology

No Common Application.


Amherst College is a liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts. The school was founded in 1821 and has an undergraduate enrollment of 1,923 students. In addition to its focus on the arts and sciences, Amherst also offers many programs in pre-professional fields like business and education.

Amherst College does not require applicants to submit their ACT or SAT scores with their application—instead relying on GPA alone as a measure of academic ability. Students can also opt out of sending SAT scores if they have taken the ACT more than once.

Bard College

  • Bard College is a private liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
  • Bard is a four-year, highly selective, independent, residential college. The college was founded in 1860 as St. Stephen’s College by abolitionist John Bard and others who shared his dedication to education for the purpose of social reform; it is one of the first colleges in America dedicated to nonsectarian education for religious graduates alone (that is, not as a part of any church).
  • Bard offers more than 100 undergraduate majors across five divisions: art and dance; music; natural sciences; humanities; social sciences and public policy.[4] In addition to traditional majors at the bachelor’s level, many students also choose from more than 40 minors offered through 18 departments across six divisions: arts & cultures; humanities & social thought (including economics); science & technology studies (including biology); social sciences & public policy (including political science); theater.[5][6] As of 2018–19 academic year there were 2278 full-time faculty members teaching at Bard with 20% being tenure track professors.[7]

Bentley University

Bentley University is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in Waltham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1917 as The Bentley School of Accounting and Finance, it offers undergraduate and graduate programs to approximately 4,900 students at its main campus in Waltham and satellite campuses across Massachusetts.

Bentley was founded as the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance by Harry C. Bentley on July 1, 1917 with two faculty members who served as instructors for nine students enrolled in its first summer session. In 1945 the school’s name changed from Bentley School of Accounting & Finance to Bentley College after being granted permission from the State Board of Education to award baccalaureate degrees.[2] In 1956 the state board authorized them to confer master’s degrees upon candidates who satisfied all requirements except thesis work; however this authority was revoked shortly thereafter when research universities complained about similar programs at smaller colleges offering doctoral study without requiring dissertation material.[3] They were again permitted to issue graduate degrees under certain conditions starting in 1957 and have been continuously since then despite occasional complaints by other institutions.[4][5]

Binghamton University, State University of New York

  • Binghamton University is a public research university in Binghamton, New York. It was founded in 1946 by a State University of New York (SUNY) commission on higher education and was initially called “Binghamton State College”. The name was changed to “State University College at Binghamton” in 1962, and then again to the current name in 1968. About 50 majors are offered through the schools of Arts & Letters, Business Administration & Economics, Education & Health Sciences, Engineering & Applied Sciences and Science & Technology; undergraduate enrollment averages about 14,000 per semester.*

Boston University

Boston University (BU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the largest universities in the United States and has more than 30,000 students. BU was founded in 1839 and is nonsectarian.

Brandeis University

Brandeis University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational university in Waltham, Massachusetts. It is known for its interdisciplinary and community-based research and for its social justice mission.

The university was founded in 1948 by American Jewish leader Louis D. Brandeis (1856–1941).

Brown University

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university located in Providence, Rhode Island. Brown was founded in 1764 as a seminary by Congregationalist ministers led by James Manning and Stephen Hopkins. In 1770, it was named after Nicholas Brown, who donated £15,000 to the school’s endowment (equivalent to about $1 million today). The Andrew Fiske Plaque on the campus commemorates his gift which helped build Gasson Hall; the university’s oldest building still in use for its original purpose.

Brown is the seventh-oldest institution of higher learning in New England and one of nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. It has been associated with 41 Nobel laureates since 1901.[2] It has been a member of the Association of American Universities since 1900.[3][4]

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr College is a private women’s liberal arts college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Bryn Mawr was founded as an institution to educate the pioneer women of its day and remains one of the Seven Sisters, a group of prominent women’s colleges in the Northeastern United States founded before the turn of the twentieth century. The school became coeducational in 1968, when it merged with Haverford College; today it has more men than women on campus (54% vs 46%).

Carleton College

Carleton College is a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. It was founded in 1866 as Carleton Academy by Reverend S. G. Goodrich, who led a group of Congregationalists seeking to establish an institution of higher learning that would eventually become part of the University of Minnesota system. The school became Carleton College in 1867 and received its charter from the state legislature in 1865; it is one of only seven colleges or universities to be granted charters by legislative action rather than through an act by the legislature alone or through a special commission

Carleton is one of the Seven Sisters colleges with strong women’s ties and was instrumental in advancing coeducation during the 1960s and 1970s when most other Ivy League schools were still men-only campuses (see Women at Dartmouth College). It remains one of only five women’s colleges today that are not connected with another university (Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Mills College, & Simmons College).

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools, it became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912 and began granting four-year degrees. In 1967, the institute merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University. The university’s 140-acre (57 ha) main campus is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Downtown Pittsburgh and adjacent to the major business district of Oakland.[16][17] Carnegie Mellon has seven colleges and independent schools: The College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences, H. John Heinz III College; Information Systems & Service; Interdisciplinary Studies; Language Technologies Institute; Mellon College of Science; Tepper School of Business.[18]

Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University is a private research university in Cleveland, Ohio. It was founded in 1826 and named for the prominent American surgeon and educator Dr. Leonard Case. It is the second-oldest private university in Ohio. The university’s campus spans 175 acres (71 hectares) near downtown Cleveland, with an additional 1,000 acres (400 hectares) bordering Case’s East Cleveland campus.[1]

Case Western Reserve has been ranked among the top universities in the United States by U.S. News & World Report since it began publishing rankings.[2] In 2017, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education ranked Case Western Reserve as one of America’s top 50 national universities based on economic impact,[3][4] student selectivity,[5] faculty resources[6], research productivity[7] and publication activity.[8][9] Forbes magazine ranked Case Western Reserve as one of America’s best colleges for its emphasis on entrepreneurship.[10][11][12][13]

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College is a private liberal arts college in Claremont, California, United States. Founded as a men’s college in 1946 by Russell D. Niles, its first president; it was one of the few colleges to admit women from its inception and continues to be coeducational today. The school became coeducational in 1975 after merging with nearby women’s colleges Pitzer College and Scripps College. With an undergraduate acceptance rate of 13%, CMC has been ranked among the top 30 national liberal arts colleges by U.S News & World Report since 2007 (when they began releasing rankings for national liberal arts colleges).

The school was named after Donald McKenna, founder of The Pomona Company which purchased 611 acres (250 ha) of land on the site in 1926.”

Colby College

Colby College is a private liberal arts college located in Waterville, Maine. Founded in 1813, Colby was the first coeducational college in New England to accept female students. The main campus is situated on over 600 acres with views of Mt. Blue and the Kennebec River from many areas of the school.

At Colby College you can major in different areas such as: art history, theatre & dance studies, biology (pre-med), chemistry (biochemistry), computer science & software engineering or economics & finance

Colgate University

Colgate University is a private liberal arts college located in Hamilton, New York. The college was founded in 1819 by the Reverend Alva Curtis and named after his benefactor, the pioneer in the toothpaste industry, Dr. William Colgate. It offers degrees in more than 50 undergraduate majors, 40 minors and pre-professional disciplines such as pre-medicine and pre-law as well as graduate programs.

Colgate University has a reputation for academics; its student to faculty ratio is 10:1 with an average class size of 18 students per lecture or seminar class. Students can choose from over 50 academic majors or design their own program of study with the university’s open curriculum option. The school also has a strong reputation for athletics; its men’s ice hockey team won eight NCAA championships between 1999 and 2016 while its women’s basketball team won seven consecutive Division III titles from 1999 to 2005

Colorado College

Colorado College, a private liberal arts college located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was founded in 1874 by a group of Presbyterian ministers and is a member of the Annapolis Group, a group of liberal arts colleges in the United States.

Colorado College had its start when Reverend James Warren Fairfield (1820–1913) was asked by citizens of Colorado City to organize a school for young men. He first tried to establish an academy but later decided on founding Colorado Seminary instead; he secured money from local citizens and opened the seminary on October 13, 1873. The committee started classes January 4, 1874 with five students who attended for free as long as they were able to pay their own room and board costs which were low at $1-$2 per week depending on how many meals they ate per day (breakfast $1/day vs supper 2cents). The curriculum consisted of courses ranging from Greek mythology through mathematics up until physical science where each class lasted two hours out of seven days each week with one hour reserved for military training each day including Saturdays which would build character through discipline so students could become better leaders later in life accordingto Reverend Fairfield’s philosophy”Character cannot be developed without discipline”

Columbia University in the City of New York

Columbia University in the City of New York is a private university that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. The school has eight undergraduate schools, including those focused on engineering and health sciences.

The school’s admissions process includes an application fee ($70) as well as two essays: one that discusses your interest in Columbia and another that describes why you are a good candidate for admission. Additionally, students must provide transcripts of all academic work done at their secondary schools along with test scores from either the SAT or ACT and supplemental materials such as teacher recommendations and personal statements.

Cornell University

Cornell University is a private Ivy League research university located in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White (1832-1898), the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge — from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for their time, are captured in Cornell’s motto, a popular 1865 Ezra Cornell quotation: “I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study.”

The school admitted its first students 164 years ago on October 7th 1868 as a land-grant institution under the Morrill Act of 1862 which provided federal funds for state universities. Cornell expanded significantly over its first decades under White’s guidance; by 1870 it had already grown more than fivefold to 2200 students with over 300 faculty members. From 1930s through 1960s numerous new buildings were constructed on campus including many residential colleges designed by renowned architects such as Paul Rudolph (1912–1997) and Eero Saarinen (1910–1961). Today these structures rank among Ithaca’s finest examples of midcentury modernism.

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university located in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States.

Dartmouth was founded in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, a Congregational minister from Connecticut. It was named after the city of Dartmouth, Devon in England where Wheelock established his first college at Stoke College. In 2014-2015, 11% of students were Asian Americans and 6% African Americans; these percentages are vastly different than their demographic representation in the general population where they represent only 5% and 13%, respectively.

Most colleges use the Common Application.

The Common Application is a standardized application that can be used to apply to multiple colleges. Over 700 colleges and universities use the Common Application, and more than 3,000 colleges are members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), which has endorsed this type of application.

The Common App website lists all participating schools and their contact information, as well as current deadlines—which vary by school—so applicants can easily find their options without having to search through different websites.


The colleges that do not use the Common App are a diverse group. Some are small liberal arts colleges, others are research institutions or larger schools with special programs. Some have admission processes that may be more selective than others and some require supplemental applications. The Common App is great for students who want to apply to multiple schools and make their process more streamlined, but if you have your heart set on one particular school it might be worth looking into whether they accept the application before filling out an entire application just for one school!

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