Common App launches 2023–2024 application season with 50 new member colleges and universities

By Emma Steele
August 01, 2023
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Arlington, VA- Today, Common App launched the 2023–2024 application season. Used by more than three million applicants, teachers, and counselors every year, the Common App platform streamlines the college application process, providing resources and guidance to make college more accessible for students around the world.

In addition to providing a single, online application and 24/7/365 support for all students applying to member colleges and universities, Common App connects applicants to a mobile app, financial aid and scholarship information, online portfolios, and a vast library of counselor resources available in English and Spanish. 

We are so excited to kick off the 2023–2024 application season with more than 50 new member colleges and universities, including 15 Minority-Serving Institutions for students to explore. Thanks to our increasingly diverse membership, all students, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to pursue their college dreams.

Jenny Rickard, President and CEO of Common App

Common App changes beginning August 1

Common App has several changes planned for the 2023–2024 application season, including updated gender identity options. Common App will add ‘X’ or ‘another legal sex’ as an option in addition to ‘female’ and ‘male,’ similar to the addition of ‘X’ as a legal sex indicator on U.S. passports. This builds upon last year's update, which included the introduction of a question allowing applicants to share their preferred first name and select their pronoun set, among other changes. Twenty-four states already include a third option for legal sex markers on official government documents.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to prohibit colleges from considering race in their admissions decisions, Common App will provide its member colleges the option to hide the self-disclosed race and ethnicity data on the application. Common App will continue to use this information for statistical and research purposes. This and other student data help inform Common App’s initiatives and provide important insights that contribute to national conversations on college admissions.

Welcoming two new integration partners

Core to Common App’s mission is supporting those who support students. Today’s launch also includes the expansion of Common App’s integration platform, which enables third-party software developers to seamlessly integrate their products with Common App. The Defined Careers platform from Defined and Pathful Explore will join our existing college counseling platforms supported through this integration service, including:

Kuder, Inc.
Majority Clarity, Inc.
XAP Corporation

New Members of Common App for 2023–2024 Application Season

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (PA)
Delaware College of Art and Design (DE)

Geneva College (PA)
Rutgers University (NJ)
University of the District of Columbia (DC)
Washington Adventist University (MD)

Bethany Lutheran College (MN)
Ferris State University (MI)
Northern Michigan University (MI)
Oakland University (MI)
Ohio Dominican University (OH)
University of Southern Indiana (IN)
Viterbo University (WI)
Wilberforce University (OH)
Youngstown State University (OH)

Angelo State University (TX)
Auburn University at Montgomery (AL)

Carson Newman University (TN)
Campbell University (NC)
Georgia Southern University (GA)
Houston Christian University (TX)
Jackson State University (MS)
Johnson C Smith University (NC)

Life University (GA)
Morehead State University (KY)
Morris Brown University (GA)
Newman University (KS)
Oklahoma State University (OK)
Shaw University  (NC)
Southeastern University (FL)
Talladega College (AL)
The University of Alabama in Huntsville (AL)
The University of Texas at El Paso (TX)
Tusculum University (TN)
University of Central Arkansas (AR)
University of Saint Thomas - Houston (TX)
Virginia Military Institute (VA)
Western Kentucky University (KY)

Colorado State University Pueblo (CO)
Pacific Northwest College of Art (OR)
San Francisco Bay University (CA)
University of Alaska Fairbanks (AK)
University of Nevada, Reno (NV)
University of Sioux Falls (SD)

CUNEF University
Dublin City University
Esade Barcelona
The American College of the Mediterranean
Westlake University

**Italicized members indicate MSI status.

About Common App

Common App is a not-for-profit member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year, more than one million students apply to college through the Common App’s online application. In January 2019, the Common App united with Reach Higher, the college access and success campaign started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her time at the White House.

By joining forces, Common App and Reach Higher accelerated progress toward our joint goal of supporting all students, especially low-income and first-generation students, in achieving their higher education dreams. 

Founded in 1975, Common App serves over 1,000 member colleges and universities worldwide. To learn more, visit and follow @CommonApp and #CommonApp on social media.

Emma Steele is the Director of Media and External Affairs at Common App. She’s been with Common App since 2019 and is based in Annandale, VA.