What is required to  complete a college application? 

The Application 

The typical college application will include some or all of the following components: 

Test Scores

Most schools will require scores from either the SAT or ACT.


Find out more about standardized tests and test-optional schools. 

High School

Most colleges will require that you submit a resume. 

Learn how to develop a resume for college. 

Worried about Paying for College Application Fees?

Once you register and take the SAT using the test fee waiver provided to City Schools students, you are automatically eligible to receive four college application fee waivers, accepted at over 2,000 institutions.  Additionally, many schools offer their own fee waivers to applicants meeting certain income requirements. 

Find out additional information about the application fee waiver process at the Collegeboard

Identify Which Applications To Use: 
The Common Application 

The Common Application, referred to as the Common App,  is used by over 700 colleges and universities. The Common App allows you to apply to up to 20 schools using a single application. 

Check out the Common App to see if schools that are of interest to you participate. 

The Coalition Application 

The Coalition application is being accepted by a growing number of members of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, including Johns Hopkins University and University of Maryland, College Park. The Coalition is a group of colleges dedicated to improving access and affordability for diverse students. The Coalition Application is free to all users, and college application fees are waived for low-income students.


Find out more about the Coalition and decide if the Coalition App would be good for you. 

The Common Black
College Application 

Fifty-one historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are members of the Common Black College Application. This application allows you to apply to any number of the 51 schools for a single application fee of $35 .


Find out more here

College & University Applications 

Some colleges will only allow you to apply through their own, specialized application. As online applications are now the norm, you would apply through an application found on a  school's website. Applications are most often found under an Admissions section of a school's webpage.