The Common App announced over 200,000 students from low- and middle-income families will be automatically accepted to 70 participating schools.
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- The Common App began a pilot program in 2021 that resulted in over 800 out of 33,000 students accepting direct admissions offers at 14 institutions.
- Last year, the Common App announced the number of underrepresented minority applicants grew by 131%, while first-generation college student rates grew 90%.
- The states of Indiana and Georgia have implemented direct admissions initiatives for in-state high school students. The University of Wisconsin system offers a similar program.
Eligible students who applied to college using the Common App will automatically be accepted.
Common App last week announced that over 200,000 students from low- and middle-income families will be automatically accepted to the 70 member colleges and universities nationwide participating in its direct admissions program.
The Common App is the most popular college application accepted by U.S. colleges and universities.
Around 12% of first-year Common App users will receive at least one direct offer from a college. Common App first piloted three rounds of direct admissions starting in 2021, resulting in over 800 out of 33,000 students accepting direct admissions offers at 14 colleges and universities.
The most impacted demographics were Black or African American, Latino/a, and first-generation students, according to the press release.
“With today’s launch of our full-scale Common App Direct Admissions program, even more students will know they are worthy and welcomed on a college campus,” said Jenny Rickard, president and CEO of Common App.
Last year, Common App announced record application rates from underrepresented minority students. The number of underrepresented minority applicants grew by 131%, and first-generation college student application rates were up 90%.
Common App hinted at new changes and progressive policies to advance equity and social change in higher education in May 2022. The organization’s plan is highlighted within its mission statement, saying it’s “committed to removing … barriers and improving application rates for students who have been historically underrepresented and marginalized in higher education.”
“Colleges join the Common App because they want to expand the diversity of their applicant pool,” Emma Steele, Common App’s senior public relations manager, previously told BestColleges.
A New Trend in Higher Education: Direct Admissions
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education was among the first to adopt direct admissions in this new trend. In August, it announced that high schoolers from 327 state schools could receive direct admissions from 38 participating colleges for fall 2024 enrollment.
A few months later, the University of Wisconsin and the state of Georgia followed suit.
The University of Wisconsin announced that most of its campuses will directly admit qualifying Wisconsin high schoolers without the students ever needing to apply. Different campuses would reach out to a student depending on the student’s GPA, academic performance, and class rank.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced a statewide Georgia Match direct admissions initiative that directly admits qualified high school seniors to more than 40 public institutions.
Students can “claim their spot” at up to three schools for no fees. Once students claim their spot, the school will contact the student on how to apply and waive any application fees.
Schools Offering Direct Admissions Through the Common App
Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles
Western Illinois University
University of Evansville
University of Saint Francis
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Western New England University
Capitol Technology University
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Central Michigan University
The College of St. Scholastica
Concordia University, St. Paul
Montclair State University
University of Nevada, Reno
New York Institute of Technology
Paul Smith’s College
St. Thomas Aquinas College
SUNY Buffalo State University
The New School
College of Wooster
Portland State University
York College of Pennsylvania
Spartanburg Methodist College
The University of Memphis
Houston Christian University
St. Edward’s University
Christopher Newport University
George Mason University
University of Lynchburg
Virginia Commonwealth University