Common App Announces New Transfer Application

The Common Application on Tuesday announced plans for a new application for transfer students, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. Jenny Rickard, the organization's president and chief executive, said that the move the revamped would help "a very important but underrecognized group of learners . . . by actually acknowledging their diverse backgrounds and experiences."

According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, most college students are no longer 18-year-old, recent high school graduates. Many begin their higher education career at two-year colleges, come out of the military, or are adults returning to higher education to complete degrees or certificates.

Currently, only 4 percent of applications sent through the Common Application's platform are completed by transfer students, who, on average, apply to two colleges.

The new transfer application will allow students to apply to multiple programs with one set of materials and waive certain fees, as well. It will be available in early 2018 for an "early adopter" group of about a dozen colleges and universities, with a full release set for August 2018.


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