The University of St. Thomas will join The Common Application beginning August 2015. The Common App began in 1975 when 15 private colleges began accepting a common, standardized, first-year application for their prospective students to use. Over 1 million students annually utilize the free, online first-year and transfer application that is now accepted at over 500 public and private institutions across the nation. Last year, students submitted over 3,000,000 applications to Common App member institutions.
Kris Roach, director of admissions and financial aid, explained that joining Common App is consistent with efforts to increase new student enrollment, to further diversify St. Thomas' community of scholars and to expand the markets from which the university recruits students. "The Common App is recognized as the industry leader in providing an efficient and expedient method for students to submit all of their college applications and their essays from one online site," she said.
St. Thomas joins nine Minnesota colleges and universities that are Common App members.