See below for a chart with dates and deadlines for college applications in Virginia!
The Three Application Options
(Use the chart above to determine which applications are used by different schools)
The Common App is a central application that can be used to apply to multiple schools. You write one essay, fill out one set of forms, and that application is then distributed to the colleges you select. NOTE: Many colleges have additional questions and essays that must be completed prior to submission.
Similar to the Common App, the Coalition Application allows you to complete one application and then send it to multiple colleges. It is generally more complex than the Common App and often requires students to self-report their academic record. If given the choice, use the Common App or school-specific application instead.
Some colleges have their own application that students can use to apply. In some cases (i.e. JMU), students have a choice of filling out the school-specific application or the Common/Coalition App. If given the choice, I always recommend completing the school-specific application. It is generally easier and reaches the school quicker.
Examples: UVA, Virginia Tech (new this year), George Mason, VCU, Christopher Newport
Examples: JMU, Virginia Tech, University of Richmond
Examples: JMU, Radford, ODU, Eastern Mennonite, Bridgewater