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What to Know About the Common Black College Application

Last updated February 28, 2022

Want to apply to some great Historically Black Universities (HBCUs) across the country while cutting down on application costs? Use the Common Black College Application!

What is the Common Black College Application?

The Common Black College Application (CBCA) is an affordable college application that can be used to apply to 65 HBCUs in the U.S - all at once. This is a great option for students who want to apply to a variety of different colleges while cutting down on traditionally high college application fees.

What do I need to apply?

Similar to the Common Application, you must include these things on your application:

  • Personal information (name, address, social security number etc.)
  • Official Transcripts*
  • Approximate cumulative high school GPA
  • Extracurricular activities you’ve participated in (sports, clubs, etc.)
  • Your intended major
  • The top 4 HBCUs you want to attend

While it’s not required, you can also submit your SAT/ACT scores on the application portal. Some member schools are test optional, but some do require test scores to be considered, so be sure to check the requirements of your top schools to make sure you submit everything you need. Essays and letters of recommendation can’t be submitted through the application portal, so be sure to send them directly to your top schools as well.

*Your official transcripts are needed to submit your application. Your guidance counselor will need to upload them in the school counselor dashboard on CBCA's website. Give them a head's up (and plenty of time to do it) before you apply!

How do I apply?

  1. Head to CBCA’s website to begin.
  2. Click “Apply Now” on the top of the page. 

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3. Enter the student application portal.

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4. Choose the type of application you want - the real one, or the practice one (great for getting some college application experience before you apply!)

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5. When entering the application dashboard, click “Complete Application” on the left sidebar.

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6. Fill out the application.

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7. Pay the $20 application fee.

For more information on how to apply, watch this video from CBCA.

How much does it cost?

For a one-time fee of $20, you can apply to all 65 CBCA member schools in the country through their online application portal. While this fee typically covers most costs, certain schools may require additional fees - check in with their admissions office to learn more.

Do I qualify to use the application?

College-bound high school seniors AND college transfer students are eligible to use the CBCA.

*Note: If you already have some college credits when applying with the CBCA, be sure to include that information in your application.

How long does it take to apply?

According to the founder of the CBCA, it takes around 10 minutes to complete the application, but you may have to spend extra time confirming your information is correct and that your application is complete. This can save time (and a headache) down the road!

How long does it take to hear back from colleges?

While your applications are sent immediately to all 65 schools, it may vary when you’ll hear back from each one. Be sure to check your CBCA dashboard and email often so you don’t miss any important updates.

Have any more questions about college applications? We have the resources you need - essays, financial aid, and more!

To learn more about the Common Black College Application and if it’s right for you, be sure to head to their website.

Have any questions about HBCUs and the benefits of attending one? Click here, or text #Hello to 33-55-77!

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