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Common App drama prompts Washington University in St. Louis to rejoin UCA

The Universal College Application has signed another big name college in response to the daily dysfunction that is the once-mighty Common Application.

"Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to once again offer our prospective students the option of applying through the Universal College Application. It is our hope that offering this second application option will relieve the stress students and counselors are feeling as deadlines approach. We are pleased with the responsiveness of the Universal College Application as they facilitated a speedy launch of this additional application option.” said Julie M. Shimabukuro, Director of Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis.

This is not the first time that Washington University in St. Louis has been a member of the Universal College Application; the university was affiliated with both the Common App and Universal College Application before it became an exclusive Common Application member in response to the latter application's perceived industry domination. The decision to re-up with the Universal College Application brings the number of college subscribers to that app to thirty-seven.

“The UCA team is happy to have Washington University in St. Louis back as part of its membership. We have worked with Washington University in St. Louis for many years and are glad to be working with their great team again.” said ApplicationsOnline president Joshua J. Reiter, Ed. D.

Trust in the Common Application, which has over 500 member colleges, was torn to shreds on August 1, 2013 when the Common Application completely changed its functionality and design, both of which have caused student applicants, their parents, high school counselors, and college admissions officers a great amount of grief ever since.

In just the last few days Hampshire College, Princeton University, Trinity College, and Tufts University have also joined the Universal College Application.

As more colleges work to diversify the application options they offer students it will be interesting to see what happens next.


Craig Meister is president of Tactical College Consulting, a Baltimore-based college admissions consultancy that specializes in giving students the tools they need to find and get into their best-fit college. Most recently he created to help students compare their ACT and SAT scores and learn more about how the tests differ.

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