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What accessibility options does The Common Application provide for applicants with disabilities?


ADA-Compliant Application PDFs
The Common Application is working to ensure that every student can access higher education - starting with making sure the college application is accessible to everyone. Here you will find the ADA-Compliant PDF version of the online Common App:

First Year Applicant Forms
First Year Application (PDF)
Fee Waiver (PDF)
Early Decision Agreement (PDF)

First Year Recommender Forms
School Report (PDF)
Homeschool Supplement to the School Report (PDF)
International Supplement to the School Report (PDF)
Counselor Recommendation (PDF)
Optional Report (PDF)
Mid Year Report (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)
Teacher Evaluation (PDF)
Other Recommendation (PDF)

Transfer Applicant Form
Transfer Application (PDF)

Transfer Recommender Forms
Please note that not all Common App institutions require these forms. Therefore, we recommend you confirm with each college which submissions are required in addition to your official transcripts.
Academic Evaluation (PDF)
College Report (PDF)
Mid Term Report (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)
Other Recommendation (PDF)


The Common Application is dedicated to assisting any applicant who is unable to fully read or use the system. Please email us at appsupport@commonapp.net with your name and phone number. A member from our Solutions Center team will call you to discuss options on how to best proceed and will help you in this process.

Additional Resources

The Common App takes cross-browser usability and Section 508 compliance seriously. To ensure a quality experience for applicants on a diverse array of operating systems, using different browser types, and with numerous ways of interacting with our software, we test the interface thoroughly. The system has been tested in a vast array of environments. In addition, the Common App also features the following:

  • "Alt" tags are consistently used for any images within the pages.
  • "Label" tags are used to affiliate question descriptions with the form fields themselves.
  • Hypertext links are appropriately descriptive (e.g., "view instructions," rather than "go here").
  • Web page content is appropriately identified at the top of each page.
  • Framed pages are not used within the Common App
  • The system uses a clear and consistent navigation mechanism across all pages.
  • Image maps, Flash, and Java applets are not used in the Common App
  • Web pages are designed so that comprehension of color is not required to understand the content.
  • Pages are designed to avoid excessive screen flickering.
  • Best practices are followed to allow for screen readers.

High Contrast extension for Google Chrome  - High Contrast lets you browse the web with your choice of several high-contrast color filters designed to make it easier to read text. When you install this extension, all pages are "inverted", so black becomes white and white becomes black. Press the "browser action" icon in the toolbar to toggle it on and off, or customize your settings on a per-site basis. Use a convenient keyboard shortcut to quickly change your settings while you browse.

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  • Date Created: 06/10/2013
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