Common Application FAQs
Here are step-by-step instructions and links to resources to help answer the questions you have asked most frequently about the Common Application. If you are having technical difficulties with completing and submitting your Common Application, you should seek assistance directly from the Common Application through their "Application Support".
Does submission of the Common Application end with payment of your application fee?
No, the submission process is a three-step sequence. First, students review a copy of their application. Second, they pay the application fee (unless using a fee waiver). Finally, they sign the affirmation and complete submission. Some students are stopping this sequence after paying the application fee but before submitting the application. For this reason, it's always a good idea for students to check their Dashboard for confirmation of submission status.
Does Cornell Require a Writing Supplement?
How do I make the Writing Supplement appear?
To make the Writing Supplement appear on your Common Application you must select the college/school at Cornell you wish to apply to, as well as your intended major. For step-by-step instructions please see below.
Steps to make the Cornell Writing Supplement appear on the Common Application:
- Log in to the Common Application
- Click the "My Colleges" tab
- Click "Questions" in the left navigation
- Click "Academics" to expand the academics section and answer all questions that appear
- Click the "Continue" button
- Click "Questions" under the "Writing Supplement" section in the left navigation to view the Cornell Writing Supplement
Am I able to view a PDF of my Common Application and Writing Supplement?
Yes. You can preview your application when it is ready for submission. After you have completed your Common Application, click on the Review and Submit section for Cornell University. A PDF preview will then be automatically generated.
What forms can I print and submit via mail?
The Common Application is only available online. However, there are select forms that you can print from your Common Application account and submit by mail.
First-year Printable Forms
- School Report
- Optional Report
- Mid-Year Report
- Final Report
- Teacher Recommendation
Transfer Printable Forms
- College Report
- Academic Evaluation
- Mid-Term Report (print only)
- Final Report (print only)
How do I submit the required documentation for my fee waiver request?
First-year applicants: The Common Application will automatically send your fee waiver request to your high school counselor for confirmation. No additional documentation is needed after your counselor has approved your request. If your request is denied by your counselor, you will need to log into your Common Application account and pay the application fee.
Transfer applicants: Your fee waiver request will not be considered by Cornell until you submit the fee waiver request on the Common Application and send supporting documentation to Cornell University. The following are acceptable types of supporting documentation: a letter from a transfer advisor, the financial aid office at your current college/university, or a representative of a social service/community agency stating that the fee would cause financial hardship. Should you have questions, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are the help resources on the Common Application website?
- General Common Application help
- First-Year Applicants: Freshman Solutions Center and Application Guide
- Transfer Applicants: Transfer Application Solutions Center and Transfer Application Guide
- Contact Common App
Counselors and Recommenders
- Recommender Guide and Common App Ready
- First-Year Recommender Solutions Center
- Transfer Recommender Solutions Center
- Contact Common App
How do I submit a musical recording to be considered with my application?
Undergraduate applicants may supplement their applications with music recordings by following instructions at the following URL: https://music.cornell.edu/submit-recordings. Please note: Industrial and Labor Relations does not consider supplemental music submissions as part of their application process.