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The college application process can be stressful.

You’re filling out paperwork, writing essays, managing deadlines and paying fees. On top of that, you’re dealing with everything else you normally have to do — homework, exams, extracurriculars and a social life. 

Time management is key for you right now, so it’s helpful to have tools specifically designed for the college application process that can facilitate scheduling and organization. To make sure you’re using the right tools — and not wasting your limited time testing out duds — here are some college application time management apps. All of them have been recommended by experienced high school counselors or students who used and loved the apps. The best part: These tools are entirely free to use.


  • The Best Apps for College Application Time Management

  • Common App OnTrack

    The Common Application® is a single application you can use to apply to more than 800 colleges and universities. The app enables you to auto-fill applications and manage requirements. It can also help you:

    • Track deadlines, request recommendations, check submission status and create reminder lists.

    • Search the application requirements for each college.

    • Receive push notifications for upcoming deadlines.

  • Universal College Application

    The Universal College Application app lets you auto-fill college applications for multiple schools via a simple profile. The app also allows you to:

    • Link to supplementary online content to enhance your application.

    • Check statuses of all your forms quickly via the checklist tool.

    • Browse participating schools by decision plan, application type and term.

    • Invite advisers to view your progress.

  • CollegeHunch

    CollegeHunch® lets you create spreadsheets within the app to compare up to 15 schools at a time. You can format ready-to-print versions to share with your parents and college counselor. The app also allows you to:

    • See admission requirements and deadlines, including priority deadlines for rolling admission schools.

    • Find data on tuition, fees and financial aid.

    • Calculate return on investment with postgraduate salary data.

    • See test score and GPA data to assess admission chances.

  • Naviance Student

    The Naviance Student® app is a tool that can keep students, parents and college counselors organized and communicating with each other. It’s only available to students whose high school uses Naviance. The app allows you to:

    • Target schools matching your interests.

    • Create to-do lists for specific colleges of your choice.

    • Access data on other applicants, including GPA and average test scores, to assess your odds of acceptance.

    • Submit your applications and forms.

    • Share your college application progress with your parents and counselors for oversight.

  • College Interactive

    Like Naviance, College Interactive allows you and your high school counselor to communicate through the app. It’s a good option if your school doesn’t use Naviance. With this app, you can also:

    • Message college admissions reps.

    • Manage timelines from campus visits through enrollment.

    • Find colleges matching your interests and achievements.

    • Keep checklists of application tasks.

    • Obtain resources for essay ideas and test prep.

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