University of Mississippi Joins The Common Application

Starting Aug. 1, new online system will make it easier for students to apply to UM

The Common Application will be available starting Aug. 1 for those students applying to the University of Mississippi. Photo by Thomas Graning/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Miss. – Students applying to the University of Mississippi will have the ability to do so through The Common Application, an online college application platform that serves and supports more than 3 million applicants, teachers and counselors across the United States and around the world every year.

In addition to providing a single online application and 24/7/365 support for all students applying to member colleges and universities, the Common App connects applicants to financial aid and scholarship tools, digital portfolios, virtual mentors, a Virtual Counselor and a library of resources for counselors, advisers and recommenders working with students to complete their college applications. It now also includes Spanish language translations.

Starting Aug. 1, the Common App will be available to students applying to Ole Miss.

“The user-friendly interface of the Common Application will allow more prospective students to learn about the University of Mississippi and apply to be a part of our incredible community,” said Brandi Hephner LaBanc, UM vice chancellor for student affairs. “By leveraging this enrollment tool, we hope to broaden our reach in order to recruit students who may not have been aware of the outstanding academic programs, dedicated faculty and staff, or our beautiful campus here at Ole Miss.”

Common App makes the application process, including fee waiver, more efficient. As a member university, UM will reach students who may not have otherwise considered the institution. One-third of the more than 1 million Common App applicants are the first in their family to pursue a college degree.

“The diversity of our membership is one of our greatest strengths,” said Jenny Rickard, president and CEO of The Common Application. “Through membership with The Common Application, the University of Mississippi has demonstrated a shared commitment to pursuing access, equity and integrity in the college admission process. Thanks to our members, all students, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to easily apply to the college or university that will help them achieve their best future.”

Students can create a Common App account now because their account will roll over from year to year. Beginning this year, Common App members will also begin using the newly introduced Common App for transfer, a separate application designed exclusively to meet the needs of transfer and adult student populations.

About the University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi, affectionately known as Ole Miss, is the state’s flagship university. Included in the elite group of R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. With nearly 24,000 students, Ole Miss is the state’s largest university and is ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing institutions. Its 16 academic divisions include a major medical school, nationally recognized schools of accountancy, law and pharmacy, and an Honors College acclaimed for a blend of academic rigor, experiential learning and opportunities for community action.

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About The Common Application

The Common Application is a not-for-profit member organization committed to the pursuit of access, equity and integrity in the college admission process. Each year, more than 1 million students, one-third of whom are first-generation, apply to college through the Common App’s online application. Founded in 1975, the Common App serves more than 800 member colleges and universities worldwide.

To learn more, visit, follow @CommonApp and #CommonApp.