College Admissions 101: Everything You Need to Know About the Common Black College Application


Did you know you can apply to 53 schools for $35 dollars with the Common Black College Application?

Almost twenty years ago, in an effort to increase educational options and close the inequality gap, the Common Black Application was established. Similar to the Common App, this platform allows you to keep track of your progress and apply to colleges.

We’ll tell you everything you need to know about the Common Black College App below.


What is the Common Black College Application?

The Common Black College Application (CBCA) allows students to apply to 53 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) for $35. HBCUs are schools that were established before 1964, “whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans.”

Why was the CBCA created?

The founder, Robert Mason, created the CBCA because he sought to break the cycle of poverty in families.  His organization makes applying to multiple colleges more accessible to lower-income families.

Why is the CBCA useful?

The CBCA allows you to apply to 53 colleges at once for the cost of one application, saving you hundreds of dollars in application fees. Also, by casting a wider net to more schools, you are improving your chance of acceptance. In addition to a better chance of acceptance, 53% of applicants have reported getting scholarships.

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The Student Dashboard on the CBCA allows students to directly message member institutions through the platform. It also allows students to keep track of their application progress and upload their test scores.

Interested in Learning More?

Take a look at the instruction videos at the bottom of this page to learn more about how everything works. You can also browse some of the success stories here.