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Oct 19, 2023

CSCU Partners with Common App to Offer Automatic Admission to CTs High School Seniors

Eligible students can apply for the first round of auto admit at the CAAP website by Friday, Oct. 27, 2023.

The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system has partnered with Common App to offer in-state high school seniors automatic admission into Connecticut Automatic Admissions Program (CAAP) partner colleges and universities by filling out only one application form. Eligible students can apply for the first round of auto admit at the CAAP website by Friday, Oct. 27, 2023.

Connecticut’s graduating high school seniors in the top 30% of their class — as identified by their individual high school counselors — are eligible to fill out the Common Application and be automatically admitted into the four regional state universities that include Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, and Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. In addition to the four regional state universities, other CAAP partner institutions include Mitchell College, University of Bridgeport, University of New Haven, University of St. Joseph, and Goodwin University.

To apply, students must go to the CAAP website, create a Common App account, and enter specific information. There is no application fee for eligible students. Common App will then send letters to thousands of high school applicants to inform them that they have been automatically accepted into the four Connecticut State Universities for fall 2024, encouraging them to make the decision to enroll.

The CSCU and Common App partnership — the first state-and-nonprofit partnership on direct admission — accelerates the admission process and makes it easier for graduating seniors from the state’s public and private high schools to apply for college. It is also a powerful step toward educational equity, student success, and removing barriers to higher education.

“We are thrilled to partner with Common App to help ease the pathway into college and eliminate barriers to higher education for Connecticut’s high school seniors who might not consider college,” said CSCU Chancellor Terrence Cheng. “This partnership represents educational access and equity while helping increase the number of high school seniors attending college who will ultimately be well-prepared to enter into the state’s workforce.”

“We are so excited to partner with the state of Connecticut to ensure every student knows they are worthy and wanted on a college campus,” said Jenny Rickard, President & CEO of Common App. “Common App's Next Chapter is all about reimagining the admissions process so that all students feel welcomed and ready to apply and enroll in college. This partnership is one of many ways we can simplify the admissions process and expand access to postsecondary opportunities; through a trusted platform that over 1.3 million students use each year.”

“This partnership with Common app provides a streamlined process for high school students, their families, and high school counselors, while making higher education more accessible and equitable for the students of Connecticut,” said Aynsley Diamond, CSCU Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. “It’s also an opportunity for increasing the number of high school seniors going to college and for collaboration between CSCU, private colleges, the Connecticut State Department of Education, The Office of Workforce Strategy, and high school counselors statewide.”

CAAP website