Common App Announces more than $1.6 Million to Support Access and Equity Initiatives

Arlington, VA– Common App, the non-profit
membership organization dedicated to access, equity and integrity
in the college admissions process, announced today that it has
been awarded a grant of more than $1.6 million from the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation to support a data-driven approach to
college access and equity research initiatives. This research
will enable Common App stakeholders, including school counselors,
college admissions professionals, and external researchers to
better support the students that they serve.

“Common App serves millions of first-time and transfer students
applying to nearly 900 member colleges and universities in the
U.S. and around the world. This information has the potential to
advance the work of professionals committed to increasing access
and equity in the college admissions process,” said Jenny
Rickard, President & CEO of Common App. “We are so grateful to
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for this opportunity to
invest in our infrastructure. This grant will lead us to improve
the outcomes of underrepresented students.”

This initiative will deliver easy-to-understand and meaningful
insights to Common App’s stakeholders for the purpose of
improving college access outcomes for underserved students, help
Common App take an important step towards leading research to
improve outcomes for students in higher education all in
furtherance of Common App’s mission, and to further support
educational research. As Common App partners with researchers, it
will do so in a manner consistent with our privacy policies[1].

About Common App

Common App 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 one million students,
one-third of whom are first-generation, apply to college through
the Common App’s online application. In January 2019, the Common
App united with Reach Higher, the college access and success
campaign started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her
time at the White House. Its core programming, including Better
Make Room, UpNext, College Signing Day, Beating the Odds, school
counselor support, and current grants continues as part of the
Common App’s work with its member institutions, school
counselors, and students. Founded in 1975, Common App serves
nearly 900 member colleges and universities worldwide.

To learn more, visit, and follow @CommonApp and
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