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The Common Application for Transfer Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about The Common Application for Transfer Applicant Portal and WebAdMIT. It also contains resources that may help you work more efficiently throughout your admissions process. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your Account Manager and Client Success Manager.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in early August and closes in late July.


You can view new applicants and initiate a transfer settings shortly after the new cycle opens in early August.

Program Participation Requirements

The Common Application requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from The Common Application for Transfer, including the application and WebAdMIT launch notifications.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of The Common Application for Transfer application (i.e., Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information) compose the core application. They contain questions that are commonly asked of applicants across all participating programs, such as an applicant's biographic information, standardized test scores, and experiences. The fourth section of the application is Program Materials, which is customized by you.

You can access The Common Application for Transfer application and The Common Application for Transfer Help Center to review the applicant experience. You can also create a test application in the Applicant Portal; we recommend creating a new account and adding "test" to your name (e.g., TestJohn TestDoe).

For a general overview of the applicant experience, review the following documents:

  • Applicant Processing Reference Guide: learn how applicants move through the application and Liaison processes applicant materials, such as transcripts. Note that only the Applicant Experience and Transcript sections are applicable to The Common Application. In addition, The Common Application only accepts electronic transcripts from National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment.
  • Application Statuses Reference Guide: review what each application status means and how you can interact with applicants at different stages. Note that The Common Application's final application status is "Complete."
    • Requirements for The Common Application for Transfer Complete application status can be found here.
  • The Common Application for Transfer Quick Start Guide and FAQs: a suggested timeline for completing and submitting the application and a FAQs section. 

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to The Common Application for Transfer Customer Service.


Review The Common Application for Transfer Quick Start Guide for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. The Documentation and Reference Guides and WebAdMIT Training and Support sections are additional resources as you configure WebAdMIT for your needs. Documents commonly requested include:

  • Application Coupons Reference Guide: learn how to request coupons to offset application fees and disperse them to applicants. The Common Application for Transfer uses Coupon Type 2.
  • Custom Export Field Layout: a comprehensive list of all fields available in the Export Manager, including associated lookup tables.
  • Master College Code List: a comprehensive list of all college names and their respective Liaison, MDB, CEEB, FICE, and/or IPED codes. 
  • Transfer Settings Guide: a review of how programs and templates built in WebAdMIT are carried forward each cycle. Note that The Common Application does not use the Scoring, Assignment, Interviewing, and Local GPAs features.

The Release Notes feature new enhancements in the Applicant Portal and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

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