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No Essay Universities

By: Caroline Koppelman

It excites our students to find out that a school they’re applying to doesn’t have a supplement. Although supplements serve a very important purpose, they can be tedious to write because of the time and research involved in making them unique. We went through the top 100+ schools on the US News and World ranking and found all the schools that don’t have supplements. If you’re on the fence about applying to a certain school on this list, then this might be the factor that makes you apply. However, we don’t recommend applying to a school simply because it is supplement-free. 

Best Universities With No Supplements

  • Case Western Reserve University 
  • The Ohio State University 
  • University of Connecticut 
  • Fordham University 
  • Baylor University 
  • Clark University 
  • Stevens Institute of Technology 
  • University of Delaware 
  • Miami University—Oxford 
  • Marquette University 
  • University of Denver 
  • Binghamton University 
  • Stony Brook University 
  • University of Vermont 
  • Saint Louis University 
  • University of Alabama 
  • Drexel University 
  • SUNY Buffalo 
  • University of Nebraska—Lincoln 
  • University of New Hampshire 
  • University of Dayton 
  • University of the Pacific 
  • Clarkson University 
  • University of St. Thomas 
  • DePaul University 
  • Seton Hall University 
  • University of Arkansas 
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology 

When the Common Application came along with the premise of making the college application process easier than the many individual applications for each college, students and teachers rejoiced.

That was then….

NOW, most colleges seem to have 3 or 4 of their own supplemental essays in addition to what’s asked on the Common Application. Why? Because they DO want to know more about you such as why are you applying to their school and what has been your most meaningful activity in high school (a prior question on the old Common App).

Some schools however, are bucking the supplemental essay trend and relying only on the Common Application. Why? Well, maybe because they’d like a LOT more applicants so they can have a more qualified pool from which to select. With no supplemental essays students might thing, “SURE, I’ll just throw one in because it’s easy.”

Or, maybe colleges just want a lot more applicants so they can reject more and their acceptance rates will go down making them appear more prestigious. Perhaps they don’t have the manpower to handle them all or maybe they’re just trying to make your life as a student a smidge easier during a tumultuous and stressful time. Whatever the case may be there are many great schools that don’t require supplemental essays.

If you are a senior, now is the time to get your college application essays done before senior year work ramps up.  It can be overwhelming because many schools have supplements that have students addressing upwards of seven random essays IN ADDITION to the essay on the Common Application.

Some students, especially those late to the admissions game, will inquire about schools that don’t require supplemental essays simply for sake of ease as they’re running out of time. Regardless of why YOU want to know which schools don’t require any extra essays, we’ve got you covered. See below sample schools that don’t require extra essays this year.




Many colleges typically want more than what the Common App asks applicants and we definitely work with our students to craft a proactive approach to all those ‘extra’ essays. Whether your target list of schools requires supplemental essays or not, we’re here to help you share your voice, your vision and your true scholarly selves to the college admissions world.

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