Dillard University is among the list of 33 historically black colleges and universities to which undergraduates can apply with one application for a one-time fee of $35.
Clark Atlanta University is the most recent addition to the list of schools using the Black College Common Application, started in 1998 by EDU Inc. President Robert Mason to increase the marketing and recruitment efforts of HBCUs nationally. In one step, Mason said, the EDU application allows a prospective student to receive acceptance letters, financial aid packages and scholarship offers to several different colleges.
EDU recruiters, based in Atlanta, visit 3,000 high schools a year on average, representing its member institutions and getting more students to compete the application. To date, the company says more than 75,000 students have used the EDU application.
Although now well-known, national and state-specific or group applications such as the Common Application and the Universal Common Application have been around for more than three decades.
The Common Application, started in 1975, represents 346 institutions, including Harvard and Princeton universities and HBCUs such as Morehouse, Spelman and Xavier University. The Universal College Application, started in 2007, has 78 large public Ivy League institutions. The Black College Common Application is the first to serve only HBCUs.
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