Common App Schools Without a Supplement Essay 2017

Sometimes you just don’t want to have to mess around with supplements. We get it. If you’re applying to a specialized arts program, an honors program, or for certain scholarships, you probably won’t have a choice since supplements or portfolios are nearly universally mandatory. But if you’re applying for general admission it is quite possible to craft a college list completely devoid of supplements. Not just without optional supplements, because those aren’t really optional, but free of any supplemental essays at all.

Before you jump at avoiding supplements altogether, though, it’s worth reflecting on the purpose of supplements. Supplements are often used by top schools as an additional mechanism for weeding people out, so saying no to supplements can mean saying goodbye to some of the best schools in the country. They are also an additional way of showing a side of you that isn’t quantifiable, like a bonus college essay. If you don’t have super strong test scores or a stellar GPA, well-written supplements can be a way into a school that otherwise would have been a far reach.

However, if you’re looking to add a few more schools to your list but don’t have the bandwidth to take on more writing, schools without supplements can be a great way to beef out your options while staying lean on the work. This isn’t an exhaustive list of Common App schools without supplemental essays, but it’s a collection of the ones we think you should consider if you want to go supplement-free.

Select Universities With No Supplements

  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Fordham University
  • Baylor University
  • Clark University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • University of Delaware
  • Marquette University
  • University of Denver
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • SUNY Binghamton University
  • SUNY Stony Brook University
  • University of Vermont
  • Drexel University
  • SUNY University at Buffalo
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Dayton
  • University of the Pacific
  • Clarkson University
  • University of St. Thomas
  • DePaul University
  • Seton Hall University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology

Select Liberal Arts Schools With No Supplements

  • Middlebury College
  • Colby College
  • Grinnell College
  • Kenyon College
  • Skidmore College
  • Connecticut College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Gettysburg College
  • Sewanee: University of the South
  • DePauw University
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  • Furman University
  • Denison University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Beloit College
  • Willamette University
  • Allegheny College
  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Muhlenberg College
  • Spelman College
  • New College of Florida
  • Luther College
  • Southwestern University
  • Ursinus College
  • Albion College
  • Hope College
  • Washington & Jefferson College
  • Juniata College
  • Hollins University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Drew University
  • Goucher College
  • Siena College
  • Coe College
  • Hanover College
  • Ripon College
  • Calvin College
  • Susquehanna University
  • Eckerd College

So there they are; some of the best colleges and universities that don’t have a supplement! Not having a supplement changes the application process because you don’t have a chance to make a case for yourself in a school-specific way (like with “why us?” prompts), but, as we said, they can be a great way to round out your college list, especially if you have strong grades and scores.

If you’re overwhelmed by the options, send us a note. We’d love to help you sort through them to create your perfect college list.