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They're college application services that let students apply to multiple schools with a single application. Instead of filling out eight different applications, students simply fill out one and submit it to each college.

The Coalition Application is accepted by more than 90 institutions. The platform includes the Locker, a secure, private online space where students can collect and organize materials throughout high school to share with colleges and universities.

The Common Application is a standardized application used by nearly 700 colleges. Each year, nearly a million students use it to submit over 4 million applications.

The Universal College Application is accepted by more than 20 colleges and universities.

Students may need to submit additional documents to some colleges and will still need to pay individual application fees for each college.