Just like job applications, college applications take a lot of time and calculated effort. Once August hits, it is time for college seniors to begin their application process to five or sometimes ten or more schools. Many times selective schools will use their own application, but more schools are beginning to see the benefits of using the Common App. Its website boasts nearly 700 colleges and universities worldwide use the application. It can make applying to many schools a quick process that allows the student ample time to focus on the quality of the application. But it can be confusing and many times lengthier than other applications.