Secondary applications

Schools that wish to learn more about you will ask you to submit a secondary application. Not every school sends secondary applications, and some send them to all applicants. Others screen the primary application before deciding whether or not to send a secondary.


  • Are specific to each school
  • Seek additional information beyond the primary application
  • May require additional essays, an updated transcript, and/or an additional fee

Complete your secondary applications thoughtfully and have someone review them before you submit. Send them back to schools within 1-2 weeks of receiving them.

A note on secondary fees: If you were eligible for financial assistance with your primary application, you are most likely eligible for a reduced or waived fee on your secondary application. If you were not eligible for fee assistance with your primary but could benefit from reduced or waived fees for your secondaries, it is appropriate to ask schools about this possibility.