The Common App Filled With WAVE Accessibility Errors

We wondered what would happen if we run one of the most popular college applications online under WAVE’s web accessibility evaluation tool. The Common App resulted with 153 accessibility errors on their 8 page application at These are actual errors flagged by WAVE and not even counting the warnings. Here is the breakdown by page:

Page Accessibility Errors
Applicant 9
Family 8
Education 53
Academics 58
Activities 3
Writing 3
Signature 1

One of the most glaring issues is that the Common Application can’t run without JavaScript enabled. This is what happened to the website when we disabled JavaScript at the browser level:

Common App JS Error

Here is a screen shot of what the accessibility tool came back with Common App software on the Academics Page:

Common App Section 508?

Are you currently using The Common App at your school under the impression that it is Section 508 Compliant? Maybe it is time to have some accessibility tests run on your school’s educational application.

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