Most colleges and universities in the . have their own set of requirements for the information that is necessary for a college application. A common requirement on a college application is the applicant's standardized test scores, most commonly the ACT or SAT , and a high school transcript . Some colleges also require applications to include a Letter of Recommendation and a personal essay. A commonly accepted application used by many universities is the " Common Application " which is an online application that is used by over 500 colleges and universities. Deadlines for admission applications are established and published by each college or university. Many college-bound students receive application assistance and advice from their high school guidance counselors. Students who are transferring from a community college to a four-year college can obtain guidance from their college counselors.