How does inline® work? What do I need to have in order to use it?

inline® is a software extension that works with Google Chrome®. Once you download it, it launches automatically when you open the Common App® and is constantly active to support you while you complete the application — hence the name inline®.

In order to use it, you'll need:

  1. a computer with internet access
  2. the Chrome® browser, which, if you don't already have it, is downloadable for free
  3. your own Common Application® account at

​The Common Application® is currently not enabled or optimized for mobile use, ​so at this time you should still plan on working on your college applications on desktop or laptop, and one that has a real keyboard. (That helps with essay writing, too, which you wouldn't want to do on your phone. Trust us.)