39 Top Colleges Without Application Fees

Why pay to apply? There are plenty of great colleges that have free applications!

Elizabeth Hoyt

September 08, 2014

39 Top Colleges Without Application Fees 39 Top Colleges Without Application Fees

Nowadays, it’s not only expensive to go to college, it’s also expensive to apply. College applications have increased in cost – some of them are upwards of $70!

And, for students with limited funds, it can be cumbersome to apply to several colleges. While you are able to get around fees with financial need, there may be an easier way. Consider applying to colleges without application fees.

The good news is that there are plenty of colleges that recognize that the application fee costs are expensive and no longer charge fees for their applications. Many colleges may even have a declared application fee, but will waive the charge for students who apply online, usually utilizing the Common Application.

Using DIY College Rankings list of colleges with free application fees list, cross-referenced with the Forbes America’s Top Colleges list rankings, Fastweb was able to compile a list of solid colleges with free applications.

Here are 39 of the Forbes Top Colleges with no application fees, along with their ranking number on Forbes America’s Top Colleges list:

1. Tulane University of Louisiana
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #15

2. Thomas Aquinas College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #16

3. Carleton College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #16
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

4. Wellesley College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #29
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

5. Colby College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #39

6. Kenyon College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #42
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.




7. Reed College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #46
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

8. Smith College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #49
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

9. Union College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #57

10. Grinnell College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #58
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

11. Bryn Mawr College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #65
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

12. Centre College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #81
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

13. Depauw University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #91
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

14. Earlham College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #92

15. Rhodes College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #93
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

16. Denison University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #95
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

17. Mount Holyoke
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #97
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

18. Sewanee – The University of the South
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #98
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

19. St. Olaf College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #109
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

20. Hampshire College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #110
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

21. Lewis & Clark College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #115

22. Case Western Reserve University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #127

23. Trinity University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #132

24. Juniata College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #133

25. The College of Wooster
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #136
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

26. Presbyterian College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #142
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

27. Drake University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #143
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

28. Ohio Wesleyan University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #145
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

29. Hendrix College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #152
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

30. Creighton University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #156
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

31. Hobart William Smith Colleges
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #160
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

32. St. John’s College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #162

33. Beloit College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #165
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

34. Hampden-Sydney College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #171
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

35. Hillsdale College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #178
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

36. Transylvania University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #184
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

37. Saint Louis University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #191
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

38. Ursinus College
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #193
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

39. Southwestern University
Forbes Top Colleges Rank: #197
Note: No application fee using the Common App online.

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