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 and editing, too, which you wouldn't want to do on your phone. Trust us.)