Your final college list should consist of at least 3, but no more than 10 schools, including a reasonable combination of safety, likely, and reach schools. It is always smart to include at least one of the following: University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, and/or Community College of Rhode Island. Remember, if a school that you are applying to does not participate in the Common Application, you will need to apply separately on their individual website. Also, be sure you understand the different decision plan options: Early Action means you apply early (usually November) and hear back early (usually December), but are not bound to attend that school if you are accepted; Early Decision means that you apply early (usually November) and hear back early (usually December), and are bound to attend that school if you are accepted; Regular Decision means that you apply for the regular admission deadline (usually January or February) and hear back sometime in April; Rolling Admissions means you apply as soon as you are able and hear back soon after submission. Note that you cannot apply to more than one school Early Decision, but you may apply to more than one school Early Action (though some schools limit the number of schools you can apply to Early Action, so research your schools’ policies carefully).
Fill out the chart contained in the link that follows the colleges and universities you decide to apply to, indicating which schools participate in the Common Application and which don’t, as well as your decision plan: College List.