Standard Application Online

Applying Made Easier!

With the Standard Application Online (SAO), students submit their information, essays, transcripts and recommendations just once, online, to apply to as many SSATB member schools as they like.  The SAO has been enhanced and updated for the 2014-2015 application season!

What does this mean for you?

  • The SAO is a FREE service for member schools 

  • Providing Application Fee Waivers is easy and at your school's discretion

  • Online management system with features including complete/incomplete icons, ability to export/print and issue application fee waivers

  • A robust, gold-standard API to integrate scores, applications and inquiries data into school databases. See link, left, for information (Want to know more?  Email!)

  • Setup is quick and easy on your Member Access Portal (MAP)

  • Access through your MAP - the same place you receive score reports

  • Score reports that have been designated to your school will automatically be linked to the SAO if the student applies

  • Ability to create a school-specific supplement to the application for additional information your school requires

  • Your school receives 100% of your application fee!  SSATB collects the fee when the application is processed and sends you regular disbursement checks.  Students pay a $6.00 administrative fee per application (waived when an Application Fee Waiver is used)

  • Intuitive interface for students, schools and placement professionals

  • Placement directors and counselors have their own workspace, with access to student application status monitoring, recommendation management, and more

Our member schools have seen their application volume double, triple, and even quadruple once they accept the SAO.  The average member school using the SAO sees a 20% increase in applications year over year.  Join over 500 member schools who accept this convenient application and offer prospective students an easier way to apply to your school!

Do you accept the SAO? Say So!

Standard Application Online (SAO) Badge

Add a Standard Application Online badge to your school's website!

Copy the HTML code for one of the SAO badge versions below,
paste it into an email, and forward it to your school's webmaster,
who can insert it directly into the HTML text of your admission page.
Please note that this link does not connect applicants directly
to your school's application. They will be directed to an SAO
information page which will provide them with information
and instructions on using the SAO, plus links to complete a
school search and begin their application.

For more information about the use of this button, please email us.



 Purple/Green Version

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 Blue Version


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 Purple/Red Version

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 White Version

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SAO News

  • If you need to reference a previous year's application, please email SAO Manager Sunaina Khanna (

  • Application fee checks are mailed four times during the season and includes the check and a roster of students for whom the fees apply. The schedule for this mailing is as follows: 
    Check Date     For Period
    12/3/14          9/7/14 -11/30/14
    2/4/15            12/1/14 - 1/31/15
    5/6/15            2/1/15 - 4/30/15
    8/26/15          5/1/2014 - 8/23/15

Upcoming Webinars

The SAO for Placement Professionals
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
3-4 PM EST

Created exclusively for PLACEMENT PROFESSIONALS, this webinar will provide you with training on the use of the Standard Application Online. Learn all about managing applications, teacher recommendations and more!

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Recorded Webinars

What's new for 2014-2015?  


Apply Here: A Tour of the Standard Application Online

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Using the SAO and want to know more about the rollover? 
View our recorded webinar below

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All About the SAO for Educational Consultants & Placement Professionals

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