Whether you’re just starting out or halfway through the college admission process, many students and parents may be unfamiliar with The Coalition Application. Because it’s not as well known, many high school students often confuse the Coalition Application with the Common Application. However, each application has a different set of standards. To help give students a crash course for the Coalition Application, the admission experts at TestPrepScore compiled this helpful guide to answer your most important questions.
Introduced in 2016, the Coalition Application is an alternate college application platform to the Common Application that students can complete through a free online portal. In a better attempt to provide a seamless online experience for students of all incomes, the Coalition offers three free tools for students to use as early as 9th grade:
The Coalition for College is comprised of a diverse collection of renowned colleges and universities across the U.S., committed to making college a reality for low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. The Coalition for College achieves these goals through a set of free, online college-planning tools that helps students learn about, prepare for, and apply to college. Keep in mind that the Coalition App is not intending to replace the Common App.
Like the Common App, the Coalition App requires applicants to submit information about themselves, their family, their high school, test scores (if required), extracurricular activities, honors & awards, and much more. However, answering those questions once will cause them to automatically populate in every college application you submit.
Students may also craft a Coalition App personal essay. Even if a college doesn’t require an essay, students may submit a personal essay if they wish. Taking the time to craft this statement can give admission officers greater insight into the student.
With recommended words counts of 500 to 650 words, students may choose from five prompts:
Like the Common App, the Coalition App is free for students to use. But students must pay additional application fees for each school they apply to, per the schools’ application regulations. Fee waivers are granted immediately for a student who meets one of these four criteria:
Furthermore, access to the Virtual Locker, Collaborative Space, and Coalition Application is free. No student, regardless of income, needs to pay for the Coalition tools and support.
The Coalition will only accept colleges who prove that they provide substantial support (through financial aid, scholarships, or other means) to low-income or underrepresented students. Most of the schools included in the Coalition App are also included in the Common App. In addition to the eight Ivy League colleges, the Coalition for College encompasses over 130 universities such as:
Ultimately, using the Coalition Application over the Common App is simply a matter of personal preference. Just remember that that the Coalition App focuses more on equality and diversity. We invite you to use this guide as you progress through the college application process. For more tips and trends related to all college admissions, please subscribe to our blog.