5 Things to Know About the College Coalition Application

  1. The College Coalition is an organization of over 90 schools that aims to provide increased access for students to college admissions. The College Coalition states their goal as a “shared commitment to providing students with the best possible college experience, beginning with the college application process. Coalition schools offer an affordable education, promising low-cost, in-state tuition for residents of their state (for public schools) or meeting the full, demonstrated need of admitted domestic students (for private schools).” (http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/faq.html).  The College Coalition Application is the organization’s alternative to the Common Application, which allows students to apply to multiple institutions with the same basic application (in addition to individual supplements).


  1. The College Coalition App uses a “locker” system. This is a storage place on the application where students can upload documents or videos like essays, performances, artwork, or other supplemental material but also access information about college admissions they might not otherwise have access to.


  1. The essay prompts are different. Here are the College Coalition application prompts:
  1. Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
    2. Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
    3. Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
    4. What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
    5. Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Find the Common App essay prompts here.


  1.  Not every college involved is planning on using it as their primary application. According to an article published on Inside Higher Ed, “a few dozen members of the coalition (which is now up to 93) don’t plan to use the application during the next admissions cycle.” This means that students who are applying for the fall of 2017 won’t have access to the application for certain colleges this fall and winter. The article explains, “Coalition leaders say this isn’t a big deal, but some high school guidance counselors disagree… officials said they were taken aback when they heard at coalition presentations that as many as 40 colleges might be opting out of the new application this year.”


  1. Hughes College Prep recommends you use the Common App if given the choice.

Why? You can choose both. Nearly all of the schools on the Coalition are also offering a Common App option. The Common App is accessed by over 400 schools and will help you stay organized on one main application, rather than juggling several. Finally, since this is the first year for the Coalition, we want our students to avoid any technical difficulties. The Common App is now open, and allows student to roll over their accounts and materials from year to year. Even if you’re a sophomore or junior, you can become familiar with the Common Application and take some of the mystery, and therefore anxiety, out of the mix.
Read more about the Coalition Application here, here or here.


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