2017-18 Coalition Application Guide

By IvyWise on Wednesday, July 26, 2017

2017-18 Coalition App GuideHere’s Everything College-Bound Seniors Need to Know About the Coalition College Application

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The 2017-18 admissions season is ramping up, with the opening of the Common Application on August 1 and the availability of the Coalition application. Over 100 colleges and universities plan to use the Coalition application this year, and there have been a number of changes and enhancements that students and parents need to be aware of before starting on their applications this fall.

Coalition App Colleges

Last year, after the Coalition app debuted, only about 48 colleges used the new application platform for the 2016-17 admissions cycle. This year, that number has more than doubled, with 116 colleges using the application for the college class of 2022.

Currently, most colleges that accept the Coalition app are also continuing to use the Common Application or their own institutional application. There are only a few colleges (University of Florida, University of Washington, and University of Maryland) that are using the Coalition application exclusively.

At IvyWise, we’re advising students to continue using the Common Application, unless they’re applying to an institution that only uses the Coalition app. One application is not valued over the other, so using one application platform instead of another will not give you an advantage – or put you at a disadvantage – in the admissions process.

Here are the colleges and universities that will be accepting the 2017-18 Coalition application (with most still accepting the Common App or their institutional college application.)

  1. Adelphi University
  2. Allegheny College
  3. American University
  4. Amherst College
  5. Bates College
  6. Beloit College
  7. Binghamton University – State University of New York
  8. Bowdoin College
  9. Bryn Mawr College
  10. Caltech
  11. Carleton College
  12. Carroll University
  13. Case Western Reserve University
  14. Claremont McKenna College
  15. Clemson University
  16. Colby College
  17. Colgate University
  18. College of New Jersey
  19. College of the Holy Cross
  20. College of Wooster
  21. Colorado College
  22. Columbia University
  23. Dartmouth College
  24. Davidson College
  25. Denison University
  26. Drew University
  27. Duke University
  28. Elon University
  29. Emory University
  30. Florida State University
  31. Franklin and Marshall College
  32. Georgia Institute of Technology
  33. Hamilton College
  34. Harvard University
  35. Haverford College
  36. Indiana University – Bloomington
  37. James Madison University
  38. Johns Hopkins University
  39. Juniata College
  40. Kenyon College
  41. Lycoming College
  42. Manhattan College
  43. Marist College
  44. Miami University – Ohio
  45. Michigan State University
  46. Middlebury College
  47. Mount Holyoke College
  48. North Carolina State University at Raleigh
  49. North Central College
  50. Northeastern University
  51. Northwestern University
  52. Oberlin College
  53. The Ohio State University
  54. Pennsylvania State University
  55. Pomona College
  56. Princeton University
  57. Purdue University
  58. Ramapo College of New Jersey
  59. Reed College
  60. Rice University
  61. Rutgers University – New Brunswick
  62. Rutgers University – Newark
  63. Saint Michael’s College
  64. Salem College
  65. Simmons College
  66. Skidmore College
  67. Smith College
  68. Southern Methodist University
  69. Mary’s University
  70. Olaf College
  71. Stanford University
  72. State University of New York – University at Albany
  73. State University of New York – University at Buffalo
  74. State University of New York – College at Geneseo
  75. Stetson University
  76. Stony Brook University
  77. Swarthmore College
  78. Sweet Briar College
  79. Texas A&M University
  80. Trinity University
  81. Tufts University
  82. Union College
  83. University of Arizona
  84. University of Chicago
  85. University of Connecticut
  86. University of Dayton
  87. University of Florida
  88. University of Georgia
  89. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  90. University of Iowa
  91. University of Kentucky
  92. University of Mary Washington
  93. University of Maryland – College Park
  94. University of Michigan
  95. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
  96. University of Montana
  97. University of New Hampshire
  98. University of New Mexico
  99. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  100. University of Notre Dame
  101. University of Pennsylvania
  102. University of Pittsburgh
  103. University of Richmond
  104. University of Rochester
  105. University of South Carolina
  106. University of Tampa
  107. University of Vermont
  108. University of Washington
  109. Vanderbilt University
  110. Vassar College
  111. Wake Forest University
  112. Washington University in St. Louis
  113. Wellesley College
  114. Wesleyan University
  115. Williams College
  116. Yale University

Essay Prompts

The essay prompts for the 2017-18 Coalition app remain unchanged from last year. Below are the essay topics for the 2017-18 Coalition app:

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Here are the 2017-18 Common Application essay prompts for comparison.

New Features

The Coalition application has also announced a number of changes and enhancements on the application for this year. Here are some details on the changes to the 2017-18 Coalition app from their June newsletter:

  • Students are now able to report two additional “types” of activities: Academic Activity and Family Responsibilities.
  • The disciplinary history section has been removed, and, instead, member colleges may choose add related questions to their school-specific supplement.
  • The question about students’ “first language” has been adjusted to request that students report all languages and proficiency level for each.
  • Many colleges included questions in their member-specific questions requesting more detail about a student’s racial/ethnic background. The system has a new question that enables students to provide that additional information. Students from Native communities also have the opportunity to report tribal affiliation and ID (if applicable).
  • Students now have the opportunity to report that they took a test on a particular date and use a checkbox to indicate scores have not yet been received.
  • Students are now invited to supply the name and email for their counselor as part of the application.
  • Students are able to report that they have worked with a community-based organization and also to supply the name of the organization, a specific CBO point of contact, and the email address of that contact.
  • Students now have more options when selecting what “type” of classes they’ve taken, including IB Higher Level or IB Standard Level as well as Cambridge AICE. Students can also report if coursework is a regular or summer course.
  • Students are required to respond to the citizenship questions, which will improve workflow and prevent data conflicts. The DACA question remains optional.
  • There are three new questions to help member colleges learn about a student’s household. Specifically, students are asked to report with whom they live permanently and where they live permanently. They are also asked to describe parents’ marital status relative to one another.

With the availability of multiple college application platforms and other confusing college admissions factors, it’s important to understand what colleges are looking for when applying this fall. For help with your applications, essays, college lists, and more, contact us today for more information on our college counseling programs for seniors, as well as juniors and underclassmen.

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