2018-19 Coalition Application Guide

By IvyWise on Wednesday, July 11, 2018

coalition_app_guideHere’s What Parents and Students Need to Know About the 2018-19 Coalition Application

The 2018-19 college admissions season is already underway, and with the availability of the Common Application and the newer Coalition app, students have some options when it comes to college application platforms. While the Common Application is used by far more colleges than the Coalition app, some colleges use the Coalition app exclusively, so students should know what to expect should they have to utilize the Coalition app to apply any of the colleges on their balanced college list.

Here’s what students can expect on the 2018-19 Coalition application.

Essay Prompts
Like the Common App, the Coalition app includes a main essay, which may or may not be required by schools. The application prompts have not changed from last year. Here are the Coalition app essay prompts for 2018-19:

  • 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 2018-19 Common Application essay prompts for comparison.

Changes to the Coalition App
A number of changes were implemented this June for the 2018-19 Coalition app. The aim of these changes was to make the application set up and user experience easier and more efficient. Some notable changes include:

  • Adaptive Profiles: When creating their Coalition app account, students will now be asked a series of questions meant to display “recommended” and “optional” sections of the profile based on students’ answers. This is intended to make the MyCoalition profile more customized to students’ needs and goals.
  • Revised Activities/Experience Section: The Extracurricular Activities section of the Coalition app profile has been renamed Activities/Experience in order to be more inclusive of student activities and experiences outside of the traditional extracurricular activities that students list on their college applications.
  • Revisions to High School Information and Coursework sections. Several improvements have been made to these sections in order to make it easier for students to record courses and grades throughout high school, and also eliminate any redundant information fields or questions.
  • Profile Requirement List. Now students can see a lit of which colleges will require a Profile section as part of their application.

Coalition Application Member Colleges
Since the launch of the Coalition app in 2016, a number of colleges and universities across the US have been utilizing the new application platform. Currently, the Coalition app has about 150 member colleges, compared to the Common Application with over 800, and the Universal Application with about 15.

While many member colleges still utilize the Common App in addition to the Coalition app, or their own institutional application, there are a small number of schools, like Virginia Tech, which use the Coalition app exclusively, meaning the Coalition app is the only college application they accept for undergraduate admission. It’s important when researching colleges and creating your application timeline to make a note of what applications each institution uses.

Here are the current member colleges of the 2017-18 Coalition application:

Adelphi University

Rice University

Allegheny College

Rollins College

American University

Rutgers University – Camden

Amherst College

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Arizona State University

Rutgers University – Newark

Babson College

Saint Michael’s College

Bates College

Salem College

Beloit College

Simmons College

Binghamton University

Skidmore College

Boston University

Smith College

Bowdoin College

Southern Methodist University

Brown University

St John’s College

Bryn Mawr College

St. Mary’s University

Bucknell University

St. Olaf College


Stanford University

Carleton College

Stetson University

Carroll University

Stony Brook University

Case Western Reserve University

SUNY Geneseo

Claremont Mckenna College

Swarthmore College

Clemson University

Sweet Briar College

Colby College

Texas A&M University

Colgate University

The College of New Jersey

College of the Holy Cross

The College of Wooster

Colorado College

The Ohio State University

Columbia University

The University of New Mexico

Cornell University

Trinity University (TX)

Dartmouth College

Tufts University

Davidson College

Union College

Denison University

University at Albany (SUNY)

Drew University

University at Buffalo

Duke University

University of Arizona

Elon University

University of Arkansas

Emory University

University of Chicago

Florida Southern College

University of Connecticut

Florida State University

University of Dayton

Franklin & Marshall College

University of Delaware

Georgia Tech

University of Florida

Grinnell College

University of Georgia

Hamilton College

University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Harvard University

University of Iowa

Harvey Mudd College

University of Kentucky

Haverford College

University of Mary Washington

Illinois State University

University of Maryland – College Park

Indiana University – Bloomington

University of Michigan

James Madison University

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Johns Hopkins University

University of Missouri

Juniata College

University of Montana

Kenyon College

University of New Hampshire

La Salle University

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Loyola Marymount University

University of Notre Dame

Loyola University Maryland

University of Oregon

Lycoming College

University of Pennsylvania

Manhattan College

University of Pittsburgh

Marist College

University of Richmond

Mercyhurst University

University of Rochester

Miami University – Ohio

University of South Carolina

Michigan State University

University of South Florida

Middlebury College

University of Tampa

Mount Holyoke College

University of Texas at Austin

North Carolina State University at

University of Vermont


University of Virginia

North Central College

University of Washington – Bothell

Northeastern University

University of Washington – Seattle

Northwestern University

Ursinus College

Oberlin College

Vanderbilt University

Olin College Of Engineering

Vassar College

Pennsylvania State University

Virginia Tech

Pomona College

Wake Forest University

Presbyterian College

Washington University in St. Louis

Princeton University

Wellesley College

Purdue University

Wesleyan University

Ramapo College of New Jersey

William & Mary

Reed College

Williams College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Yale University


When preparing for the college application process, it’s important for students to be informed on their application options, requirements, and more. At IvyWise we work with students to help them develop a comprehensive application strategy, assist with essay brainstorming and editing, and make sure their applications are the best representation of who they are as people and students – no matter the platform they’re using. For more information on our college counseling services, contact us today.

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