2019-20 Coalition App Guide

By IvyWise on Friday, May 24, 2019

coalition_app_guideEverything Students Need to Know About the 2019-20 Coalition Application

Current high school seniors may be done with the college admissions process, but it’s already starting for juniors who will be applying in the fall. For those planning to apply to college this fall, it’s important to understand the different application options available and how they can impact your application strategy. While the Common App is by far the most popular, there are still over 140 schools that use the Common App’s alternative, the 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 2019-20:

  • 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 2019-20 Common App essay prompts for comparison.

Some Schools Dropping the Coalition App
Last year over 150 colleges and universities utilized the Coalition app with some using it as their exclusive application. However, some member colleges are making changes for the 2019-20 application season and dropping the Coalition app altogether. Both Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia are leaving the Coalition app behind and using only the Common App.

For the full list of Coalition member colleges, click here.

Which Should You Use?
More colleges and universities utilize the Common App, meaning it’s more likely you’ll need to use that application to apply your balanced college list. If you’re applying to schools that accept both the Common App and the Coalition App, it might be in your best interest to focus just on one – the Common App. However, if you are applying to one of the handful of schools that utilize only the Coalition app, you have no choice but to utilize that platform. You can use it to apply to other schools that also accept the application but, again, you don’t want to spend too much splitting your efforts between the two platforms. Choose the one that you’ll be on the most and stick to that one, utilizing the other only when necessary.

Applying to college can be a daunting task, but by becoming familiar with the application platforms available you’re getting a head start on your biggest college prep task. For help getting started on your college apps or guidance on the best application strategy including your college list, contact us today for more information on our college counseling services.

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Coalition Application, College Application Tips
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