So Many Application Types -- What To Do?

coalitionWith the different college application types out there now, it sometimes seems like we're going back to the days when each college had its own application. Such is capitalism -- everyone is trying to compete, presumably (hopefully) to benefit the students and their families (though it doesn't always seem that way).

Specifically, we have received inquiries surrounding the new Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success application, and we wanted to let you know that we're on top of all the changes for you. Below is an explanation of how College Essay Organizer will be handling all the different application types, based on feedback from members and an analysis of student usage.

  • Each college falls into one of the following categories:
    • It accepts only the Common App, in which case we provide those Common App supplement essay questions.
    • It accepts only the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Application, in which case we provide only those Coalition App essay questions.
    • It accepts only its own School App, in which case we provide those School App essay questions.
    • It accepts both the Common App and its own School App, in which case we provide only the Common App supplement essay questions.
    • It accepts both the Common App and the Coalition App, in which case we provide only the Common App supplement essay questions.
    • It accepts both the Coalition App and its own School App, in which case we provide only the Coalition App essay questions.
    • It accepts the Common App, the Coalition App, and its own School App, in which case we provide only the Common App supplement essay questions.
    • It accepts another app used by certain schools (eg, ApplyTexas), and in these cases we note whether we are using the questions from this app for any given school.
    • While a few colleges also accept the Universal College App, we do not reference those essay questions since so few applicants use that app.

Essentially, due to its popularity, the Common App essay questions will continue to be displayed as a college's default questions. However, when a college accepts its own School App as well as the Coalition app (but not the Common App), we will be displaying the Coalition's questions. Below is a list of the schools that currently accept its own School App as well as the Coalition App (and do not accept the Common App). This list is subject to change as schools continue to re-evaluate their use of the Coalition for the current season.

Clemson University
Penn State - University Park
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
Texas A&M - College Station
University of Florida (This takes only the Coalition)
University of Iowa
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina

If a college above takes the Coalition and its own School App but has not yet released its application through the Coalition (e.g., University of Minnesota-Twin Cities), we will list the School App's essay questions and will notify you when that school's Coalition essay questions are officially live. We are doing this because some colleges that claimed they would be using the Coalition this year have just switched gears and are sticking with their own School App (e.g., Florida State University). So things are in flux in the college app world, but we're on top of all of it for you.

We know this might seem a bit confusing at first, but hey, we didn't bring the rain -- we're just handing you the umbrella. Ultimately, just work under the assumption that we prioritize applications in this order: Common App, then Coalition App, then School App. Simple.

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