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Common Application vs. Coalition Application

Rising Seniors, as the time comes to decide where you’re going to apply to college, you’ll also have to decide what application portal you’ll be using to complete your applications. There are a few options, but the two portals that offer the largest number of schools are the Common App and the Coalition App. Neither will guarantee or hinder your chances of getting into the college of your choice, but there are some key differences you should know before choosing which one to use.

The Common App (www.commonapp.org) is just that - the most commonly used app among students. Its popularity can likely be attributed to the almost 800 institutions that house their applications there. Plus, it’s easy to use. All of your basic information only has to be entered once for all of your applications! Then, you just have to answer the supplemental questions each institution requires. Using the application is technically free, but some universities require extra fees in order to submit your final app.

The Coalition App (www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org)  is not as widely used because it is relatively new. Released in 2016, the application is still getting up and running and fixing some technical issues. Still, there are benefits to choosing this application. It also has a large number of institutions - about 150 - and the logistics of using it are relatively the same as the Common App. However, this application ensures that all the colleges and universities included in its portal have proven, through a series of criteria, their dedication to providing financial aid to students who need it. So, if you’re looking for financial aid, this may be a better application for you.

Again, there is no “correct” choice. Both applications will get you where you want to go if your application materials are solid. Check out the schools available on and the interface of both portals then make your decision.

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