I’ve been critical of the functionality of the Coalition Application during past admissions cycles; however, For 2019-2020, the Coalition Application appears, at first glance, more straightforward to use than it has been in the past. In addition, the Coalition Application has a new feature that is really great.
The feature allows the student to see how many Coalition colleges are looking for the student to complete particular sections (pages) of the application. This is great news because it gives students better insight into what pages they actually have to fill out versus what pages they may just want to skip. Anything that gives students more clarity is a winner in my book!
Yet, to make this feature really valuable for students, the colleges themselves must be sure to update what they are expecting from students once and only once, and ideally in July. Otherwise, students could theoretically log into the Coalition Application in July and expect that certain pages are not essential for them to fill out, but then if they log back in later in August, after many colleges will upload their school-specific requirements, students may be surprised to learn that colleges’ expectations have changed.
Watch the video below to learn more about this topic.
Over the coming weeks, I’ll review additional new features of this year’s Coalition App and Common App.