New College Application in the market: Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success College Application

Hello friends, I'm sorry for not posting for such a long time but I was a lot busy in the past few weeks. But now I'm back with an all new and exciting topic, "The Coalition College Application".

NOTE: All the information provided in this article is true as far now. But it may change later in the future. So, I request you to keep checking this blog and other mentioned websites at regular intervals for up to date information.

What is the New Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success College Application?

Over 80 Colleges, including all Ivy Leagues, Stanford University, and Caltech had formed a coalition in an effort to increase college access and revamp the way that students apply to college. Known as "The Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success", this initiative plans to launch a new college application from the upcoming application cycle, i.e., Fall 2016 that would serve as an alternative to The Common Application.

The platform provides a single, centralized toolkit for students to organize, build, and refine their application to numerous institutions.

Official Website:
For Login/Signup:

Member Institutions

Out of all the 94 present member institutions, 58 will be accepting The Coalition Application from the upcoming cycle, i.e., 2016/2017 cycle while the other 36 will start accepting The Coalition Application from the 2017/2018 cycle.

Schools accepting Coalition Application for 2016/2017:

  1. American University
  2. Amherst College
  3. Bowdoin College
  4. Bryn Mawr College
  5. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  6. Carleton College
  7. Claremont McKenna College
  8. Clemson University
  9. Colgate University
  10. College of the Holy Cross
  11. College of William & Mary
  12. Columbia University
  13. Connecticut College
  14. Davidson College
  15. Denison University
  16. Duke University
  17. Emory University
  18. Hamilton College
  19. Harvard University
  20. Indiana University - Bloomington
  21. Johns Hopkins University
  22. North Carolina State University - Raleigh
  23. Northeastern University
  24. Northwestern University
  25. Ohio State University
  26. Pennsylvania State University
  27. Pomona College
  28. Purdue University
  29. Reed College
  30. Rice University
  31. Rutgers University - New Brunswick
  32. St Olaf College
  33. Stanford University
  34. State University of New York - Binghamton
  35. State University of New York - College at Geneseo
  36. Swarthmore College
  37. Texas A&M University
  38. Tufts University
  39. Union College
  40. University of Chicago
  41. University of Connecticut
  42. University of Florida
  43. University of Iowa
  44. University of Maryland - College Park
  45. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
  46. University of Notre Dame
  47. University of Pennsylvania
  48. University of Pittsburgh
  49. University of Rochester
  50. University of South Carolina
  51. University of Virginia
  52. University of Washington
  53. Vanderbilt University
  54. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  55. Wake Forest University
  56. Washington University - St. Louis
  57. Williams College
  58. Yale University

Schools accepting Coalition Application for 2017/2018:

  1. Bates College
  2. Brown University
  3. Colby College
  4. College of New Jersey
  5. Colorado College
  6. Cornell University
  7. Dartmouth College
  8. Florida State University
  9. Franklin and Marshall College
  10. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  11. Georgia Institute of Technology (GeorgiaTech)
  12. Grinnell College
  13. Haverford College
  14. Illinois State University
  15. James Madison University
  16. Miami University - Ohio
  17. Michigan State University
  18. Middlebury College
  19. Mount Holyoke College
  20. Oberlin College
  21. Princeton University
  22. Ramapo College
  23. Skidmore College
  24. Smith College
  25. State University of New York - University at Buffalo
  26. University of Georgia
  27. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
  28. University of Mary Washington
  29. University of Michigan
  30. University of Missouri
  31. University of New Hampshire
  32. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  33. University of Vermont
  34. Vassar College
  35. Wellesley College
  36. Wesleyan University

Pros & Cons


  • New Generation College Application Portal with more features which makes the application process easy.
  • Locker: It is a safe online storage provided to each student who signs up on the portal. Students can store all the documents (resume, transcripts, certificates, writing samples, etc.), audios (audio creations, event audio recordings, etc.), and videos (event video recordings, video creations, etc.). All the items which are stored in the locker are safe and only the student can access them unless the student shares them with counsellors and/or universities.
  • Contacts: Student can invite parents, siblings, teachers, and counsellors and add them to their contacts which can then help the student to put the best application forward.
  • Work Space: It is the area where student can share their documents and other items with their contacts and discuss on making it better thus making the application better.
  • Students can use the "Locker" and "Work Space" even if they are not using The Coalition to submit their application to the colleges.
  • The students can use the locker even after submitting their application to keep all the things together in case they need it in future to apply for scholarships and/or internships.


  • Less number of present member schools.
  • Presently, only few sections of the application are online. The whole application including the college supplemental section is expected to be online by first week of July.
  • The first batch of the applying students are the "Lab Rats", i.e., they are the first one to use this new portal and can experience bugs and technical issues.
  • The technical support is not so good as compared to The Common Application.

Final Opinion

After considering all the factors, I feel that students should definitely use the Locker and the Work Space to put their application together but they should use The Common Application for submitting the application to colleges at least for this year unless your college accepts application only through The Coalition (which is a very very rare case).

Please do write in the comment box below if you have anything to share or want to know about anything specific. Moreover, I'll be more than happy to help you with your college application and/or standardized tests even on a one to-one-basis COMPLETELY FREE OF COST.


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