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Which Schools Use the Coalition Application?

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The Common Application was launched in 1975 with just 15 member schools. But it would take decades before it was widely adopted. Today, however, more than 900 colleges and universities accept the application, streamlining the admissions process for millions of college-bound students every year. 

 

In 2015, an alternative to the Common App was introduced: the Coalition Application. Today, more than 150 schools accept this newer model, and that number is growing.

 

What is the Coalition App? How is it Different?

 

Both the Common App and the Coalition App give students the opportunity to store information and complete and submit applications without having to fill out their data repeatedly. They also allow students to write an essay they can use for all the colleges that accept the application, although many schools require supplemental essays, too.

 

There are some differences between the two applications, however. The Coalition App was created to support underrepresented groups as they apply to college, so the platform only includes schools that offer low-cost tuition and/or substantial financial aid packages. 

 

The Coalition App has several innovative features, such as a collaboration space, where students can work with teachers, mentors, and others to get feedback on their materials. The popular locker feature allows users to save information, collecting materials as early as freshman year of high school. 

 

While far fewer schools accept the Coalition App, there are several that accept it and not the Common App. Some schools accept neither.

 

Complete List of Schools That Use the Coalition App

 

School

City

State

Alfred University

Alfred

NY

Allegheny College

Meadville

PA

American University

Washington

DC

Amherst College

Amherst

MA

Arcadia University

Glenside

PA

Arizona State University

Tempe

AZ

Austin College

Sherman

TX

Babson College

Wellesley

MA

Barnard College

New York

NY

Bates College

Lewiston

ME

Berea College

Berea

KY

Binghamton University

Binghamton

NY

Birmingham-Southern College

Birmingham

AL

Boston University

Boston

MA

Bowdoin College

Brunswick

ME

Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr

PA

Bucknell University

Lewisburg

PA

Caltech

Pasadena

CA

Carleton College

Northfield

MN

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland

OH

Chatham University

Pittsburgh

PA

Christopher Newport University

Newport News

VA

Claremont McKenna College

Claremont

CA

Clemson University

Clemson

SC

Colby College

Waterville

ME

Colgate University

Hamilton

NY

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester

MA

The College of New Jersey

Ewing

NJ

The College of Wooster

Wooster

OH

Colorado College

Colorado Springs

CO

Columbia University

New York

NY

Cornell College

Mount Vernon

IA

Davidson College

Davidson

NC

Denison University

Granville

OH

Drexel University

Philadelphia

PA

Duke University

Durham

NC

Duquesne University

Pittsburgh

PA

Eastern Connecticut State University

Willimantic

CT

Emory University

Atlanta

GA

Florida Southern College

Lakeland

FL

Florida State University

Tallahassee

FL

Franklin & Marshall College

Lancaster

PA

Furman University

Greenville

SC

Hamilton College

Clinton

NY

Harvard University

Cambridge

MA

Harvey Mudd College

Claremont

CA

Haverford College

Haverford

PA

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva

NY

Hope College

Holland

MI

Illinois College

Jacksonville

IL

Illinois State University

Normal

IL

Indiana University Bloomington

Bloomington

IN

James Madison University

Harrisonburg

VA

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore

MD

Kenyon College

Gambier

OH

Knox College

Galesburg

IL

La Salle University

Philadelphia

PA

Lehigh University

Bethlehem

PA

Lewis University

Romeoville

IL

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles

CA

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago

IL

Lycoming College

Williamsport

PA

Maine Maritime Academy

Castine

ME

Manhattan College

Riverdale

NY

Maryland Institute College of Art

Baltimore

MD

Maryville University

Saint Louis

MO

Mercyhurst University

Erie

PA

Miami University – Ohio

Oxford

OH

Michigan State University

East Lansing

MI

Middlebury College

Middlebury

VT

Mississippi State University

Starkville

MS

Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley

MA

NC State University

Raleigh

NC

New England Conservatory of Music

Boston

MA

North Central College

Naperville

IL

Northeastern University

Boston

MA

Northwestern University

Evanston

IL

Oberlin College

Oberlin

OH

Olin College of Engineering

Needham

MA

Otterbein University

Westerville

OH

Penn State

University Park

PA

Pomona College

Claremont

CA

Portland State University

Portland

OR

Presbyterian College

Clinton

SC

Princeton University

Princeton

NJ

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Mahwah

NJ

Reed College

Portland

OR

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy

NY

Rice University

Houston

TX

Robert Morris University

Pittsburgh

PA

Rollins College

Winter Park

FL

Rutgers University – Camden

Camden

NJ

Rutgers University – New Brunswick

New Brunswick

NJ

Rutgers University – Newark

Newark

NJ

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga

CA

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs

NY

Smith College

Northampton

MA

Southern Methodist University

Dallas

TX

Southwestern University

Georgetown

TX

St. Edward’s University

Austin

TX

St. John’s College

Annapolis

MD

St. John’s College

Santa Fe

NM

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s City

MD

St. Mary’s University

San Antonio

TX

St. Olaf College

Northfield

MN

Stanford University

Stanford

CA

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook

NY

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore

PA

Syracuse University

Syracuse

NY

Texas A&M University

College Station

TX

Texas Christian University

Forth Worth

TX

Texas State University

San Marcos

TX

Texas Tech University

Lubbock

TX

Trinity University

San Antonio

TX

Tufts University

Medford

MA

UNC Charlotte

Charlotte

NC

Union College

Schenectady

NY

University at Buffalo

Buffalo

NY

University of Arizona

Tucson

AZ

University of Chicago

Chicago

IL

University of Connecticut

Storrs

CT

University of Dayton

Dayton

OH

University of Delaware

Newark

DE

University of Florida

Gainesville

FL

University of Georgia

Athens

GA

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Honolulu

HI

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana-Champaign

IL

University of Iowa

Iowa City

IA

University of Kentucky

Lexington

KY

University of Maryland

College Park

MD

University of Massachusetts – Lowell

Lowell

MA

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor

MI

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Lincoln

NE

University of New England

Biddeford

NE

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill

NC

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame

IN

University of Oklahoma

Norman

OK

University of Oregon

Eugene

OR

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

PA

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh

PA

University of Richmond

Richmond

VA

University of Rochester

Rochester

NY

University of South Carolina

Columbia

SC

University of South Florida

Tampa

FL

The University of New Mexico

Albuquerque

NM

The University of Tampa

Tampa

FL

University of Texas at Austin

Austin

TX

University of Vermont

Burlington

VT

University of Washington

Seattle

WA

University of Washington Bothell

Bothel

WA

Vanderbilt University

Nashville

TN

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie

NY

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg

VA

Marquette University

Milwaukee

WI

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem

SC

Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis

MO

Webster University

St. Louis

MO

Wellesley College

Wellesley

MA

Wesleyan University

Middletown

CT

Western Washington University

Bellingham

WA

Williams College

Williamstown

MA

Wilkes University

Wilkes Barre

PA

Yale University

New Haven

CT

York College of Pennsylvania

York

PA

 

Can You Use Both the Common App and Coalition App?

 

In most cases, you will only need to use either the Common App or Coalition App, but you may find that some schools on your list only accept one or the other. If that’s the case, then you will have to complete both applications. The good news is that many of the essay prompts overlap, so you may be able to recycle your essays or use similar outlines.

 

For example, take a look at these prompts from the 2022–2023 admissions cycle:

 

Obstacles and lessons

 

Common App prompt #2: The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

 

Coalition App prompt #5: What success have you achieved or obstacle have you faced? What advice would you give a sibling or friend going through a similar experience?

 

Challenging beliefs

 

Common App prompt #3: Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

 

Coalition App prompt #4: Has there been a time when an idea or belief of yours was questioned? How did you respond? What did you learn?

 

Additionally, both applications offer the option of creating your own topic. 

 

See this year’s full lists of essay topics and advice for writing your college essays:

Coalition App

Common App

 

What Are Your Chances of Acceptance?

 

If schools accept both the Common App and the Coalition App, your chances of admission are the same no matter which application you use. Find out your real odds of getting into top schools across the country by using our chancing engine. You’ll also receive free tips on how to improve your profile!

 


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Laura Berlinsky-Schine is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn with her demigod/lab mix Hercules. She specializes in education, technology and career development. She also writes satire and humor, which has appeared in Slackjaw, Points in Case, Little Old Lady Comedy, Jane Austen’s Wastebasket, and Funny-ish. View her work and get in touch at: www.lauraberlinskyschine.com.