The Legal Challenge to the Common Application

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Ivy Coach’s crystal ball strikes again! This isn’t a photo of our crystal ball. We keep ours under lock and key.

The Common Application, the platform of choice for the vast majority of students applying to college across America, is under legal fire. And we can’t say we didn’t see it coming as Ivy Coach’s famous crystal ball predicted a legal challenge to the Common Application years ago. Read more >

Differences Between Common Application and Coalition Application

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Learn some key differences between the Common App. and the Coalition App.

Wondering about some of the specific differences between the Common Application and the Coalition Application? Wonder no more. While yesterday we discussed the difference between the Common Application and Coalition Application with respect to the number of subscribing colleges to the two platforms, today let’s take a deep dive into some of the pluses and minuses of the two applications. Read more >

Common Application vs. Coalition Application Numbers

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Ivy Coach is cited in today’s “Daily Pennsylvanian,” the newspaper of UPenn.

While the Coalition Application is gaining ground on the Common Application by increasing the number of subscribing colleges, the’ve got a lot of ground left to cover. Currently, 750 colleges subscribe to the Common Application while the Coalition Application has only 132 member institutions. Read more >

3 Common Mistakes on College Applications

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Many students make similar mistakes on their college applications, like bragging.

There’s a piece up on “US News & World Report” that discusses several reasons why applicants to highly selective colleges are often denied admission. As cited in the piece by Briana Boyington, such reasons can include the application being incomplete, the school not being a good fit for the student, the applicant’s grades and scores falling below a certain threshold, the demand being greater than the supply, or the applicant’s behavioral issues. Read more >

Common Application Is Now Live

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The Common Application for the 2017-2018 admissions cycle is now live.

The Common Application is now live, the Common Application is now live! The Redcoats are coming, the Redcoats are coming! The Common Application went live on this first day of August 2017 and lo and behold, there are some glitches. Read more >

2017 Common Application

When will the 2017 Common Application go live?

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The 2017 Common Application will be going live on August 1.

August 1, 2017. The 2017 Common Application will unveil at the beginning of August, with a refresh beginning on July 24th. So don’t be concerned between those two dates if you can’t access the Common Application since it will be offline, undergoing important updates. Read more >

Common App Criminal Question

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A piece up on “USA Today College” highlights the controversy surrounding the Common Application asking college applicants if they’ve committed crimes.

We’ve written in the past about the controversy surrounding questions pertaining to a student’s criminal record that appear on the Common Application. Many folks believe these questions should be removed, that they unfairly disadvantage college applicants who may have committed a crime in their past but have since sought redemption. Read more >

Yale and Coalition Application

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A piece in “The Yale Daily News” highlights how few students applied to Yale this year with the Coalition application — and how even those low numbers were largely fueled by Florida applicants.

There’s a piece in “The Yale Daily News” by Luke Ciancarelli entitled “317 apply to Yale through Coalition App” that highlights how few students chose to use the Coalition application to apply to Yale University for the Class of 2021. Read more >

2017-2018 Common App Changes

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There will be a few changes to the 2017-2018 Common Application (photo credit: Daderot).

We previously reported on the change to the Common Application Personal Statement prompt for the 2017-2018 college admissions cycle. Common App. decided to bring back the “topic of your choice” prompt. We’re still applauding. It was the right move, Common App. Read more >

2017-2018 Common App Essay Prompts

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Ivy Coach salutes the Common Application for going with a throwback for the 2017-2018 Common App. essay prompts — the topic of your choice essay prompt.

The 2017-2018 Common App. essay prompts are hot off the presses and we’ve got them for our readers. We have long lobbied the Common Application to bring back the essay prompt that asks college applicants to write about a topic of their choice. Read more >


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