Ethnic Background Subcategories on the Common Application

The Asian American Coalition for Education has in the past filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Education to probe the admissions practices at certain Ivy League schools, including Yale University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, and most famously Harvard University. It is the AACE’s complaint filed with the Departments of … 

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CollegeNet’s Challenge to Common App.

As our United States Justice Department sues to try to block the AT&T / Time Warner merger, we thought we’d revisit our discussion of the lawsuit brought by CollegeNet, the maker of the Coalition application platform, against the Common Application. CollegeNet has been involved in a legal battle with the … 

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The Common App Goes Down Again

Here we go again. It seems like déjà vu — as thousands upon thousands of students were just about ready to click ‘submit’ on their Early Decision and Early Action applications less than two days before the looming deadline, the Common Application went down. The Common Application cited “technical difficulties” as … 

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The Legal Challenge to the Common Application

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. In fact, in … 

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The Importance of Not Bragging on the College Application

Bragging in the highly selective college admissions process can have disastrous implications. The funny thing is that most students and their parents don’t even realize when it is that they’re bragging. Maybe it’s touting an accomplishment in the Personal Statement or in a supplemental essay for a given college. Maybe … 

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Differences Between Common Application and Coalition Application

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 … 

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Common Application vs. Coalition Application Numbers

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. Of these 132 members, 113 schools … 

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Georgetown Needs a New Application Platform

There are currently 750 colleges that subscribe to the Common Application. Georgetown University, however, is not among these colleges. And that’s absolutely fine. No college should have to join the Common Application. If a school wants to have its own individual application, we’re all for it. As we’ve expressed many … 

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3 Common Mistakes on College Applications

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, … 

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Common Application 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. For those who don’t follow the college admissions process year … 

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