2018-2019 Common Application Essay Prompts

The Common Application, the college application with a subscriber base of over 700 colleges and universities, has announced its essay prompts for the 2018-2019 admissions cycle. The seven prompts for the Personal Statement will remain the same as the essay prompts from the 2017-2018 admissions cycle. This announcement by Common … 

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Maryland Bans the Box in College Admissions

Should colleges be allowed to ask applicants if they’ve ever been convicted of a crime? Should they be allowed to ask applicants if they’ve ever been arrested? Should they be allowed to ask applicants for details on any convictions or arrests? These are questions that have been up for debate … 

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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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