Common Application Merges with Reach Higher

The Common Application, the college application platform with the widest reach, has announced a merger with Reach Higher, a college access initiative begun by former First Lady Michelle Obama. The merger was announced at the annual conference of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, an organization to which Ivy … 

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Universities Show Support for Never Again Movement

Will students who participate in #NeverAgain protests or stage walkouts at their schools in the hope of decreasing gun violence in America face repercussions come the time they apply for admission to colleges? More than 40 schools have said that they most certainly will not face any negative consequences — … 

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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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How to Approach the Personal Statement

How to Write a Great Personal Statement Wondering how to approach the Personal Statement on the Common Application? You’re not alone. So often, folks write in asking for assistance with their “college essay.” It’s something of a pet peeve of ours here at Ivy Coach. There is not one college … 

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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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2017 Common Application

When will the 2017 Common Application go live? 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 … 

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Common App Criminal Question

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. … 

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Common Application Roll Over

High school juniors can now begin working on their Common Applications, not that it’s necessary to start working on it this early. After all, that’s what summer is for. But for this year, accounts created in 2015-2016 will indeed roll over and still work for 2016-2017. So that means the … 

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