The Common Application Addresses Systemic Racism

Over the years, we’ve been quite critical of The Common Application. We’re especially vocal around college admissions deadlines since The Common App. has a history of, well, going down at key moments. As an example, we had a student this past Regular Decision deadline who nearly fainted when the platform … 

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2021-2022 Common Application Going Live

For rising high school seniors, know that The Common Application will go live on August 1st. And what does this mean? It means students can start filling in their applications. Of course, our students are already well underway on their college admissions essays since The Common App. already released the … 

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The Virtue Signaling of The Common Application

When you’re feeling blue about the state of our country and the heinous acts of sedition committed at the United States Capitol this week by a group of domestic terrorists, it seems natural to want to reach out to someone to express your thoughts, right? Well, enter The Common Application, … 

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The Glitches of The Common Application

Over the years, we’ve chided The Common Application for their technical glitches, for asking a question that at times disadvantaged underrepresented minorities, and a whole host of other issues. Well, we’re not done yet. Today, we wish to scold them for, yes, more technical glitches. After all these years, you’d … 

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Common App Needs a Reality Check

It’s not April Fools’ Day. The Common Application announced today that they’ve developed a mobile version of their platform. This way, students can apply to colleges on their phones. Does anyone else see the issue we happen to see? Who on planet earth applies to college on their phones? In … 

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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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