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. If you’re wondering what percentage of applicants applied to the New Haven-based school through the Coalition application, that figure stands at a mere 1%. That’s right. 1%. So, no, Common App. isn’t exactly fretting about the “insurgent” Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success application.
Many would view this 1% figure to be disappointing to the Yale admissions office, particularly since Yale’s Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Jeremiah Quinlan is a member of the Board of Directors of The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success and a highly vocal supporter of the merits of the Coalition application. Regular readers of our college admissions blog know that we have been quite critical of the shortsighted Coalition application — an application that was released with the best of intentions but was, well, half-baked at best. And we very vocally predicted its failure.
So, in spite of the spin attempt by the executive director of the Coalition, Annie Reznik, when she states to “The Yale Daily News,” “It’s a great start. We know that there will be more students using the Coalition application next year simply by virtue of adding more schools who will accept the application,” the data says otherwise. A great start? Not so much. It’s a wonderful thing to try to expand access to college, to try to make it easier for high school students to apply to colleges. We fully support this mission. The thing is — while that’s the objective, the mission of the Coalition for Education, their application, in our humble opinion, seems to make applying to college only more difficult and more restrictive. The irony indeed.