For any rising senior, choosing from the vast array of colleges may prove to be an intimidating task. This is especially true given the various portals available for students to submit their applications through. Incoming seniors should be aware of these four different types of online platforms.
1) The Common Application:
This is the most well-known application, as students have the option to pick from nearly 700 schools. It is also very simple to use – you create your account and fill out general profile information, search for and add colleges to your list on a clear dashboard, and have access to a database listing the different requirements for each school. Going forward, you fill out your applications for the schools of your choosing, and complete the supplemental essays that vary for each school, as well as craft a single essay that will be sent to all schools. Overall, it is a process that is very easy to follow.
2) The Coalition Application:
This platform allows students to ease into the college application process starting in their early high school years. Instead of dealing with this stressful period in an abrupt fashion, students are encouraged to shape their profile through a locker, collaboration space, and application portal. In the locker, students can store documents, records, and other resources that may be later useful in their submissions. Although one downside is that the number of schools available to apply to pales in comparison to the number of schools available through the Common App, the Coalition App is distinct because of its feature that allows application fees to be waived for lower-income families.
3) The Universal College Application:
This application platform is the most modest compared to the previous two. It is very similar to the Common Application, with the only distinction being that the schools available have to uphold the Statement of Principles of Good Practice. This is why the number of schools available to apply to through this portal is minimal.
4) State School Application:
This refers to large state schools that cannot be applied to through any of the above platforms. One prominent example is the University of California system, in which all 10 of its undergraduate campuses can be applied to through a distinct portal. In this case, students are required to submit two essays for all 10 campuses, as well as other information relevant to UC requirements. Even though two essays are only needed, each campuses still requires a separate application fee.