This or That: Common App or Coalition

Recorded Monday, April 19 at 10:30 PM

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About this livestream


Applying to college is hard, especially if you’re indecisive. With so many choices to make throughout the admissions process, you might find yourself hung up on which of each is best for you — such as which application to use in the first place.

In this episode of This or That, Shravya will cover all you need to know about the Common App and Coalition App, so you can figure out which is best for you. She'll be stating the similarities and delving into the differences in order to paint a clear picture of the pros and cons of each. She'll also have a Q&A session at the end where you can ask him for personalized admissions advice

Your host

Undergrad College: Rice University '20

Work Experience: During my time at Rice, I mentored dozens of high school students through the college application process, along with editing essays and tutoring students for the ACT/SAT. I also interned at a medical technology startup, conducted research in Brazil, and gave a TEDx talk. I recently finished applying to medical school; I've been admitted to multiple schools, and will be starting in the Fall.

My Admissions Story: I remember feeling very blindsided by the admissions process and not knowing where to begin. I hope that sharing my experiences and some of the things I’ve learned along the way will help guide other students in a similar boat.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Shravya and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
12:38@Payita:Coalition: I found it difficult to report an activity that I have done for years, as it doesn't allow to check but one year. Had to put it in the description.
18:26@Miguel_Angel:What would happen if you apply to the same school with Coalition and Common App?
19:05@Miguel_Angel:Hey, I'm Miguel, do you remember me? I was in the pre-med livestream a few weeks ago :)
19:16@anonymous:WHat is locker in Coalition??
21:19@anonymous:There is no limit for number of schools you can apply to with the Coalition app?
25:10@anonymous:I heard that there is not a limit
25:26@Payita:What happens if I sent an application to a school (Coalition), paid, sent grades through Parchment, says submitted, and the school says it did not receive it? Can I get a refund? From the school or Coalition?
27:13@Payita:Yes, I have kept sending photos of all screenshots to the school. They don't have it.
27:42@Miguel_Angel:Overall, would you say it'd be better to apply with the common app or with Coalition?
29:04@J8II:Why does Coalition not deliver essay to somme schools? e.g. University of Washington.
29:44@bhavyalinga:around how many schools do you recommend applying to?
31:44@J8II:U Washington says Coalition essay will not be sent to them automatically. They requires upload in the application portal
33:04@Miguel_Angel:What happens if I apply and don't get into any school?
35:06@Payita:Can you use Coalition for schools outside the US? Common App allows it.
35:52@anonymous:When did you start applying to schools?
38:28@anonymous:some schools have rolling admissions?
39:14@anonymous:should you use your common app essay for multiple schools?
41:06@Miguel_Angel:[ and] Excuse me, this link doesn't work
41:24@Payita:For fee waivers, it is easier through the Common App, Coalition asks for Fee waiver Codes. Common App fee waiver you just click the fee waiver option.
42:42@anonymous:Can we apply for Canadian schools through common / coalition app?
43:50@Liza:Are recommendation from teachers acceptable for common app, or counselor recommendations are required?
47:07@Payita:Does Coalition have a section for other recommendations (other than teachers) like coaches


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