UT-Austin Now Accepts the Coalition Application
Founded in 2015 by a consortium of public and private universities across the United States, it's mission is "to support lower-income, under-resourced, and/or first-generation students; to provide responsible financial aid; and to bolster students' success in college."
UT-Austin has been increasing their efforts to recruit, providing funding for, and retain students from non-college going communities. Joining the Coalition Application helps in these recruitment efforts.
Texas A&M joined the Coalition Application for Access, Affordability, and Success last admissions cycle. There are now over 140 universities that accept Coalition. Members include the University of Virginia, Michigan, Washington, Georgia Tech, Rice, and the Ivy League.
The Coalition Application may be preferable for students who are applying to universities nationwide or if UT-Austin and/or Texas A&M are the only Texas universities that they are applying. Many applicants also choose to repurpose their Apply Texas Essay A or their Coalition Application Essay for any Common Application schools they are applying.
One significant way that the Coalition Application differs from Apply Texas or the Common Application is that students can access, submit documents, and begin building their application starting their freshman year of high school.
Submitting the Coalition Application does not confer any admissions advantage. No preference is given to either application.
It merely gives applicants more options. For most students, submitting Apply Texas may suit them better if they're applying to schools mostly in Texas.
First-time freshman applicants are still required to submit the three short answer essays in addition to one longer essay from either Apply Texas Essay A or the Coalition Application options.
I will provide more posts with tips on the essays, ways that the Coalition Application can decrease your application stress, and how the Coalition Application can help students prepare for college admissions prior to their senior year.