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Which Schools Use the Coalition Application? Complete List

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Oct 9, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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Ah, October. The changing of the leaves, the onset of autumn allergies...and the knowledge for high school seniors that slowly but surely, college application deadlines are drawing ever nearer.

If you're applying to schools in the U.S., you've probably heard of the Common App before, but you may not know about the relatively new Coalition Application.

The Coalition Application works pretty much the same way as the Common App—it's an online application that you only have to fill out once (aside from supplements for certain schools). This centralized application system is a big time saver if you're applying to multiple Coalition Application schools.

To help you figure out if you can use the Coalition Application for the schools on your college wishlist, we've listed all the current Coalition Application schools in this article, broken down by state.

 

What Is the Coalition Application?

The Coalition Application is a centralized college application, first pioneered in 2016 by the Coalition for College Access, Affordability, and Success (often just referred to as the Coalition for College Access).

For colleges to use the Coalition Application, they must meet the following criteria:

  • Be open to students of different cultural, socio-economic, and geographic backgrounds
  • Have low or no-debt financial aid, meet full demonstrated need, or offer in-state tuition
  • Have high graduation rates (for low-income and under-represented students as well as overall)

Almost all schools that are Coalition for College Access members allow students to use the Coalition Application to apply for admission. (The exception are schools like Illinois State University, which is still in the process of transferring over its application system as of October 2018.)

What this means for you as an applicant is that instead of having to fill out separate applications for each school, you can instead fill out one central application (the Coalition Application) and submit it to whatever Coalition schools you want to apply to.

In addition, because of the eligibility criteria schools have to meet to use the Coalition App, you can be at least somewhat assured that you're likely to graduate and that when you do, you won't be carting along a boatload full of student loan debt. 

However, just because schools accept the Coalition Application doesn't mean that you can apply to dozens of schools with just one click.

Many of the Coalition schools have application supplements you have to submit, which can be anything from a couple of informational questions answered with a drop-down menu to multiple additional essays. Plus, each school has its own application fee (although the Coalition Application does allow eligible low-income students and U.S. armed forces vets or active members to waive this fee).

 

body_easytowaivefeesWhen you stare into the eyes of the piggy bank, the piggy bank stares back also. Luckily, the Coalition app makes it easy to waive fees if you're eligible—no need to trouble Mr. Waddles.

 

Who Uses the Coalition Application?

More than 140 schools use the Coalition Application, including colleges in 35 states and Washington, DC. 

Because of the Coalition for College Access's commitment to affordability, there is a mix of both public and private schools who use the Coalition Application, including schools in the University of Washington (WA), Rutgers (NJ), and SUNY (NY) systems.

Public schools on the list tend to offer free or low-cost in-state tuition, while private schools offer loan-free (or no-loan) financial aid or aid that fully meets demonstrated need.

The requirement that students at Coalition colleges have high graduation rates (for low income and under-represented students in particular) means that schools that accept the Coalition Application tend both to be strong academically and offer a good support system for their students.

Interestingly, there are 23 schools who accept the Coalition Application but don't accept the Common App:

School Name State
Clemson University SC
Elon University NC
James Madison University VA
Loyola Marymount University CA
North Central College IL
Rutgers University—Camden NJ
Rutgers University—New Brunswick NJ
Rutgers University—Newark NJ
St. Mary’s University TX
Texas A&M University TX
The University of New Mexico NM
The University of Texas at Austin TX
University of Florida FL
University of Georgia GA
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign IL
University of Maryland—College Park MD
University of Montana MT
University of Oklahoma OK
University of South Carolina SC
University of South Florida FL
University of Washington—Bothell WA
University of Washington—Seattle WA
Virginia Tech VA

 

The majority of schools in the table above are public universities who have their own application system in addition to the Coalition Application. Being able to apply to these public schools through a centralized application system like the Coalition Application is a huge boon to students who aren't exclusively applying to schools in the same university system.

Finally, the Coalition Application is accepted by the following highly selective colleges and universities:

 

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Complete List of Coalition Application Schools

And now, for the moment you've been waiting for: a list of all the schools that accept the Coalition Application

Currently, 147 schools (all in the United States) accept the Coalition Application, but we'll be sure to keep this blog post updated with any changes.

The following list is organized alphabetically by state. If you want to find out if a specific school uses the coalition app, you can search this page for it using ctrl + F.

 

Arizona

Arizona State University
University of Arizona

 

California

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
Claremont McKenna College
Harvey Mudd College
Loyola Marymount University
Pomona College
Stanford University

 

Colorado

Colorado College

 

Connecticut

University of Connecticut
Wesleyan University
Yale University

 

Washington, DC

American University

 

Delaware

University of Delaware

 

Florida

Florida Southern College
Florida State University
Rollins College
Stetson University
University of Florida
University of South Florida
University of Tampa

 

body_rollinscollegeWhen I look at this picture of the Rollins College campus, I don't at all regret going to college in New England. Not one bit. Especially not in December-March. Katy Warner/Flickr.

 

Georgia

Emory University
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
University of Georgia

 

Illinois

Illinois State University (pending)
Knox College
North Central College
Northwestern University
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Indiana

Depauw University
Indiana University—Bloomington
Purdue University
University of Notre Dame

 

Iowa

University of Iowa

 

Kentucky

University of Kentucky

 

Maine

Bates Colleges
Bowdoin College
Colby College

 

body_bowdoinpolarbearThe Bowdoin Bear not only serves as a memorial to Bowdoin alum and North Pole discoverer Admiral Peary—it also serves as a warning to prospective students of what Maine winters are like. Seth Glickman/Flickr.

 

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University
Loyola University Maryland
St John's College
University of Maryland—College Park

 

Massachusetts

Amherst College
Babson College
Boston University
College of the Holy Cross
Harvard University
Mount Holyoke College
Northeastern University
Franklin W. Olin College Of Engineering
Simmons College
Smith College
Tufts University
Wellesley College
Williams College

 

Michigan

Michigan State University
University of Michigan

 

Minnesota

Carleton College
St. Olaf College
University of Minnesota—Twin Cities

 

Missouri

University of Missouri
Washington University in St. Louis

 

Montana

University of Montana

 

New Hampshire

Dartmouth College
University of New Hampshire

 

New Jersey

Drew University
Princeton University
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Rutgers University—Camden
Rutgers University—New Brunswick
Rutgers University—Newark
The College of New Jersey

 

New Mexico

The University of New Mexico

 

New York

Adelphi University
Barnard College
Colgate University
Columbia University
Hamilton College
Manhattan College
Marist College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Skidmore College
Stony Brook University
SUNY Albany (University at Albany)
SUNY Binghamton (Binghamton University)
SUNY Buffalo (University at Buffalo)
SUNY Geneseo
Union College
University of Rochester
Vassar College

 

North Carolina

Davidson College
Duke University
Elon University
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Wake Forest University

 

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Ohio

Case Western Reserve University
Denison University
Kenyon College
Miami University—Ohio
Oberlin College
The College of Wooster
The Ohio State University
University of Dayton

 

Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

 

Oregon

Reed College
University of Oregon

 

Pennsylvania

Allegheny College
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Franklin & Marshall College
Haverford College
Juniata College
La Salle University
Lycoming College
Mercyhurst University
Penn State—University Park
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Ursinus College

 

body_upennriepeRiepe College, University of Pennsylvania. Chris Potako/Flickr.

 

Rhode Island

Brown University

 

South Carolina

Clemson University
University of South Carolina

 

Tennessee

Vanderbilt University

 

Texas

Rice University
Southern Methodist University
St. Mary’s University
Texas A&M University
The University of Texas at Austin
Trinity University

 

Vermont

Middlebury College
Saint Michael's College
University of Vermont

 

Virginia

James Madison University
Sweet Briar College
University of Mary Washington
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
Virginia Tech
College of William & Mary

 

Washington

University of Washington—Bothell
University of Washington—Seattle

Wisconsin

Beloit College
Carroll University

 

body_beloitcollegeBuh-loyt? Bell-wah? Below-it? Only one way to find out: visit! (NB: not actually the only way.)  Robin Zebrowski/Flickr.

 

What's Next?

The Coalition App isn't the only centralized application system in town. Find out which schools use the Common Application and which schools use the Universal College Application.

Should you use the Common App or the Coalition App to apply to college? Our expert guide breaks down the pros and cons of each system.

What about schools that aren't on either the Coalition or Common Application? We have specialized guides to popular schools that fit into that category, including Georgetown, ApplyTexas schools, and the University of California system.

Application systems aside, how do you figure out what colleges belong on your wishlist to begin with? Learn more about how to figure out what colleges you should apply to here.

 

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Laura Staffaroni
About the Author

Laura graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Music and Psychology, and earned a Master's degree in Composition from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She scored 99 percentile scores on the SAT and GRE and loves advising students on how to excel in high school.



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