Common App

Wednesday Buzz: Education Coalition Wants to Replace the Common App

Education groups take heed: High-ranking colleges and universities are introducing a new application form. Plus: A major change could be in store for Twitter.

Many college graduates no doubt remember stress-filled nights during high school spent wrestling with the Common Application, an undergraduate college admission app used by more than 600 national and international schools. But as early as next January, college-bound high school students may have another option.

The Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success announced a new online form this week designed to replace the Common App.

The organization, composed of more than 80 public and private institutions across the country, aims to use this new tool to simplify the process and even the playing field for students of different socioeconomic backgrounds.

“The college admission process today can be stress-inducing, and we know it can present barriers for all students, especially for those who are the first in their family to attend college,” Zina L. Evans, vice president for enrollment management at the University of Florida, said in a statement.

The new form features three parts: a digital portfolio, a collaboration platform, and an application portal.

The coalition hopes its new online application can streamline the process for students who would otherwise opt out of applying to schools.

“The fact that some highly motivated and well-prepared students do not apply to and enroll in the college they are best suited for is a persistent problem,” Barbara Gill, associate vice president for enrollment management at the University of Maryland, said in a statement. “This coalition is working to mitigate this problem by empowering students from disadvantaged backgrounds to immediately identify a diverse set of schools that are likely to provide considerable financial support and will invest in their academic success.”

Tweet of the Day

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Eli Zimmerman

By Eli Zimmerman

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