From the Vice Provost
The Coalition Application
As a member of the new Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, Purdue will now have two application options for future freshmen and transfer students. Beginning August 1, students will be able to apply to Purdue using either the Coalition Application or Common Application.
The Coalition and Common applications are similar in that students can complete one application and use it to apply to multiple institutions. In addition, they both allow institutions to ask unique questions the individual institutions need for application review but which aren’t included within the standard form.
There are also some differences:
The Common Application has about 600 member institutions while the Coalition Application has about 90. Each includes member institutions that use the respective application exclusively.
With the Common Application, counselors at Naviance Schools can submit transcripts and other required documents to universities directly through Naviance. With the Coalition Application, schools may provide documents as they do now for non-Common App schools or they can upload electronic documents to the student’s account in a virtual “sealed envelope,” which the student can then submit electronically to the institutions of their choice.
The Coalition Application includes a virtual “locker,” a private storage area where students can save any material they think might be helpful to them when they’re ready to apply for college – papers, artwork, projects, videos, music, etc. They can also share individual items in their locker with trusted mentors, counselors or others from whom they want personal guidance or feedback. With the Coalition Application, students can begin establishing their online profile and using the virtual locker as early as 9th grade.
Our commitment to affordability and accessibility is one of the reasons we became a Coalition school. Private institution members commit to meeting full, demonstrated need. Public institutions, like Purdue, commit to providing need-based aid and keeping costs affordable for state residents.
Another reason is to provide options – for you, your students and Purdue. We joined The Common Application the very year that organization transitioned to a new platform. As many of you know, unexpected technical issues with their transition created significant challenges for students, school/independent counselors and universities. With two applications, should one experience any kind of issue, we all have options so that we can avoid a repeat of that difficult year.
We advise students to select the application that works best for them based on the schools to which they plan to apply.
You may be aware that Coalition resources are now available for you and your students. The Coalition website includes easy-to-use videos and tutorials for school administrators as well as a “how-it-works” video for students. Students may begin to create an online profile and add material to their locker now. If they choose to, they can use their locker as storage for future college planning whether or not they ever use the Coalition App to apply to colleges.
As always, I and my staff stand ready to help you, your students and their families with anything you might need to facilitate the college search and application process.
I wish you all the best for whatever your summer plans may be.
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management