Navigating the Many College Application Systems

By: Texas OnCourse
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The various college application systems each have unique characteristics that that can make it hard for even the most seasoned counselor to quickly and easily remember specific details --  which applications, for instance, offer an Early Decision option, or which accept all materials electronically.

Fortunately, Texas OnCourse has put together a one page resource you can hang in your classroom to make it easy to remember. Some quick summaries of what each application specializes in:

  • Apply Texas
    Used for all Texas public colleges and universities and some private.
  • Coalition App
    Focused on making the college application process accessible to low- income and first- generation college students.
  • Common App
    Accepted by the most schools, the Common App is used by many public and private universities nationwide. It serves colleges with a holistic application review process.
  • Universal App
    Like the Common App, the Universal App serves schools nationwide. However, unlike the Common App, the Universal App serves accredited schools with a variety of admissions review styles.

See below for a number of key differences between these 4 useful applications.