More schools join movement to make applying to college easier High schools routinely host application events hoping to give all students a shot at college. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
More schools join movement to make applying to college easier
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More than 80 colleges are creating a website where students will be able to apply to dozens of them and get help along the way.
 
Some of the top names in higher education are joining the effort. The group is called the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success. Its goal is to make the application process easier, especially for minority and low-income students.
 
The website gives students one place to send their applications. It also gives them tools to get started years in advance. On the site, students will be able to request advice from college admissions offices. And, they can create digital portfolios with the help of their teachers and counselors.
 
Members of the coalition include private universities such as Harvard and Stanford and public counterparts such as the University of Virginia and Ohio State University.
 
The colleges came together to fix a problem that researchers have noted for years. Often, complex admissions processes deter students from applying. Many who come from low-income families can't afford the counselors and classes within reach of their wealthier peers.
 
High schools, for example, can already buy software to help counselors track their students through the application process. But many can't afford it.
 
"This is a free tool that will be open to counselors in those types of schools and even in community-based organizations," said Zina Evans. She is vice president for enrollment management at the University of Florida. The school is a member of the coalition.
 
The website is one more in a series of attempts to improve application rates nationwide. More than 600 colleges now accept the standardized Common Application. Many offer waivers for application fees. High schools routinely host application events hoping to give all students a shot at college.
 
Last year, the White House called on schools to step up their efforts to get students into college and on track to degrees. The schools in the coalition have individually tried many different approaches to address the challenges. This is according to Jeremiah Quinlan, dean of undergraduate admissions at Yale University.
 
"We have come to the conclusion that we can have a much bigger impact on student access and completion if we work together," Quinlan said.
 
Unlike the Common Application, which aims to create a uniform process among schools, the new website aims to help students dive deeper into many distinct applications. It will give them a place to store their checklists and essays and invite anyone to provide feedback and editing.
 
Each college will have its own portal where students can submit applications. But they'll all be accessible through the same site. The portfolio tool will let students add any extra information they want. Artists can include samples of their work and musicians can link to performance videos.
 
Colleges said they envision students using the website as early as their freshman year of high school. Some colleges will let students start applying through the website next summer.

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COMMENTS (19)
  • vemaurionp-orv
    10/06/2015 - 01:19 p.m.

    i think that's cool that more than 80 colleges are making a website so it can be easier for people to get in college

  • maxwellc-3-bar
    10/09/2015 - 10:03 p.m.

    This website allows low-income students to be given the same accessibility to help looking for the right school, sending as many applications as they want, and also gives them the ability to "request advice from college admissions offices. And, they can create digital portfolios with the help of their teachers and counselors." They can get help without having to apply extensive amounts of money, stress, and time to the effort of applying for school. I think this shows exactly how cooperation supersedes or overrules the borders of the number of incomes and even countries so that education can be focused on. After all, the world doesn't need more wars, it needs more brilliant minds to make it a better and more communicative place.

  • caitlynk-2-bar
    10/11/2015 - 09:07 p.m.

    This website helps lower-income students by allowing them to lean the application process with out hiring someone with money they don't have. This article interested me because it says in the article that it is incoraging people to go to the website their freshman year in high school and next year I am going to be in high school. I was surprised by this article because I can't believe over 600 colleges accepted the standardized Common Application.

  • mattv-fel
    10/26/2015 - 02:12 p.m.

    The website makes it possible to refer for counselors online instead of paying to meet in real life. So, it is of no cost to them.

  • hollyk-fel
    10/26/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    This website helps students with lower-income because they can get help without a lot of extra money.Also it can help those students find a school right for there budget.

  • garretta-fel
    10/26/2015 - 02:14 p.m.

    This website will help lower-income students by allowing them to prepare for college years in advance,this tool is also free which helps because lower-income students would not be able to afford some tools for college preparation.

  • elizabetht-fel
    10/26/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    This helps lower-income students to be given the same accessibility to help them look for the right school. They'll be able to request advice, make digital portfolios, and much more. They can get help without having to apply extensive amounts of money, stress, time, and effort to apply to school.

  • travisb-fel
    10/26/2015 - 02:15 p.m.

    This website allows low income students the accessibility when looking for a school as students with high income.

  • helenaw-fel
    10/26/2015 - 02:16 p.m.

    This website helps lower income students because it gives them access to an affordable way to have help applying to college.

  • hannaha-fel
    10/26/2015 - 02:17 p.m.

    This website helps lower-income students because the students who come from these families can't afford counselors or classes.

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