This fall, the University of Florida will open its undergraduate application cycle using a new common application platform. As a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, UF stands with more than 90 other higher education institutions across the U.S. committed to a more affordable and accessible college experience for students.
Coalition members strive to provide students and their supporters (such as parents, guidance counselors, mentors and community-based organizations) with some important tools for a successful start to college, creating an easier, less stressful college application process. In particular, Coalition institutions aim to increase awareness among under-resourced students (low-income, underrepresented and first-generation) and remove some of the barriers traditionally confronting them.
How will Coalition work?
In partnership with CollegeNET and with input from counselors, the Coalition has developed a platform of free tools and resources that are easy and intuitive to use. U.S. and international students will be able to utilize these tools this summer when the Coalition releases its platform. After setting up free Coalition accounts, students can create a profile of commonly requested personal and demographic information.
With the platform’s Locker feature, students can upload, organize and work on college essays, videos, audio files and other documents that showcase their academic records and interests. Counselors, parents and other mentors also will be able to create free accounts. Through a collaboration function, students can share access to any of their private locker items with particular supporters and obtain guidance and feedback on those items prior to finalizing them for submission.
Additionally, the Coalition platform will enable students to develop a list of schools in which they might be interested. Links to these institutions will provide students with direct access to school websites, options for requesting additional information and the ability to submit an admissions application. Students can load their previously recorded profile into school applications and attach required files. Students then can respond to college-specific questions and pay their application fees. The Coalition expects these features to ease the application process, facilitate access to more school options and, ultimately, produce more successful application submissions.
How will the implementation of Coalition affect COMPASS?
UF reopens its application process for new freshmen in August, and the Office of Admissions looks forward to getting into the new platform. For the 2016-17 undergraduate and transfer application review and evaluation period, UF will continue to load application information into the current student information system. However, as COMPASS-CRM and COMPASS-SIS implementations proceed, UF will transition to loading application information into those new systems.
Stay tuned to Update for additional news on the Coalition application implementation and its integration with COMPASS components.