When the University of Florida opened its undergraduate application cycle to prospective freshmen in August 2016, it premiered a new consortium application through the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success. Among 52 colleges and universities to accept freshman applications through the Coalition for the first time this fall, UF is the only school using the Coalition application exclusively. The Coalition application is one of several advances that UF is developing and implementing through the Campus-wide Modernization Program to Advance Student Services (COMPASS).
A dedicated team of 14 from UF’s Office of Admissions and UFIT worked diligently over six months to make UF’s timely and successful debut of the Coalition application possible. According to Morgan Vollrath, assistant director for data management and systems support in Admissions, 8932 students had applied to UF using the new application as of October 18. This number marked an increase of 1,975 applications—or 28 percent—received by that time last year. At that pace, UF might expect a record number by the November 1 application deadline.
As a member of the Coalition, 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. As Andrea Felder, director of freshman and international admissions said, “We are pleased to join a group of both public and private universities that is committed to providing students with the best possible college experience, beginning with the college application process.”
Coalition members strive to provide students and their supporters (such as parents, 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. The Coalition expects its features to ease the application process, facilitate access to more school options and, ultimately, produce more successful application submissions.