The University of Chicago is proud to be an inaugural member of the new Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, a consortium of over 90 leading American colleges and universities that is dedicated to making the college search process more accessible for students across the nation.
The suite of free college planning tools is now available, and the Coalition Application opens in July for students applying for entry the following fall.
Why the Coalition May Work for You
The Coalition Application allows students to enter their personal and general application information only once. This information will then automatically populate in all their Coalition applications to various colleges.
The Coalition connects all students, parents, teachers, counselors, and community based organizations with free tools and resources for the college application process. It offers a space in which students can collaborate with mentors helping them through the college application process, offering feedback on whatever materials the student decides to share.
Through a feature called the Locker, students have the opportunity to virtually store materials from their high school experience that may be useful in their college application process. Only students have access to the Locker, but they are able to share any and all materials with counselors or advisors, as well as attach materials to college applications as needed. The Locker provides a space to keep track of their high school progress, and allows students to begin thinking about how their coursework, projects, and extracurricular involvement will matter when they begin applying to college. There's no limits to what can be stored in the Locker, but items students may want to consider adding include a class project, a favorite essay, artwork, a recording of a performance in a play or concert, or a graded senior capstone project.
If you choose to apply through the Coalition Application, you can submit your supplement through either your UChicago account or the Coalition Application.
Different colleges may allow you to complete the personal statement component of the application in different ways. UChicago, for instance, allows students to submit something that they've previously written or created that addresses one of the prompts, which are as follows:
Please respond to one prompt of your choice. Through the personal essay, the committee hopes to learn more about who you are. While you are welcome to craft an original 650-word essay in response to the question, you may also elect to submit something you have previously written, performed, developed, or otherwise created that you feel addresses any of the prompts below. You may use anything you have created in the past four years; your Locker would be a great place to find examples! We will give equal consideration to all questions and methods of response.
- Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
- Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenge and rewards of making your contribution.
- Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
- What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
- Submit an essay on a topic of your choice or a graded course paper from 11th or 12th grade including instructor comments.
If you submit a graded paper for Option 5 or in response to any other question, we understand that the original assignment may have exceeded our suggested 650-word limit. We will consider graded papers of up to 5 pages including instructor comments.