Introduction to US Education

Occam Guide to College Application Platforms



The college applications process is a long and often complicated one. Once you have
chosen which schools you want to apply to you’ll want to start on your applications immediately. If you want help keeping track of all your deadlines and application-related to-dos, there’s an app for that: Occam’s VitaeMe app (download here for iOS and Android) will allow you to select your schools and keep track of what you need to do to get your applications done well and in on time! 

So, how to apply?

These days, most universities are moving away from having their own applications. Some of the larger state schools, like the University of Alabama, and some of the more prestigious schools, like Georgetown and MIT, still use their own specific applications, but the general trend is for universities to accept a shared application that allows students to fill out certain sections once, and then allows universities to add additional college-specific questions and essays. You may know of at least one of these shared applications, the Common App. There are however others and in this post we’ll go through several of the main shared application offerings and how they compare to each other. 

US College Application Programs: The Coalition Application

The process of applying to American universities is fairly streamlined. Many university applications are similar, which makes life much easier for families and for students. The process, however, still can be a lot to manage, which is why Occam Education created Vitae Me (download here for iOS and Android), the app that will keep you organized and on track during the college application process. The second article in this blog series will discuss one of the three of the most common applications used by colleges and universities in the US:

US College Application Programs: The University of California Application 

The process of applying to American universities is fairly streamlined. Many university applications are similar, which makes life easier for families and for students. The college admissions process, however, still can be a lot to manage, which is why Occam Education created VitaeMe (download here for iOS and Android), the app that will keep your applications organized and on track. This last article in the blog series will discuss The University of California Application, which is used to apply to nine University of California schools: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz. 

US College Application Programs: The Common Application

The process of applying to American universities is fairly streamlined. Many university applications are similar, which makes life much easier for families and for students. The process, however, still can be a lot to manage, which is why Occam Education created VitaeMe (download here for iOS and Android), the app that will keep you organized and on track during the college application process. The first article in this blog series will discuss one of the  three of the most common applications used by colleges and universities in the US:

The Common Application. 

This application, which is used by nearly 700 schools, is the largest application of its kind. Prestigious institutions like Johns Hopkins and NYU use this application, as well as some smaller, private institutions like Pepperdine University in California. This one is fairly predictable, even though not all schools will require the same things. For instance, some schools require the student to answer some questions about themselves, while others do not.

What To Expect on The Common App

The main section is a basic application that all schools the student applies to through the portal will see, and it includes the following sections:

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