how to apply to college

Here’s a quick quiz for you. Let’s say that you’re applying to five colleges using the Common Application. Each college requires one main personal statement along with two additional supplemental essays. And let’s say you’re also applying to one college on the Coalition Application, one college on the University of California application, one college on the ApplyTexas application, and one college that uses its own school-specific application. How many essays will you need to write in all?

Whether you’re applying to 1, 10, or 20 colleges, identifying essay questions is often the first step to completing your college applications. But with so many application platforms available today, how can you be sure that you’ve located all of the essays you’ll be required to write? Introducing AppView™ by College Coach®, which lets students easily see the essay questions and application deadlines for all of their favorite* schools.

AppView by College Coach

Simply click the AppView link on the College Coach homepage and enter the names of up to five colleges. You will then receive an email from College Coach listing the 2017-18 essay prompts and deadlines for each of those schools. (Feel free to repeat this process as many times as you’d like!) In addition to all required essay questions, AppView also highlights optional essays as well as select honors and/or scholarship essay questions. And unlike some hard-to-find essay questions on the Common App, which may appear only after you’ve selected a particular term of study or academic major, all of a college’s essay questions on AppView are visible, allowing students to see all possible essay prompts at a single glance.

Curious about the answer to the quiz above? Like so many questions about college admissions, the answer is: it depends! Some colleges ask identical supplemental essay questions, which may lower your overall essay count. (Fifteen colleges featured on AppView—including Harvard, Loyola University Maryland, and Purdue—ask students to “please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.”) The easiest way to compare all of your essay requirements and spot potential overlaps is to use AppView. So check it out now, and enjoy!

* Although College Coach students have been accepted to more than 600 different colleges and universities around the world, we’ve narrowed down that list to the 225 most popular schools for AppView. Don’t see your favorite school included on AppView? Simply email us at and we’d be happy to add it for you.


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.