U of M Joins Coalition to Improve Admission Process

December 18, 2015
A young female student smiles

A diverse coalition of more than 80 public and private colleges and universities, including the University of Minnesota, is coming together to improve the college admission application process for all students.

The coalition is developing a free platform of online tools to streamline the experience of planning for and applying to college. The platform tools will be available to freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school beginning in January 2016.

In creating the platform, these colleges and universities hope to recast the college admission process from something that is transactional and limited in time into a more engaged, ongoing, and educationally reaffirming experience. They also hope to motivate a stronger college-­going mindset among students of all backgrounds, especially those from low­‐income families or underrepresented groups who have historically had less access to leading colleges and universities.

“The University of Minnesota is proud to participate in the coalition with a group of incredible, student-­centered colleges and universities across the country—institutions with a shared focus on access to higher education and student success,” says Rachelle Hernandez, associate vice provost for enrollment management and director of admissions. “Our life's work is to educate student scholars and help them achieve their dreams. The coalition seeks to take that work to the next level, and we couldn't be more excited.”

Additional details about the application process enabled by the platform will be announced before summer of 2016. More information can be found at coalitionforcollegeaccess.org.