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The Full Guide to First-Year Applications with Scoir

For students whose high schools don't use Scoir and for international students.


Getting Started

What is Scoir

As the college Admissions Network, Scoir brings your whole support team together on one platform, helping you identify your talents, find your college fit, and apply with confidence. Your data is yours; we don't sell personally identifiable information (PII) so you stay in control.

Who this guide is for

If you’re a student whose high school doesn't use Scoir or if you're an international student, this guide is for you. We’ll walk you through the process of applying with Scoir as a first-time college applicant, along with some best practices for making the most of the Network. 


Aren't sure if you're in the right place?

If your high school uses Scoir, check out this guide instead!
If you're a transfer student, check out this guide!


Create Your Account

Since your high school isn't on Scoir, the first thing you'll need to do is create a free account. You can create your account by heading to app.scoir.com and following these instructions.


International students only: Sign up for your Scoir account here!



Not totally sure if your school is on Scoir?

No problem! When you create an account, you'll have the option to search for your high school. If it's on Scoir, you can link your account to collaborate with your counselor. If not, the rest of this guide is for you. Keep going!

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Why is it important to confirm this info?

When you're ready to begin applying to colleges with Scoir, the following information in My Profile will be used to pre-populate your Application Profile:

  • Personal info

  • Family info

  • College and high school info

  • Test scores (where applicable)

circle-info  Don't worry! You'll have the opportunity to edit this information before submitting any college applications.


Complete Your Profile

  • Go to My Profile from the top menu

  • Add your personal details and academic overview

  • Add your activities, achievements, and a personal bio


Discover Colleges

When it comes to discovering colleges, you have options!

  • Go to the Discover page and add a few preferences

    • Preferences help customize your experience
  • Jumpstart your college search through:

  • Filter your search by:

    • Coalition for College members
    • Application method
  • Or conduct your own search!


Making the most of Discover

Explore College Profiles, searching for virtual tours, visits to your school, and other events. Find a school you like? Give it a Follow to save it to My Colleges.

Comparing colleges

Don't forget to use the College Compare tool to compare up to 4 colleges side-by-side.


Build Your List

To keep track of colleges that interest you, make sure to Follow them and add them to your My Colleges list. You can access this list at any time and also keep track of and review Counselor and Parent college suggestions.

Why Follow colleges on Scoir?

To receive college outreach 

Colleges on your list can send you messages so you can learn more about them. We don’t share any personal information about you…colleges will just know someone is interested but not exactly you.

To receive college visit notifications 

Every time a college you’re Following schedules a learning session via Scoir, you'll receive a notification. That way, you won't miss a session with the colleges that interest you most!

Learn more about building a college list.

When should I start Following colleges?

There's no bad time to start following colleges in Scoir! We encourage you to update this list regularly as your preferences evolve throughout your high school career.


Interacting with Your Supporters

Get connected to a network of supporters to help you through your college planning and application journey!

Your counselor

Even if your high school is not on Scoir, once you submit your application profile, your counselor will be notified of the documents that are required for your application (such as your transcript, school reports, and more). Check out this help document to learn how.

Your parent or guardian

Parents and guardians have a read-only view of your My Colleges list, along with the ability to send you college suggestions to help guide your discovery.

You can invite a parent or guardian to link with you on Scoir, or they can register for their own account. It’s totally optional if you want to link with them, but it can be a great way to collaborate on your college list!

Your teachers

You can request recommendations from your teachers (and other supporters, like employers, coaches, etc.) within the Recommenders section in your Application Profile. These letters of recommendation are not college-specific, and, once uploaded, will be sent to all of the colleges you apply to with Scoir.


Managing Your Application Materials

For all things documents and recommendations, navigate to Docs & Recs in the My College section of Scoir.

Letters of recommendation

You can request these within the Docs & Recs section under My Colleges. You can request letters of recommendation for specific colleges, or request a general recommendation letter. Under Status, you can see if a letter of recommendation is pending or sent. If it is set to Pending, not to worry! Your counselor will be working on it soon.

Fee waiver(s)

Do you know about the different types of application fee waivers available to you? After completing your Application Profile, Scoir will make it easy for you to identify where you can apply for free thanks to a Coalition fee waiver. You can also more easily see if your applications to Coalition colleges on Scoir are free by answering the questions on the Scoir dashboard! Where you don't see this option, you might also consider requesting a fee waiver directly from the college that you're applying to. 

Other official school documents (like your transcript)

Even if your high school is not on Scoir, once you submit your application profile, your counselor will be notified of the documents that are required for your application (such as your transcript, school reports, and more). Check out this help document to learn how.

Early decision (ED) is a binding agreement where you indicate to the college that upon acceptance you will attend that school. This can be a good choice if you know the school is your number one choice. However, you may only apply to one school using this process. Because it is a binding agreement, the institution requires signatures from you, your family, and a school counselor. Early decision contracts can be initiated within Docs & Recs or within any college application in Scoir. 

Check out these articles on early decision for more information.

Scoir also offers a comprehensive document storage solution for students with support for common file types and external links. Items in your My Drive will be shared with any parents or guardians linked to your account.


Understanding Application Requirements

In general, it's important to be aware of these requirements for each college you plan to apply to:

  • Application deadlines

  • Application fees

  • Test policy

  • Standard personal essay

  • Supplemental essay and/or additional writing prompts

  • Letter(s) of recommendation

  • Courses and grades

  • Portfolio

  • List of activities and achievements

College-specific application requirements can be found on College Profiles in Scoir. You'll also be made aware of requirements as you move through the application process in Scoir.


Applying with Scoir

To make the application process faster and easier, you have the ability to apply to some colleges with Scoir. If you see a lightning bolt, you can apply with Scoir. If you do not see the lightning bolt icon, you should begin the application process outside of Scoir with another method that you determine with your counselor, like Common App, the college’s website, etc. (Note: Coalition ID is no longer required or used). View the infographic.

Applying with Scoir is a 2-step process.

Start application on Scoir

Start the application process by completing your Application Profile. This consists of standard application questions, which means that you can use this Profile for any school you apply to through Scoir! Before applying, be sure to confirm the information in your Application Profile as you will not be able to edit this information once you’ve moved into step 2, answering a college’s supplemental questions. In this step, you will also add recommenders and a counselor, who will be notified to provide recommendation letters and application documents on your behalf.

Navigate to the college portal via SSO to complete your supplemental form and submit

Through single sign-on, you'll be directed into a college's portal to begin step 2, answering a college's supplemental questions. Before leaving Scoir, you’ll be given an idea of how much you have left to complete (in terms of the type and number of questions to complete). Once you're ready to submit on the college's application portal, you'll provide payment (unless you have a fee waiver) directly to the college.

circle-info  Note: You don't have to complete your application in one sitting. You'll be able to pause and resume where you previously left off.


Plan Your Essays

Personal essays

Most colleges require you to submit at least one essay as part of your application. When you apply to a Coalition college with Scoir, you’ll have the opportunity to review the available essay prompts from Coalition and enter your essay before moving on to the college-specific questions.

Supplemental essays

In addition to the personal essay, some colleges may also ask you to answer short questions or write a supplemental essay. We'll make sure you know about any supplemental work waiting for you, and then you'll complete these items on the college's application portal.

circle-info  Note: You can view the essay prompts for a college by jumping to the Essay and More section.


Monitor Your Outcomes

After you’ve applied with Scoir, you can enter your outcomes within My Colleges to keep track of your application statuses.

Time to celebrate! Congratulations on applying!

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Other Resources

Level up your Scoir skills with these resources, crafted with you in mind. 

What is Scoir

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Your Path to College

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