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How to Answer the “Who in Your Life is Depending on You?” Supplemental Essay Question

Topic: College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 17th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

If you’re applying to competitive colleges, chances are you’ve seen the following prompt once or twice in your travels across the Common App: Who in your life is depending on you? What are they depending on you for?  Several colleges and universities adopted this supplemental essay prompt within the past few years as a part […]

Can You Use the Same Essay for Multiple College Applications?

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 10th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

We get this question all the time and we think you’ll like the answer: yes, of course you can! In fact, we create spreadsheets for each of our students so we can look for overlap in prompt topics and strategize how to make the most of repeated themes. We are strong believers in writing as […]

How to Prepare for Timed Writing Exercises

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 18th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

One of the latest trends in the admissions world is requiring timed writing exercises. This new piece of the application puzzle has been popping up in the admissions process for competitive high schools and specialized BS and postgraduate programs. The thought of crafting a succinct and meaningful response to a mystery prompt in one sitting […]

Ivy League Tuition and Fees 2022-23

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 30th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

There are so many things to consider when choosing which colleges and universities to apply to, including, but not limited to: location, distance from home, alumni network, graduation rate, degree requirements, study abroad and research opportunities, internships, coursework, specialized programs, school size, professor to student ratio, campus vibe and (drumroll, please!) cost.  This is what […]

CEA’s 2022-23 List of Test-Optional Colleges and Universities

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 16th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Hello college applicants! We thought it might be helpful to put together a list of test-optional colleges and universities for you, so you can make an informed decision when it comes time to submit.     This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is robust. As always, we’re wishing you good luck! *These […]

2022-23 Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates – Class of 2027

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 3rd, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

So: you’ve written your Common App personal statement, finished your supplemental essays, acquired recommendations from your favorite teachers, created a fantastic activity resume, sent out your applications, crossed your fingers (and toes!), and now all you have left to do is wait for the results. And waiting is the wooorst! Especially for the 2022-23 admissions cycle, […]

Regular Decision Deadlines 2022-23

Topic: Admissions  |  Posted on May 10th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Deadlines are the worst. Even the word looks terrifying. It has the word “dead” in it. What’s with that? Bitter feelings aside, deadlines are inevitable. And many Regular Decision deadlines are going to be here before you know it. Whether you’re applying Regular Decision to safety, target, or dream schools, it’s important to make sure […]

Early Decision and Early Action Deadline Organizer 2022-23

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 5th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Early Action and Early Decision deadlines will be here before you know it. If you have one school in mind that is your ride-or-die, you should definitely consider applying Early Decision to put yourself toward the front of the pack. Many schools tend to accept a higher percentage of both Early Decision and Early Action applicants than […]

How to Create a Winning College Application Video Essay Introduction

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 22nd, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

More colleges and universities are offering applicants the opportunity to submit a video as part of their application. Odds are, you’ll take any opportunity you can get to further differentiate yourself from other applicants. But what is admissions looking for exactly? And how does one go about producing this work of art?   Step One: […]

10 Elite Colleges Where Early Applicants Have a Leg Up

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 13th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

The college admissions process and landscape can be incredibly confusing. There are a lot of moving parts! You have to consider your GPA, test scores (if you have them), personal statements, supplemental essays, scholarships, housing, majors, graduation rates… the list goes on! One of the most common questions our clients ask us is, “What’s the […]