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Ivy Leagues Report Influx of 2020-21 Applications and Record-Low Acceptance Rates for the Class of 2025

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 7th, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

Ivy Leagues and other prestigious institutions are reporting record-high applications for 2021 admission, resulting in record-low acceptance rates this year. This is, in part, due to many schools adopting test-optional policies to accommodate students who were not able to take standardized tests last year due to COVID-19 precautions.   Let’s dive into the data: Princeton’s […]

How to Write the University of Michigan’s Expression of Continued Interest (Deferral Letter)

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on February 4th, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

So, you applied early to the University of Michigan, and you’ve been deferred to the Regular Decision admission pool. First thing’s first, you are not the only one. And you’re still in the game! The good news is that Michigan is asking deferred applicants to submit an Expression of Continued Interest, which means you have […]

2020-21 Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates – Class of 2025

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on November 23rd, 2020  |  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 2020-21 admissions cycle, […]

The Most Interesting Online Courses to Take This Summer

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 27th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc, it’s time for us to prepare for another few weeks (or months, depending on where you live) of quarantine. While it’s possible — and totally understandable! — that you feel upset or disappointed by adjusted or canceled plans/opportunities, now is the perfect time to knock out some credit […]

7 (Free!) Resume-Boosting Courses to Take This Summer

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 26th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year — summer! While you can — and should — still enjoy copious amounts of hot dogs, ice cream sandwiches and other seasonal treats, there’s no doubt that this summer will look and feel a little different due to the coronavirus crisis.  As a result, most summer […]

What is the Coalition Application? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 21st, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

Here’s everything you need to know about the Coalition Application — plus expert-approved advice to help you write your own compelling college admissions essay.  What is the Coalition Application? The Coalition for College (also known as The Coalition Application) was founded in 2015 to make college more accessible to low-income and underrepresented students.  According to […]

Breaking News: UGA Is Now On the Common App!

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 13th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

Calling all prospective Bulldogs: we’ve got good news for you. On May 7, the University of Georgia announced that they will now officially accept the Common Application!! This is fantastic news for prospective freshmen, who will likely save valuable time when applying (which means more time to watch The Great British Baking Show).  UGA announced […]

How (And Why!) You Should Start Writing Your College Essay Right Now

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 6th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

Sheltering-in-place at home, you may find yourself with a little extra free time on your hands. Instead of binging another Netflix dating show, consider using this time to start thinking about (drumroll, please…) your personal statements!  Luckily, the prompts for the Common Application and Coalition Application have both been confirmed for quite some time now […]

6 Things to Consider Before Taking a Gap Year

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 5th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

There’s no doubt about it: The coronavirus pandemic has — and continues to — impact college admissions. In fact, a recent survey found that over a quarter (25.7%, to be exact) of incoming freshmen are now rethinking their college choice as a result of COVID-19.  For some high school seniors, especially in these uncertain times, […]

A Complete List of Colleges That Announced Plans Regarding a Fall 2020 Reopening

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 30th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

We are inching closer and closer to summer (a.k.a. ice cream sandwich season), which means the fall semester is just around the bend. But what will that look like? Last year, it would have been week-long orientation events, move-in day, tearful goodbyes with mom and dad, and exciting tours through campus (first stop: dining hall!). […]