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Should You Rewrite Your College Essay if You Were Rejected by Your ED/EA School(s)?

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 9th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Each year, thousands of students funnel a ton of time and resources into their applications to their dream schools only to receive disappointing news in December. If you can relate to this, you’re not alone! In fact, you’re in the majority. Upon receiving a rejection or deferral, many students revisit their application materials in order […]

The Early Action and Early Decision Acceptance Rates for the Class of 2027

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 19th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

To absolutely no one’s surprise, this was a very competitive year for college applications. With each passing year more applicants pen Early Action and Early Decision love letters to their dream schools. In response, top schools have carried on with  their tradition of accepting a very small percentage of these eager applicant pools (but still […]

Regular Decision Notification Dates for the Class of 2027

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions  |  Posted on November 8th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

It’s hard to believe but the 2022-23 college admissions season is, for the most part, over. You poured your blood, sweat, and tears (okay, hopefully not blood) into your applications and now all you have to do now is wait. While some schools have rolling admissions, others deliver the news on a scheduled date. In […]

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 Write a College Essay Fast

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 30th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

There are myriad reasons why you might need to pen a college essay at lightning speed. You may have scribbled down the wrong deadline by mistake, and then realized you had two days to submit—not seventeen! You may have fallen head over heels for a college that was barely on your radar after a marvelous […]

Everything You Need to Know About the Common App’s Brand New “Context & Background” Section

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 10th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

The Common Application is live for the 2022-23 application season, which means students can begin submitting their applications right now! Students who made their Common App accounts and began exploring the platform prior to August 1, 2022 may have noticed that there’s a new section this year that some schools are opting to include in […]

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, […]