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Guide to the 2021-22 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on February 12th, 2021  |  Written by Stacey Brook

What do the 2021-22 Coalition Application essay prompts really mean, and how should you approach them? CEA’s Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, is here to break it all down.

Regular Decision Notification Dates for the Class of 2025

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions  |  Posted on February 5th, 2021  |  Written by Emma Harrington

It’s hard to believe but the 2020-21 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 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, […]

Updates to the 2020-21 Early Action/Early Decision Deadlines

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Common Application, General, News, Starting Early, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on October 29th, 2020  |  Written by Emma Harrington

In the midst of COVID-19, many colleges and universities are recognizing the fact that this year’s application season may be just sliiightly more stressful than in years past. With many schools having already dropped their standardized testing requirements, some are now looking to pushing back Early Action/Early Decision deadlines as an additional means for taking […]

Here’s How Ivy League Universities are Changing Testing Requirements for the Class of 2025

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions  |  Posted on July 2nd, 2020  |  Written by Emma Harrington

As a result of the coronavirus crisis, both the SAT and the ACT have been forced to cancel in-person standardized tests until further notice. This has prompted many colleges and universities — including esteemed Ivy League institutions — to change their standardized testing requirements for the 2020-21 admissions cycle.  If you’re interested in applying to […]

How to Write The Common App’s New “Optional” COVID-19 Essay

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 3rd, 2020  |  Written by Stacey Brook

Virtual Graduation – With the Obamas and Lady Gaga!

Topic: commencement, Events, Graduation  |  Posted on June 2nd, 2020  |  Written by Emma Harrington

To all of our graduating college seniors out there, we are truly sorry that your college experience is coming to an end in the middle of a worldwide health crisis. Though our job is mainly to support your efforts to get into the university of your dreams, we also love to hear from our students […]

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 […]