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The Early Action and Early Decision Acceptance Rates for the Class of 2028

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 19th, 2023  |  Written by CEA HQ

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 […]

How to Answer the Required UC Transfer Application Essay in a Memorable Way

Topic: Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Uncategorized  |  Posted on November 13th, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re hoping to transfer to a University of California (UC) school next fall, you will have to write four essays. Transfer applicants are asked to respond to one required question (more on this below) and choose three of seven remaining prompts to respond to in 350 words or fewer.  These seven prompts overlap with […]

Three Reasons to Write Your Regular Decision Application Essays Immediately

Topic: advice  |  Posted on November 8th, 2023  |  Written by CEA HQ

Every year, we work with students who pour their blood, sweat, and tears (okay, maybe not blood) into their Early Action and Early Decision application essays and, once November 1 rolls around, they are ready for a well-deserved break. We could not be more on board! But that well-deserved break should last one week only […]

How to Write a College Essay Fast

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 23rd, 2023  |  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 […]

How to Find the Best College Essay Advising Services

Topic: Admissions, advice  |  Posted on October 2nd, 2023  |  Written by CEA HQ

Perhaps the most complex and time-consuming element of college applications is the essay-writing process, which now often includes personal statements, additional information essays, diversity statements, mountains of supplements, and other fun surprises. As a result, many parents and students are increasingly seeking the help of college essay tutors to help them organize, strategize, and execute […]

The Single-Choice/Restrictive Early Action Loophole You Need to Know About

Topic: College Admissions, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 27th, 2023  |  Written by CEA HQ

So many students think that applying Single-Choice Early Action or Restrictive Early Action is basically the same as applying Early Decision—and they could not be more wrong!! Of course, you should always double check with your top-choice school’s website regarding their policies, since some schools like to do their own thing; but overall, Single-Choice and […]

How To Write Diversity Supplemental Essays When You Feel Like You Don’t Have a Story to Tell

Topic: From The Founder, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 19th, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

The diversity-focused supplemental essay has been gaining traction on college applications for years. These prompts allow admissions to get a sense of a student’s background, culture, and values. They often provide meaningful context for a student’s resume, transcript, and other application materials. And, as of the 2023 Supreme Court ruling against affirmative action, they serve […]

If You’re Not Done with Your College Application Essays Right Now, You’re Late

Topic: advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, From The Founder  |  Posted on September 14th, 2023  |  Written by Stacey Brook

Every year it happens. September rolls around, Labor Day BBQs end the summer with a side of slaw, and students all over the world wake up and realize that, in addition to schoolwork, they have to start working on their college admissions essays. As someone who has been advising students on their college essays for […]

College Admissions Offices May Never Be Able to Use AI to Review College Essays

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 11th, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

There’s a lot of talk surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) and its use, or misuse, in college admissions offices across the country. In fact, some colleges have already started using AI to sort through the thousands of applications they received last season. We’ve heard from students and parents who are concerned that colleges using AI in […]

A Message From our Founder Re: Affirmative Action and The College Essay

Topic: From The Founder, Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 14th, 2023  |  Written by Stacey Brook

Ever since the Supreme Court ruled to overturn affirmative action, students around the globe have been wondering how the decision will affect their chances of acceptance to American colleges and universities. Most critically, students of color have been grappling with how they can attempt to get a fair shake in an inherently biased admissions system […]

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