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2023-24 Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates – Class of 2028

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 7th, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

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 2023-24 admissions cycle, […]

Regular Decision Deadlines 2023-24

Topic: Admissions  |  Posted on June 22nd, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

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 […]

Six Medical School Secondary Essays You Can Start Writing Right Now! (And which ones you should wait on!)

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 15th, 2023  |  Written by CEA HQ

Introduction Each year, we work with a select number of medical school applicants to help them draft strong, distinct personal statements and descriptions for the Work and Activity sections within their AMCAS applications, which are due at the end of May.  They inevitably ask us, in the days after submitting, “This is when we get […]

Guide to the 2023-24 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

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

What do the 2023-24 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.

Test Optional: What it Means for Your College Applications

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 6th, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

In the wake of the pandemic, a lot of schools became test-optional, since many students weren’t able to take the SATs or ACTs due to COVID-19 shutdowns and other safety measures.  Even after schools brought testing back and adjusted to new protocols, many schools continued to keep their test-optional policies in place, in part to […]

Early Decision and Early Action Deadline Organizer 2023-24

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 26th, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

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 […]

CEA’s 2023-24 List of Test-Optional Colleges and Universities

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

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!   CEA’s […]

Ivy League Tuition and Fees 2023-24

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 21st, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

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 […]

Test-Optional, Test-Flexible, Test-Blind: What’s the Difference?!

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 12th, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Starting in 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the world as we knew it, many colleges and universities waived test score submission requirements for first-year applicants. In the years that followed, most schools continued with this trend; however, different terms started popping up to clarify the ways in which admissions would (or would not) consider […]

Wharton’s Global Youth Leadership in the Business World (LBW) Summer Program 2023 Application Essay Guide 

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on February 2nd, 2023  |  Written by Kat Stubing

CEA’s Guide to Wharton’s Global Youth Leadership in the Business World (LBW) Summer Program 2023 Application Essays Priority Deadline: January 25, 2023 Final Deadline: April 5, 2023 Requirements: 1 short answer and 1 essay of 200-300 words   In 140 characters or less, give us your biography as if it were a tweet. The biggest […]