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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!). […]

Complete List: All Of The Colleges That Are Going Test-Optional Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 29th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

Many students have spent hours (and hours!) prepping for the SATs and ACTs over the past few months, only to find out that the spring tests have been canceled and/or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In response, many colleges and universities across the country are enacting test-optional policies for prospective students (YAY!).  This means […]

What to Do Now That Your Summer Program/Internship Has Been Canceled

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

Our heart breaks for high school juniors, high school seniors, and college students whose lives have all been flipped upside down with the COVID-related cancelation of in-person classes, graduation celebrations, standardized testing, and, of course, summer plans. Even if your summer program or internship was canceled (first off, we’re sending lots of virtual hugs your […]

What to Do if You Didn’t Get Into Your Dream School

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 17th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

We’re living in indisputably strange and uncertain times as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, and the college acceptance process and rates have been impacted like everything else in our once-stable world. As a side effect of the global pandemic, which has prevented travel and inspired some students to reconsider their desire to […]

11 Virtual Campus Tours You Can Take Right Now

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 15th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

In the past, Spring Break has been, well, a break. It has been a time of rest, reading and, of course, road trips, which often involve campus visits as students prepare to narrow their choices and make decisions about where to attend or apply in the fall.  We don’t have to tell you that this […]

How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Impacting College Admissions: Our Founder Weighs In

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Writing, Tips  |  Posted on April 7th, 2020  |  Written by CEA HQ

Whether you’re deciding where to attend college next fall via virtual tours, or diving into the daunting task of starting your college admissions essay,  the past few weeks have felt overwhelming and uncertain — to say the least.  As the nation grapples with the impacts of a global pandemic, there are several ways for juniors […]

What You Need to Know Before Applying to Stanford University

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 6th, 2020  |  Written by Emma Harrington

We understand that applying to Ivy League schools is a daunting task for many a prospective student. Whether you’ve been set on applying to Stanford since you were a wee child or you’re just beginning the college search process, CEA is here to give you all the info you need on Stanford University and its […]

Guide to the 2020-21 Coalition Application Essay Prompts

Topic: Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on March 30th, 2020  |  Written by Stacey Brook

What do the 2020-21 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.

Ivy and Top-Tier School Acceptance Rates for the Class of 2024

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions  |  Posted on March 27th, 2020  |  Written by Kat Stubing

First of all, congratulations to all those who got accepted to the school of their dreams in the past few days — go you!! If you received bad news recently, know that you’re not the only one. Ivy leagues and top-tier schools have been getting more competitive in recent years and this year was no […]