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How to Write a Successful Deferral Letter

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on February 5th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Every year, thousands of students are deferred from the early application pool to the regular decision pool. And every year, thousands of students are left thinking, “How can I improve my chances of getting accepted?” Let us introduce to you… (drumroll, please)… The Deferral Letter!! The deferral letter is similar in purpose to the waitlist […]

AAJA’s 2022 JCamp Summer Program Application Essay Guide

Topic: Summer Preparation, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 27th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

JCamp is a six-day multicultural program for high school students. It was started by the Asian American Journalism Association in 2001 in hopes of both confronting the lack of diversity in journalism and cultivating the voices of future media leaders. Unlike many other summer programs for high school students, there is no fee to apply […]

Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS) Application Essay Guide

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 25th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Calling all Albert Einsteins and Katherine Johnsons! It’s time to make sure your PROMYS application is as strong as it can possibly be. And that starts with polished and authentic essay responses. Let’s dive in! Deadline: March 15, 2022 Recommendation: Give yourself an abundance of time to work on the problems. Decision Announcements: Mid-May 2022 […]

How to Distinguish Yourself in Your College Applications as an Early High School Graduate

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 13th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

More students are learning about and taking advantage of early graduation opportunities across the United States. Some states offer exams to sophomores and juniors that give them clearance to graduate early if they pass. The California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE), for example, is available to High School students in California who would like to […]

The Early Action and Early Decision Acceptance Rates for the Class of 2026

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 21st, 2021  |  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 […]

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 […]

CEA’s 2021-22 List of Test-Optional Colleges and Universities

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 8th, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

Hello college applicants! As we near the end of the 2021-22 college application season, you may be wondering where you can submit applications before those early 2022 deadlines sneak up on you. We thought it might be helpful to put together a list of test-optional colleges and universities for you, so you can make an […]

How to Complete the UC Application’s “Additional Comments” Section

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on November 29th, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

The UC Application offers students the opportunity to submit up to 550 words as “Additional Comments” within the Personal Insight section of the application. This space is reserved for additional information, and while it is tempting to use it to explore a subject of your choosing, students should use it sparingly. The directions read: If […]

Regular Decision Notification Dates for the Class of 2026

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions  |  Posted on November 11th, 2021  |  Written by CEA HQ

It’s hard to believe but the 2021-22 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 Finish Your College Essays in Time for Submission

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 23rd, 2021  |  Written by Kat Stubing

If you’re reading this, odds are you’re staring at your calendar while a single bead of sweat drips down your face. First, get a tissue. Blot. Next, get comfortable; you’re about to accomplish something spectacular. In order to finish all of your college essays—we’re talking the Common App essay, UC essays, supplemental essays, COVID essays, […]