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Free College Essay Help All Day!

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 27th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

The day has come! Time to kick off your summer right with some college essay writing goodness. Beat the heat by writing the coolest essay ever. You’ve got three amazing advising options, so pick one, two or all three! Tweet, post, comment all of your college essay-related questions at us on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr! […]

Free College Essay Topic Help: June 28, 2016!

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on June 22nd, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

School is out. The sun is shining. The beach is beckoning. But you’ve got college essays to write. We know. If we were you, we’d want to prioritize bronzing over brainstorming, too. That’s why we’re giving away tons of free advice and goodies on Tuesday, June 28. Kick off your summer writing season with a […]

4 Surprisingly Simple Strategies for Tackling Supplemental Application Essays

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on June 16th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

The deluge has begun. The earliest supplemental essays have started to trickle out and it’s time to bust out your rain slicker and boots… maybe even a canoe if you have one on hand. For the uninitiated, supplemental essays are the school-specific writing assignments that many colleges and universities require in addition to the Common […]

College Spotlight: University of Michigan 2016-17

Topic: College Admissions, College Spotlight, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on June 15th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

The University of Michigan is a prestigious public university located in the heart of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Being such a huge university, Michigan is known for its vast degree program options (about 260 in total), being a top research institute offering research opportunities to more than 1,300 students each year, and for its Division I […]

College Spotlight: University of Chicago 2016-17

Topic: College Admissions, College Spotlight, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on June 14th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

The University of Chicago is known for its intellectually rigorous core curriculum, beautiful gothic architecture, and quirky application supplement (more on those oddball essay prompts below). It’s a nerd paradise where the blustery Chicago winters are the perfect excuse to stay inside with a nice book or ten. Even though the unofficial school motto is, “If […]

6 Unconventional College Majors You Never Knew You Wanted to Try

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on June 9th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past…oh, I don’t know…seven years or so, then you’ve heard the expression “there’s an app for that.” Think of the most ridiculous thing in the world, and you can probably find it in the app store. Just feel like popping a zit? There’s an app for that. […]

The 2016-17 UNC Essay Prompts Are Out!

Topic: College Admissions, College Spotlight, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on June 3rd, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is always among the first American universities to release its supplemental essay prompts, and this year is no exception. As a forerunner in the college application release pack, UNC’s prompts can often help set the tone for what to expect from other schools. Last year, the array […]

What You Can Learn from Stalking Your Dream College on Facebook

Topic: College Admissions  |  Posted on June 2nd, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

You’ve been warned. In this digital age, 40% of college admissions officers scour your social media profiles about as closely as your academic records. While this Facebook (or Twitter or Instagram) stalking may seem invasive, it’s also a window into your judgement, values, and sense of humor – and now, two can play at this […]

Don’t Forget About Your College Essay This Summer: CEA’s Weekly Link Roundup

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on May 27th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

As the school year starts to wind down, we can lay back, relax, and start thinking about our impending college search and application process. Nothing stressful about that, right? With senior year just around the corner, college is probably one of the only things on your mind. The summer is a great time to begin […]

Bragging Writes Winner: A Real College Essay that Really Worked!

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on May 25th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

We are thrilled to announce that Kelly Porter’s essay, “En Español, Por Favor,” is the First Place winner of CEA’s Bragging Writes college essay contest. Her thoughtful approach to the Common App’s fifth prompt, about the transition from childhood to adulthood, stood out from the pack. Kelly’s essay caught our attention from the first line, […]