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Stanford University 2016-17 Essay Prompts and Advice

Topic: College Admissions, College Spotlight, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on August 23rd, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

Stanford University is consistently ranked as one of the hardest schools to gain acceptance to in the United States, but that doesn’t seem to stop students from applying in hordes every year. In this ridiculously competitive environment, distinguishing yourself from other applicants is tough, which is why Stanford’s sprawling supplement is your ally, not your […]

6 Thoughts You’ll Have While Writing Your College Essay

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on August 18th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

Applying to college. To say the least, it’s a daunting task. You want to get out of your house and onto a college campus, though, so you’re approaching the task head-on. You’ve done your research and taken your visits. You’ve selected your top 5-10 schools, ranging from your dream school to your dream safety school […]

Duke University 2016 Essay Prompt Advice and Profile

Topic: College Admissions, College Spotlight, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on August 16th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

This might be the only time in your life your mom will be proud of you for aspiring to become an a devil. Duke University is a private institution nestled in Durham, North Carolina. Offering over 100 academic programs, state-of-the-art research facilities, and a global education program that allows students to study domestically or internationally through 50 Duke […]

The Secret to Mastering the Common App Prompts

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on August 11th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

The Common App prompts may seem terrifying, but we have good news. There’s actually a secret to mastering any one of them! Our founder answers this burning question in her recently published Money Magazine article. Read the Money Magazine article now! Become a Common Application expert with our 2017-18 guide! Walk yourself through our entire process with […]

3 Signs You’ve Found a Winning College Essay Topic

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on August 11th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

We spend our lives looking for the one. The perfect prom dress. The best burrito. The coolest sneakers. Your soulmate. Your soulcat. The most flattering Snapchat filter. Your dream college. The list goes on. In so many areas of life, we try to find the perfect fit, but at this moment perhaps none is quite […]

What the Olympics Will Teach You About Your College Essay

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, International Students  |  Posted on August 9th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

Right now you’re probably asking yourself: What could the Olympics and my Common Application essay possibly have to do with each other? Well, it’s actually pretty simple. Our founder, Stacey Brook, explores how Olympic athletes can serve as inspiration to students in this Huffington Post article. Read the Huffington Post article now! Check out our guide to this year’s […]

The Inevitable Hamilton College Essay Prompt

Topic: College Admissions, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on August 4th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

Obviously there is a Hamilton college essay question in the mix this year. (How could there not be?) CEA’s founder explores this presidential prompt from Wake Forest University for the Huffington Post. Read the Huffington Post article now! Starting your college essay? Check out our on-demand video series! The 4 simple tricks to mastering your writing supplements.

CEA’s Guide To The 2016-17 Common Application

Topic: College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, International Students, Most Popular  |  Posted on August 1st, 2016  |  Written by Stacey Brook

The 2016-17 Common Application is finally out! What changed and what stayed the same? How can you make the most of this college admissions tool? Our application essay experts have the answers and are here to help!

6 Lame Excuses You’re Using to Postpone Starting Your College Essay

Topic: Essay Tips  |  Posted on July 28th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

The summer is winding down, which means you’re going to be heading back to school in just a few weeks! If you’re looking at this, chances are you still haven’t started your college essay. What’s your excuse? Yes, we know, it’s hard. But, the closer it gets to the deadline, the harder it’s going to be […]

Dartmouth College 2016 Essay Prompts and Profile

Topic: College Admissions, College Spotlight, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on July 26th, 2016  |  Written by Rebecca Semenetz

“The College on The Hill” aka Dartmouth College has just released its essay prompts for Fall 2017. This private liberal arts college in Hanover, New Hampshire is, as we’re sure you’re aware, one of the eight schools in the Ivy League system. But is Dartmouth right for you? We assess this school’s offerings in our “College […]