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3 Ways High School Juniors (and Sophomores!) Should be Preparing for the College Essay

Topic: Admissions, Coalition Application, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 29th, 2019  |  Written by Stacey Brook

This article was originally posted on USA Today. Yes, there is such a thing as writing your college essay too early. For over a decade, my students (and their parents) have heard me deliver this refrain, and it remains true as it ever was. At the sprightly age of 16 or 17, students are pulling […]

Write about these 3 things in your college essay (even if you think you shouldn’t)

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 14th, 2019  |  Written by Stacey Brook

This article was originally published in USA Today. Every year, as my team at College Essay Advisors (CEA) begins to brainstorm essay topics with our students, the same refrain always emerges: “I read that I shouldn’t write about this” or “My teacher said I shouldn’t write about that.” What subjects are actually taboo in a college essay? […]

The 2018-19 Early Action and Early Decision Acceptance Rates

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 21st, 2018  |  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 […]

How to Handle the Holidays as a High School Senior

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 12th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, snowflakes are staying on your nose and eyelashes, and Santa Claus is comin’ to town. It’s also an incredibly stressful time for college applicants waiting on important announcements from their dream schools. If you are finding yourself in this anxiety-ridden boat this winter, don’t worry. Grab an oar […]

What to do When You’re Not Accepted by Your ED School

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 10th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

Early Decision and Early Action decisions have slowly been trickling out from schools over the past few days and, if you’re reading this, you probably did not receive the news you were hoping for. We’ve been in the game a long time, and let us tell you: it is not getting any easier for high […]

The Key to Writing a Great Essay About a Grandparent

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions  |  Posted on October 8th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you are settling into your desk chair and flexing your fingers, ready to dive headfirst into your essay and you just can’t shake the voice in your head telling you to write your essay about your grandparent. We get it, grandparents are awesome! They know so much about you! And you’ve gained so much […]

Early Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision II Notification Dates for the Class of 2023

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 24th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

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 since acceptance rates are lower than […]

Why You Should Submit Your Applications a Week Before the Deadline

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Procrastination, Productivity, Quick Tips, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 17th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Yes, you heard us. You should aim to submit each and every college application on your list at least a week before its actual deadline. You’re probably thinking, “But, College Essay Advisors, I need all the time I can get! I’m stressed and I need to make absolutely sure every comma is correct. I want […]

How to Start Your College Admissions Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, Brainstorming, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, News, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 10th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

It’s a classic story of student-visits-campus, and it goes like this. First, student visits campus (duh). Then, student notices campus’ uncanny likeness to a wizarding school that shall-not-be-named. Student declares undying love for campus. Student decides to apply Early Decision because student is All In™. But then student realizes it’s only July. The deadline is […]

How to Write an Effective Personal Statement for Grad School

Topic: Admissions, advice  |  Posted on August 29th, 2018  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Every graduate program has a different name for it: personal statement, letter of intent, statement of purpose. But a rose by any other name is still a personal essay. While undergraduate institutions like to distinguish themselves with quirky essay questions, grad programs don’t have time for such adolescent antics. They want a straightforward narrative that […]