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How to Write a College Essay Fast

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 30th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

There are myriad reasons why you might need to pen a college essay at lightning speed. You may have scribbled down the wrong deadline by mistake, and then realized you had two days to submit—not seventeen! You may have fallen head over heels for a college that was barely on your radar after a marvelous […]

Everything You Need to Know About the Common App’s Brand New “Context & Background” Section

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 10th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

The Common Application is live for the 2022-23 application season, which means students can begin submitting their applications right now! Students who made their Common App accounts and began exploring the platform prior to August 1, 2022 may have noticed that there’s a new section this year that some schools are opting to include in […]

How to Prepare for Timed Writing Exercises

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 18th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

One of the latest trends in the admissions world is requiring timed writing exercises. This new piece of the application puzzle has been popping up in the admissions process for competitive high schools and specialized BS and postgraduate programs. The thought of crafting a succinct and meaningful response to a mystery prompt in one sitting […]

Ivy League Tuition and Fees 2022-23

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 30th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

There are so many things to consider when choosing which colleges and universities to apply to, including, but not limited to: location, distance from home, alumni network, graduation rate, degree requirements, study abroad and research opportunities, internships, coursework, specialized programs, school size, professor to student ratio, campus vibe and (drumroll, please!) cost.  This is what […]

CEA’s 2022-23 List of Test-Optional Colleges and Universities

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 16th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Hello college applicants! We thought it might be helpful to put together a list of test-optional colleges and universities for you, so you can make an informed decision when it comes time to submit.     This list is by no means exhaustive, but it is robust. As always, we’re wishing you good luck! *These […]

2022-23 Early Decision and Early Action Notification Dates – Class of 2027

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on June 3rd, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

So: 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 for the 2022-23 admissions cycle, […]

Simons Summer Research Program Application Essay Guide

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 17th, 2022  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Requirements: 7 short responses of 700 characters each Deadline: February 18, 2022 Fee: Free excluding dining costs All text boxes accept up to 700 characters, which is approximately 100 to 180 words. Why do you want to participate in the Simons Summer Research Program?  Be specific about your aspirations and goals for the upcoming summer. […]

Early Decision and Early Action Deadline Organizer 2022-23

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 5th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

Early Action and Early Decision deadlines will be here before you know it. If you have one school in mind that is your ride-or-die, you should definitely consider applying Early Decision to put yourself toward the front of the pack. Many schools tend to accept a higher percentage of both Early Decision and Early Action applicants than […]

How to Create a Winning College Application Video Essay Introduction

Topic: Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 22nd, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

More colleges and universities are offering applicants the opportunity to submit a video as part of their application. Odds are, you’ll take any opportunity you can get to further differentiate yourself from other applicants. But what is admissions looking for exactly? And how does one go about producing this work of art?   Step One: […]

10 Elite Colleges Where Early Applicants Have a Leg Up

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 13th, 2022  |  Written by CEA HQ

The college admissions process and landscape can be incredibly confusing. There are a lot of moving parts! You have to consider your GPA, test scores (if you have them), personal statements, supplemental essays, scholarships, housing, majors, graduation rates… the list goes on! One of the most common questions our clients ask us is, “What’s the […]