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College Essay Checkups 2017

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Uncategorized  |  Posted on November 27th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

We all need a little TLC sometimes, even our essays. If you’re anything like me, after you stare at your essay for too long, it all but turns into hieroglyphics. It is no longer beautifully crafted sentences diving into overarching themes and humorous anecdotes. It is words on a page and you’re sick and tired […]

Fast Facts about the University of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Washington

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, College Spotlight, Uncategorized  |  Posted on November 20th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you’re interested in attending a large university in the Great White North, eh? Well, there are some things you should consider first. For example, did you know University of Michigan requires three supplemental essays? Or that the University of Washington gives students the opportunity to respond to two optional essay prompts? Is the fact that […]

Everything You Need to Know About Duke University

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, College Spotlight, Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 30th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you want to go to Duke University? You’re not the first and you definitely won’t be the last. With an acceptance rate of 9%, your chances aren’t great. So let’s make sure you really want to go to this school before you take the time to apply and, yes, write the essays. Undergraduate tuition […]

Where to Find Sneaky Supplements

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Supplemental Essays, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 25th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

It’s a jungle out there, but we don’t need to tell you that. You’ve been scouring websites clicking on words like “Requirements”, “Apply”, and “Unicorns” (oh wait, no, that was us) trying to see if your dream schools require supplements. It’s exhausting, but you’re not the only one out here looking out for lions, tigers, […]

How to Outline Your Personal Statement Like a Boss

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 18th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Okay, so you have drilled and drilled until your fingers could tap no more and your noggin was verifiably empty. You have thousands of words on the page and you have color coded your best material for building out the big picture and filling in the meaningful details. Now what? Could it be that it’s […]

How to Write the 2017-18 Duke Essays

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Supplemental Essays, Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 4th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Are you applying to Duke this Fall? If so, you should know a few quick facts: Duke is a medium-sized university with 6,609 total undergrads. 95% of Duke students graduate in six years. The Early Decision deadline is November 1. Duke accepted 9% of applicants last year. Want to know how to give yourself a […]

Don’t Forget: Fall Free Day on October 5, 2017

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Supplemental Essays, Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 3rd, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Submissions are now closed. Thanks for participating! Your free college essay review is just 2 days away! On October 5, our expert advisors will be doling out free 15-minute essay reviews to the first 100 college and grad school applicants to submit a draft. We’ll be posting the instructions the morning of October 5, so […]

Real College Essay Examples: Johns Hopkins

Topic: advice, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Inspiration, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 28th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Getting your college essay right is incredibly important, but you already know that or you wouldn’t be here. We have compiled a list of our favorite college essays that earned students admission to Johns Hopkins University. We think it’s best to jot down your own ideas before clouding your mind with the ideas of others, […]

The Amherst College 2017-18 Supplement is Next Level

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Supplemental Essays, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 15th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Amherst College does not take supplemental essays lightly. The private liberal arts college in Massachusetts asks students to go the extra mile and write an essay inspired by one of the quotes they provide. Students also have the option to submit an essay presenting a persuasive argument. Since we believe the college essay works best […]

How to Ask Your Parents for Help with Your College Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on September 13th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

How do you tap into your parents’ brains? It’s simple! Ask for questions. Tell a close friend or family member you trust about your topic and ask him or her to assign you a set of interview questions. If this person read an essay about this topic, written by you, what would they want to […]