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This is What College Admissions Officers Look For in College Applications

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Tips  |  Posted on March 23rd, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

While the essay is a potent piece of the puzzle, it is important to remember that it is but one of the crucial components of your college application. There is also the transcript, which is undeniably one of the most important factors in an admissions officer’s assessment of any applicant. Even this pretty straightforward index […]

How to Write Your Personal Statement

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on January 24th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

So you want to know how to write your personal statement, huh? Well, let me tell you this: the best personal essays tell a story. And like all good stories, they have (drumroll, please) a beginning, a middle, and an end. As you pull the notes from your brainstorm into your outline, think about the […]

NYC Edition: Fast Facts about Columbia, NYU, and The New School

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, College Spotlight, Common Application, Essay Resources, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 21st, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you want to go to school in the great city of New York, huh? We don’t blame you. CEA Headquarters is in Manhattan, and we have to say, we love it. So now you’re left deciding between the competitive schools located in NYC and we want to help. Not only did we make supplemental […]

The Origins of the Coalition Application

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions  |  Posted on December 4th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Once upon a time, a selection of schools around the land came together to create an easier way for students to apply to a wide number of academic institutions. This first attempt at college application standardization, as you might have guessed, was called the Common Application. This platform remained unchallenged in the world of admissions […]

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 […]

What It’s Like to be a College Admissions Officer

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Resources  |  Posted on September 25th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Imagine you’re a college admissions officer. You’re pumped to dive into your pile of new applicants. You’re jazzed to see what the students of 2017 have to bring to your academic community. You’re responsible for viewing over 1,000 applications per season! This means 40 applications a day and 8.5 an hour! This gives you about […]

The Ultimate Back to School Checklist

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Writing  |  Posted on August 29th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

It’s that time of year again! In between shopping trips to Target (the stationary sanctuary), we have compiled a list of things you should definitely be doing to be prepared for senior year! There’s nothing worse than finding yourself without a college essay as the leaves begin to fall (especially because some schools, like Georgia […]

The 2017-18 University of Chicago Supplemental Essays are Here!

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on July 18th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

To all of the incredibly ambitious and creatively inclined students out there, the time has come. The 2017-18 U Chicago essay prompts are here. And, as always, they’re totally bizarre, challenging to the core, and, if you’re essay nerds like us, an endless supply of inspiration and entertainment. How will you make the most of […]