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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 […]

Regular Decision Notification Dates for the Class of 2022

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 18th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

It’s hard to believe but the 2017-18 college admissions season is, for the most part, over. You poured your blood, sweat, and tears (okay, hopefully not blood) into your applications and now all you have to do now is wait. While some schools have rolling admissions, others deliver the news on a scheduled date. In […]

The University of California Essay Prompts 2017-18

Topic: advice, Brainstorming, College Admissions, College Spotlight, Essay Tips, Essay Writing  |  Posted on September 6th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

All University of California schools require the same application – which is awesome for students who are interested in multiple campuses! The application doesn’t come without its downfalls, however. Students have to write four essays to be considered for admission. Since most students are also applying to other universities that accept the Coalition or Common […]

This High School Senior Wrote Her College Essay about Pizza and Got Into Yale

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Writing, Inspiration, News  |  Posted on June 1st, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

We at CEA love pizza. It is one of our greatest passions and our favorite fuel for advising brainpower. It is no surprise, then, that we were brimming with joy when we saw that a High School Senior scored acceptance to Yale with an essay about Papa John’s. With an acceptance rate of just 6.3%, […]

Bragging Writes College Essay Contest First Runner-Up

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips, International Students  |  Posted on May 25th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Summer Allen is the First Runner-Up in CEA’s Bragging Writes college essay contest. She tells a story of swashbuckling intellectual curiosity as she spends one summer racing her father to the finish of Robinson Crusoe. Summer’s submission is the perfect example of how a great essay can come out of a small, personal life event. […]

ICYMI- Why The Costco College Essay Is Crucial Reading for Future College Applicants

Topic: College Admissions, Essay Tips  |  Posted on April 18th, 2016  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

At this point, it’s almost been impossible to avoid reading about the amazing Costco college essay that secured one lucky applicant admission to several Ivies and Stanford. It’s a great essay, but not everyone seems to understand why, so CEA Founder Stacey Brook broke it down and offered some lessons that everyone can take away […]