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Ivy and Top-Tier School Acceptance Rates for the Class of 2023

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions  |  Posted on November 15th, 2019  |  Written by Kat Stubing

First of all, congratulations to all those who got accepted to their dreams schools in the past few days — go you!! If you received bad news recently, know that you’re not the only one. Ivy leagues and top-tier schools have been getting more competitive in recent years and this year was no different. Trust […]

What Can You Accomplish in the Common Application Essay?

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on May 21st, 2019  |  Written by CEA HQ

There are a few things you should be specifically aiming for in your college essay, and all of them are easy enough to accomplish: Make Yourself Memorable: In advertising, the idea of making yourself memorable is called “branding.” Celebrities often call it “star power.” What it really boils down to is finding something about yourself, […]

Where Does the Essay Fit into the Overall College Application?

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on April 29th, 2019  |  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 […]

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? […]

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 […]

The Best Way to Proofread a College Essay

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on August 20th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

If you have happened across this article, then congratulations! You’ve finished a draft of your college essay! Now is the time to make sure your essay is fit for submission. To initiate the proofreading process, put your detective hat on. It’s time to search the dark corners of your essay for mistakes. Errors are your […]

The 2018-19 Common Application is Live!!

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Common Application, Events, General, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 1st, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Sound the alarms!! The Common Application is live for the 2018-19 college admissions season! The time for procrastination is over. (We know, it hurts.)  It’s time to get your affairs in order and begin your college applications — if you haven’t already. We have compiled some FAQs as related to the new Common App and […]

How To Approach The College Essay When Writing Isn’t Your Strong Suit

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on June 28th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you’re not about to declare a Creative Writing major and your dream has never been to win a Pulitzer prize. The words don’t come naturally to you and you have trouble transforming your ideas into eloquent sentences. You might find yourself working harder in English and relaxing in Math and Computer Programming classes (in […]