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The Origins of The Common Application

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Common App Prompts/Topics, Common Application, Uncategorized  |  Posted on January 10th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

A long time ago (back when applicants had to – GASP! – hand-write their applications) in a land far, far away (upstate New York), some fine academic institutions decided to take pity on the cramping hands of college applicants by creating a standardized form to help students streamline the application process. This great work of […]

Schools with February Deadlines and Rolling Admissions

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Writing, Productivity, Quick Tips  |  Posted on January 5th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

Are you staring at your screen wondering why you didn’t get your act together quicker and apply for college when all of your friends were? Are you wondering why you let your classes and clubs and bae get in the way of your future? You’re not alone, and more importantly, it’s not too late. Although […]

Applications are submitted! Now what?

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Inspiration, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on January 3rd, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Attention! This is not an alarm! January 1st deadlines have officially come and gone! This means that you’re probably done with all of your college applications!!! YAY!! This is an incredibly exciting time for all students entering the final stretch of their senior year. Think about all of the things you didn’t have time for […]

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 […]

Don’t Make These Mistakes in Your College Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Supplemental Essays, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 12th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

The admissions essay is a crucial part of your college application because it is the only chance you have to communicate with admissions officers in your own voice. You need to take advantage of every word at your disposal and send the message that you’re the kind of student that colleges should want on their […]

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 […]

The Additional Information Essay

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Resources, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on November 10th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

It is not much discussed, but the Common Application offers students the opportunity to complete another essay in addition to the personal statement. (No, this is not a random bonus round.) This space is reserved for additional information and while it is tempting to use it to explore another random subject of your choosing, students […]

How to Organize Supplemental Essay Prompts for Maximum Efficiency

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Nerds Of Wisdom, Productivity, Quick Tips, Tips  |  Posted on November 9th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Let’s do a quick pulse check. Is your heart racing? Is your head spinning? Are you already drowning in an ocean of your own sweat? DON’T WORRY. We swear. It’s really not that bad. You just haven’t gotten organized yet! We’re here to introduce you to your friend, OVERLAP. Even outside of the Why Essay, […]

Facts about MIT, Princeton University, and USC

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, College Spotlight, Essay Resources, International Students, News  |  Posted on November 6th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

We’ve updated our handy dandy supplemental essay guide with prompt breakdowns for MIT, Princeton University, and USC. But before you familiarize yourself with our prompt breakdowns, you should get a little more acquainted with the schools you’re considering dedicating your life to for the next four years! After all, four years is equivalent to 20% of […]

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 […]