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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 […]

Early Decision, Early Action, and Early Decision II Deadline Organizer 2019-20

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Common Application, Essay Resources, Uncategorized  |  Posted on August 14th, 2019  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Early Action and Early Decision deadlines will be here before you know it. If you have one school in mind that is your ride-or-die, you should definitely consider applying Early Decision to put yourself toward the front of the pack. Many schools tend to accept a higher percentage of both Early Decision and Early Action applicants than […]

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 […]

Colleges on the Coalition Application in 2019-20

Topic: Admissions, Coalition Application, Uncategorized  |  Posted on March 7th, 2019  |  Written by Kat Stubing

School. Is. Almost. Out. For Summer. And now, dear seniors, the real work begins. Summer is the perfect time to firm up your list of target schools and get to know the platforms you will be using to submit your applications. If you’ve been wondering whether your dream schools are on the Common Application or […]

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 […]

The 2018-19 Early Action and Early Decision Acceptance Rates

Topic: Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 21st, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

To absolutely no one’s surprise, this was a very competitive year for college applications. With each passing year more applicants pen Early Action and Early Decision love letters to their dream schools. In response, top schools have carried on with  their tradition of accepting a very small percentage of these eager applicant pools (but still […]

How to Handle the Holidays as a High School Senior

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Uncategorized  |  Posted on December 12th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire, snowflakes are staying on your nose and eyelashes, and Santa Claus is comin’ to town. It’s also an incredibly stressful time for college applicants waiting on important announcements from their dream schools. If you are finding yourself in this anxiety-ridden boat this winter, don’t worry. Grab an oar […]

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 […]