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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 […]

The Key to Writing a Great Essay About a Grandparent

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions  |  Posted on October 8th, 2018  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you are settling into your desk chair and flexing your fingers, ready to dive headfirst into your essay and you just can’t shake the voice in your head telling you to write your essay about your grandparent. We get it, grandparents are awesome! They know so much about you! And you’ve gained so much […]

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 […]

How to Write an Effective Personal Statement for Grad School

Topic: Admissions, advice  |  Posted on August 29th, 2018  |  Written by Thea Hogarth

Every graduate program has a different name for it: personal statement, letter of intent, statement of purpose. But a rose by any other name is still a personal essay. While undergraduate institutions like to distinguish themselves with quirky essay questions, grad programs don’t have time for such adolescent antics. They want a straightforward narrative that […]

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 […]

Colleges That Don’t Require Any Supplemental Essays

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Uncategorized  |  Posted on July 19th, 2018  |  Written by CEA HQ

Maybe you want to apply to a few schools, but don’t want to write any essays. Perhaps you’ve already written so many supplemental essays that the thought of writing one more makes you want to lock yourself in your room with five family size bags of kettle corn and never come out. Maybe you’re just […]