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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 […]

Fast Facts about the University of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Washington

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, College Spotlight, Uncategorized  |  Posted on November 20th, 2017  |  Written by Kat Stubing

So you’re interested in attending a large university in the Great White North, eh? Well, there are some things you should consider first. For example, did you know University of Michigan requires three supplemental essays? Or that the University of Washington gives students the opportunity to respond to two optional essay prompts? Is the fact that […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Outline Your Personal Statement Like a Boss

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Tips, Essay Writing, Tips, Uncategorized  |  Posted on October 18th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Okay, so you have drilled and drilled until your fingers could tap no more and your noggin was verifiably empty. You have thousands of words on the page and you have color coded your best material for building out the big picture and filling in the meaningful details. Now what? Could it be that it’s […]

New Additions to The Supplemental Essay Guide: TU and JHU!

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on October 11th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Fear not, young students, for we have heard your pleas! We have added supplemental essay guides for both the University of Texas at Austin and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore!! Yay!!!           While the University of Texas requires one long essay and three short essays from most applicants, JHU only requires […]

We Have New Guides for the NYU, Columbia, and University of California Essays!

Topic: Admissions, advice, College Admissions, Essay Writing, Supplemental Essays  |  Posted on September 29th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Hello essay rockstars! We have published new guides to help you navigate the tricky prompts brought to you by the 2017-18 college application season gremlins. Although some prompts can seem straightforward, it’s important to always keep your audience (admissions officers!) in mind. The supplemental prompt for NYU fits the model of a standard Why Essay, […]

What It’s Like to be a College Admissions Officer

Topic: Admissions, College Admissions, Essay Resources  |  Posted on September 25th, 2017  |  Written by CEA HQ

Imagine you’re a college admissions officer. You’re pumped to dive into your pile of new applicants. You’re jazzed to see what the students of 2017 have to bring to your academic community. You’re responsible for viewing over 1,000 applications per season! This means 40 applications a day and 8.5 an hour! This gives you about […]

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