Here's a list of the first colleges we've updated for the 2013-2014 application season.
You will notice that the asterisk before each of the following colleges has been removed in our database, indicating that the college is now updated:
- Boston College
- Georgetown University
- Georgia College and State University
- University of California-Berkeley
- University of California-Davis
- University of California-Irvine
- University of California-Los Angeles
- University of California-Merced
- University of California-Riverside
- University of California-San Diego
- University of California-Santa Barbara
- University of California-Santa Cruz
- University of Chicago
- University of Virginia
- Wesleyan College
Only a few colleges post their new applications this early. As many of you know, ALL college supplements will be available when the Common App goes live on August 1
(The Common App recently confirmed this on their Facebook page
.), but that won't get in the way of College Essay Organizer delivering essay questions to you even earlier!
Tip: For some updated colleges, certain questions may not yet be confirmed for the new season (eg, program-specific questions) so you will see a "Not Yet Updated" watermark behind such questions.
Note: If you are aware of any college that has released its new application but is not yet updated in College Essay Organizer, odds are we're already working on it. Keep in mind that we are updating not just the required questions but also the many program-specific, special applicant, and scholarship questions. That said, feel free to reply to this email noting any college application you believe is now available, and we will inform you when it will be live in College Essay Organizer.
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As promised, we won't wait until August 1 to update essay questions. Boston College and University of Chicago have confirmed their essay questions for the 2013-2014 season, and you can login to your College Essay Organizer account now to find them, or create your account here.
Last year we updated 286 schools before the Common App launched August 1, and we hope to break that record this year, so keep checking back for more updates in the weeks to come!
If you are aware of any college that has released its new application but is not yet updated in College Essay Organizer, odds are we're already working on it. Keep in mind that we are updating not just the required questions but also the many program-specific, special applicant, and scholarship questions. That said, feel free to reply to this email noting any college application you believe is now available, and we will inform you when it will be live in College Essay Organizer.
Here's to a great season!
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As the end of the school year approaches, juniors are beginning to wonder what they can do to prepare for the college admissions process ahead. Kristen Learner, the director of college counseling at The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Jeffrey Wong, a college counselor at the school, offer some advise on what to focus on during the summer months.
- Make sure you have a challenging group of classes for senior year. Colleges want to see that you're pushing yourself, and taking harder classes each year.
- Seek out teacher recommendations now, and pay attention to how a teacher responds to your request. If he or she sounds less than enthusiastic, you may want to consider a different teacher.
- Choose your summer plans carefully. Colleges want to see that you're doing something you love and developing your interests.
- Decide which standardized tests you will be taking
- Start your Common App main essay. College Essay Organizer already has it updated, and we'll be on top of all the supplements as well. Many students are worried about missing an essay question due to the new CA4 format, but College Essay Organizer has you covered.
Communicate early to avoid problems later.
Now that the college application process is over, students are shifting their focus to what lies ahead, and the thought of having a roommate in the fall is causing some anxiety. After all, no one wants to be stuck living with someone they hate. This article includes some great tips on how to handle even the toughest roommate situation. Here are a few highlights:
- Communication is key. Make sure to find out each other's pet peeves from the beginning so that you can be sensitive to them before they blow up into larger issues.
- Work out problems when they're small. We all know how quickly small misunderstandings can snowball, so make sure to discuss them early on.
- Respect each other's belongings. Don't assume that your roommate won't mind if you borrow something. Be sure to ask first and set clear guidelines.
- Remember the Golden Rule. Be sure to treat your roommate the way you would like to be treated. No matter how things turn out, at least you'll know that you acted the right way.
The earlier you start planning for the college application process, the easier it will be when you finally apply.
Now that the end of the school year is near, high school students are selecting their classes for the fall. With this process comes questions surrounding the best way to impress admissions officers down the road. The New York Times Choice blog has posted some great tips to consider when making your class selections. Questions that are addressed by Jeff Rickey, the vice president and dean of admissions and financial aid at St. Lawrence University, include:
- How important is a student's transcript when applying to colleges?
- What do admissions officers look for when reviewing a student's transcript?
- Is it a good idea to take challenging classes in subjects of little interest to the student?
- What is the best way to balance extracurricular activities and classes?
- Is it better to take Advanced Placement classes or classes at a local college?
- Is it better to have an A in an honor's class or a B in an Advanced Placement class?
To see the answers, click here.
You're almost there!
Congratulations on making it this far! You're almost done with high school and college is right around the corner, but you're not there yet. The New York Times Choice blog has provided a checklist here with some important points to remember:
- While it's easy to give in to spring fever, it's important to continue to prepare yourself for the demands that lie ahead. Being disciplined now will definitely pay off later, and a significant drop in academic performance could jeopardize your spot at the college you plan to attend in the fall.
- If you've made your decision on which college to attend, be happy knowing that you've done your research and made the best decision possible.
- Let other colleges know that you will not be accepting their offers so they can move to their wait-lists as necessary.
- If you are still on a wait-list, let the college know that you are still interested or take yourself off.
- Stay on top of college communications. You'll be receiving lots of forms that need to be filled out, so be sure to return them promptly.
- Now that you've made it through the application process, make sure to share the lessons you've learned with your younger friends, including any valuable technology you used (like College Essay Organizer) that helped you along the way.
- Plan your summer so that you're sure to have another great experience before college.
Most people would agree that the college application process is stressful for students. The pressure to get into a top college can be intense, and should a student decide to misrepresent himself on his applications, getting caught would likely mean getting shut out of all colleges. Colleges, however, may not be held to the same standards. Bending to pressures of their own, a growing number of colleges have chosen to falsify data in order to attract more elite applicants. Though they have faced little consequences as a result, news is finally reaching the ears of the public. Here are some of the colleges who have been in the news:
- Bucknell University admitted increasing students' SAT and ACT scores when reporting to magazines
- Claremont McKenna has falsified SAT scores
- Dickinson State University lied about the number of students enrolled
- Emory Univeristy falsified standardized test scores
- George Washington University admitted misrepresenting data
- Iona College misrepresented data not only to magazines, but also to its accreditor
- Scripps college lied about the debt its students will carry from loans
While unfortunate that students have another thing to worry about during the admissions process, it does highlight the fact that college rankings are not the best decision-making tool when selecting a college. See this article for a list of tips on how students can make the best decision when selecting a college.
Just when you think acceptance rates can't get any lower...
Now that college decisions are out, acceptance rates are trickling in, offering a realistic view of the admissions process. While many seniors experienced disappointments, it is easy to see that they are far from alone. Juniors who may already be experiencing some fear of what's to come can benefit from a larger view of the process as well. And it's important to keep in mind that, ultimately, the majority of students find a college that feels just right for them, even if it's not where they expected to end up.
Here are a few examples of top schools' acceptance rates that continue to go down each year:
- Columbia University had 33,531 applicants and accepted 2,311 applicants
- Brown University had 28,919 applicants and accepted 2,649 applicants
- Johns Hopkins had 20,614 applicants and accepted 3,465 applicants
- UNC at Chapel Hill had 30,815 applicants and accepted 7,806 applicants
For a complete list of available acceptance rates, click here.