The Key to a Great Essay

aha momentStudents definitely have a lot on their plates this fall, from re-taking standardized tests, maintaining strong grades, writing college essays, deciding where to apply, filling in applications, keeping active with can all feel overwhelming! But what if you were also dealing with trying to fulfill much more basic needs at the same time? And not even just for yourself, but for your whole family, including much younger siblings. It's just not a reality that many students have to think about, let alone face!

But once in a while there is a story that surfaces that affects us all, because it makes us take a second look at the world around us, and at ourselves. It invites us to look beyond the surface, to gain a new perspective, and to be grateful for the little details we take for granted each day. So, if you are reading this, and you are still looking for the key to a great essay, it evolves from that deeper look. Maybe you've dealt with issues like Viviana Andazola Marquez, or maybe you feel like your life has been pretty smooth and easy, but either way, anyone has the ability, through observation and self-examination, to connect the dots in a new way, and come up with that essay that not only stands out, but more importantly, creates an aha moment that allows us a fleeting glimpse of how we're all interconnected.

To read about Viviana's story, click here, and don't miss her essay, along with a couple other inspiring essays, here.

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New Second Early Decision Deadline for Boston University

bubulldogMost seniors want to apply Early Decision in order to maximize their chances of getting into their dream school, but what if you're just not ready in the fall? Boston University has added a second Early Decision deadline this year, giving students the added advantage of committing to a school later on January 4. This is the same deadline as Boston University's Regular Admission deadline, but you will be notified of a decision sooner!

Students applying to the second Early Decision deadline will be notified of a decision on February 15 with a deposit due on March 1, while students applying Regular Admission will be notified late March/early April with a deposit due on May 1. Keep in mind that students applying to accelerated programs need to meet a November 15 deadline, and for scholarships, students must apply by December 1.

Go Terriers!

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Time to Focus on that Last Standardized Test

A feeling we all know...

A feeling we all know . . . but the more you can keep it in perspective, the better!

If you're like a lot of seniors interested in competitive schools, you're probably planning on increasing your chances of getting in by applying early to your top-choice school.  And that means that you are probably hoping to increase your standardized test scores by taking them one last time this fall... Students typically see their biggest jump in the fall of their senior year, so definitely make sure you're registered, and start reviewing those practice tests if you took the summer off.

If you're unsure whether to take the ACT or SAT, know that more students are now taking the ACT each year than the SAT, and that trend is likely to continue. With significant changes planned for the SAT test, it makes sense for students to want to stick with the more predictable option. To learn more interesting statistics about the ACT and SAT, click here.

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Essay Questions Released for the 2015-2016 Season

Below is a list of all the schools that have been updated so far in College Essay Organizer for the 2015-2016 application season.

  1. John Fisher College
  2. Abilene Christian University
  3. Academy of Art University
  4. Adams State College
  5. Adelphi University
  6. Agnes Scott College
  7. Alaska Pacific University
  8. Albright College
  9. Alfred University
  10. Allegheny College
  11. Alma College
  12. American University
  13. American University of Paris
  14. Amherst College
  15. Appalachian State University
  16. Arcadia University
  17. Assumption College
  18. Augsburg College
  19. Augustana College (IL)
  20. Aurora University
  21. Austin Peay State University
  22. Babson College
  23. Ball State University
  24. Bard College
  25. Barnard College
  26. Baruch College of the City University of New York
  27. Bates College
  28. Beacon College
  29. Becker College
  30. Bellarmine University
  31. Belmont University
  32. Beloit College
  33. Bemidji State University
  34. Benedict College
  35. Bennington College
  36. Bentley University
  37. Berklee College of Music
  38. Berry College
  39. Birmingham-Southern College
  40. Bloomfield College
  41. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  42. Boise State University
  43. Boston College
  44. Boston University
  45. Bowdoin College
  46. Bowling Green State University
  47. Bradley University
  48. Brandeis University
  49. Brevard College
  50. Brooks Instiute
  51. Brown University
  52. Bryant University
  53. Bryn Mawr College
  54. Bucknell University
  55. Butler University
  56. Cabrini College
  57. California Institute of Technology
  58. California Lutheran University
  59. California Maritime Academy
  60. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
  61. California State University-Bakersfield
  62. California State University-Channel Islands
  63. California State University-Chico
  64. California State University-East Bay
  65. California State University-Fullerton
  66. California State University-Long Beach
  67. California State University-Los Angeles
  68. California State University-Monterey Bay
  69. California State University-Sacramento
  70. Calvin College
  71. Campbell University
  72. Canisius College
  73. Carleton College
  74. Carroll College
  75. Carroll University
  76. Case Western Reserve University
  77. Castelton State College
  78. Catholic University of America
  79. Cazenovia College
  80. Cedar Crest College
  81. Centenary College of Louisiana
  82. Central Michigan University
  83. Centre College
  84. Champlain College
  85. Chatham University
  86. Chicago State University
  87. Christian Brothers University in TN
  88. Citadel, The
  89. Claremont McKenna College
  90. Clark Atlanta University
  91. Clark University
  92. Clarkson University
  93. Clemson University
  94. Coastal Carolina University
  95. Coe College
  96. Colby College
  97. Colby-Sawyer College
  98. Colgate University
  99. College of Idaho
  100. College of New Jersey
  101. College of Saint Elizabeth
  102. College of St. Benedict
  103. College of St. Joseph
  104. College of St. Rose (NY)
  105. College of the Atlantic
  106. College of the Holy Cross
  107. College of the Ozarks
  108. College of Wooster
  109. Colorado College
  110. Colorado State University
  111. Columbia College Chicago
  112. Columbia University
  113. Columbus State University
  114. Concordia College
  115. Concordia University
  116. Concordia University (CA)
  117. Concordia University-Austin
  118. Connecticut College
  119. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  120. Cornell College
  121. Cornell University
  122. Creighton University
  123. Curry College
  124. Curtis Institute of Music
  125. Daemen College
  126. Dallas Baptist University
  127. Dartmouth College
  128. Davidson College
  129. Delaware State University
  130. DePaul University
  131. DePauw University
  132. DeSales University
  133. Dickinson College
  134. Drew University
  135. Drexel University
  136. Drury University
  137. Duquesne University
  138. Earlham College
  139. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  140. East Tennessee State University
  141. Eastern Michigan University
  142. Eastern Washington University
  143. Eckerd College
  144. Elizabethtown College
  145. Elon University
  146. Emmanuel College
  147. Emory and Henry College
  148. Endicott College
  149. Erskine College
  150. Fairfield University
  151. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  152. Fashion Institute of Technology
  153. Fisk University
  154. Flagler College
  155. Florida Atlantic University
  156. Florida Institute of Technology
  157. Florida International University
  158. Florida State University
  159. Fordham University
  160. Fort Valley State University
  161. Franklin and Marshall College
  162. Franklin Pierce University
  163. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  164. Frostburg State University
  165. Furman University
  166. Gannon University
  167. Georgetown University
  168. Georgia College and State University
  169. Georgia Institute of Technology
  170. Georgia Southern University
  171. Georgia State University
  172. Gettysburg College
  173. Gonzaga University
  174. Goshen College
  175. Goucher College
  176. Grinnell College
  177. Guilford College
  178. Hamilton College
  179. Hampshire College
  180. Hampton University
  181. Hanover College
  182. Hardin-Simmons University
  183. Harding University
  184. Hartwick College
  185. Harvard University
  186. Harvey Mudd College
  187. Hastings College
  188. Haverford College
  189. Hawaii Pacific University
  190. Hendrix College
  191. High Point University
  192. Hillsdale College
  193. Hiram College
  194. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  195. Hollins University
  196. Hope College
  197. Houghton College
  198. Howard University
  199. Idaho State University
  200. Illinois Institute of Technology
  201. Illinois Wesleyan University
  202. Indiana University
  203. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  204. Ithaca College
  205. James Madison University
  206. John Carroll University
  207. Johns Hopkins University
  208. Johnson University Florida
  209. Juniata College
  210. Kalamazoo College
  211. Kansas State University
  212. Kean University
  213. Kent State University
  214. Kenyon College
  215. King's College
  216. Knox College
  217. La Salle University
  218. Lafayette College
  219. Lake Forest College
  220. Lawrence University
  221. Le Moyne College
  222. Lehigh University
  223. Lewis & Clark College
  224. Linfield College
  225. Longwood University
  226. Louisiana State University
  227. Louisiana State University-Shreveport
  228. Louisiana Tech University
  229. Loyola Marymount University
  230. Loyola University Chicago
  231. Loyola University Maryland
  232. Loyola University New Orleans
  233. Luther College
  234. Lycoming College
  235. Lynchburg College
  236. Lyndon State College
  237. Lynn University
  238. Lyon College
  239. Macalester College
  240. Manhattan College
  241. Marist College
  242. Marlboro College
  243. Marquette University
  244. Marshall University
  245. Marymount Manhattan College
  246. Maryville College
  247. Maryville University of St. Louis
  248. Marywood University
  249. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  250. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  251. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  252. McDaniel College
  253. McGill University
  254. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
  255. Menlo College
  256. Mercer University
  257. Mercyhurst College
  258. Merrimack College
  259. Messiah College
  260. Miami University (OH)
  261. Michigan State University
  262. Michigan Technological University
  263. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  264. Middlebury College
  265. Millikin University
  266. Mills College
  267. Millsaps College
  268. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  269. Mississippi College
  270. Mississippi State University
  271. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  272. Monmouth College
  273. Monmouth University
  274. Moravian College
  275. Morehouse College
  276. Morgan State University
  277. Mount Saint Mary College
  278. Mount Saint Mary's University
  279. Mount St. Mary's University (MD)
  280. Muhlenberg College
  281. Murray State University
  282. Muskingum University
  283. Nazareth College
  284. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  285. New College of Florida
  286. New England College
  287. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  288. New Mexico State University
  289. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
  290. New York University
  291. Niagara University
  292. Nichols College
  293. Norfolk State University
  294. Northeastern University
  295. Northern Arizona University
  296. Northland College
  297. Northwestern University
  298. Notre Dame de Namur University
  299. Oberlin College
  300. Occidental College
  301. Ohio Northern University
  302. Ohio State University-Columbus
  303. Ohio University
  304. Ohio Wesleyan University
  305. Oklahoma State University
  306. Old Dominion University
  307. Olivet College
  308. Oregon Institute of Technology
  309. Oregon State University
  310. Pace University
  311. Pennsylvania State University-University Park
  312. Pepperdine University
  313. Philadelphia University
  314. Piedmont College
  315. Pine Manor College
  316. Pitzer College
  317. Point Park University
  318. Pomona College
  319. Portland State University
  320. Post University
  321. Prescott College
  322. Princeton University
  323. Providence College
  324. Purdue University-West Lafayette
  325. Queens University of Charlotte
  326. Quinnipiac University
  327. Radford University
  328. Randolph College
  329. Randolph-Macon College
  330. Regis College
  331. Regis University
  332. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  333. Rhode Island College
  334. Rhodes College
  335. Rice University
  336. Rider University
  337. Ringling College of Art & Design
  338. Ripon College
  339. Roanoke College
  340. Rochester Institute of Technology
  341. Rockland Community College
  342. Roger WIlliams University
  343. Rollins College
  344. Rosemont College
  345. Rowan University
  346. Russell Sage College
  347. Sacred Heart University
  348. Sage College of Albany
  349. Saint Anselm College
  350. Saint Francis University
  351. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  352. Saint Leo University
  353. Saint Martin's University
  354. Saint Mary's College (CA)
  355. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  356. Saint Michael's College
  357. Saint Vincent College
  358. Salem College
  359. Salisbury University
  360. Sam Houston State University
  361. San Diego State University
  362. San Francisco State University
  363. San Jose City College
  364. Santa Clara University
  365. Santa Fe Community College
  366. Santa Monica College
  367. Sarah Lawrence College
  368. Savannah State University
  369. Scripps College
  370. Seattle University
  371. Shenandoah University
  372. Shorter University
  373. Siena College
  374. Simmons College
  375. Skidmore College
  376. Smith College
  377. South Carolina State University
  378. South Dakota State University
  379. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  380. Southern Methodist University
  381. Southern Nazarene University
  382. Southern University at New Orleans
  383. Southwestern University
  384. Spelman College
  385. Spring Hill College
  386. Springfield College
  387. Catherine University
  388. John's College (MD)
  389. Lawrence University
  390. Louis College of Pharmacy
  391. Mary's College
  392. Mary's College of Maryland
  393. Olaf College
  394. Petersburg College
  395. Thomas Aquinas College
  396. Stanford University
  397. State University of New York at Albany
  398. State University of New York at Binghamton
  399. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
  400. State University of New York at Cortland
  401. State University of New York at Fredonia
  402. State University of New York at Geneseo
  403. State University of New York at New Paltz
  404. State University of New York at Old Westbury
  405. State University of New York at Oneonta
  406. State University of New York at Oswego
  407. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  408. State University of New York at Potsdam
  409. State University of New York at Purchase
  410. State University of New York at Stony Brook
  411. State University of New York-College at Brockport
  412. State University of New York-University at Buffalo
  413. Stephens College
  414. Sterling College
  415. Stetson University
  416. Stevens Institute of Technology
  417. Stockton University
  418. Stonehill College
  419. Suffolk University
  420. Susquehanna University
  421. Swarthmore College
  422. Syracuse University
  423. Temple University
  424. Texas Christian University
  425. Texas State University
  426. Texas Tech University
  427. Thomas College
  428. Towson University
  429. Transylvania University
  430. Trine University
  431. Troy University
  432. Truman State University
  433. Tufts University
  434. Tulane University
  435. Tusculum College
  436. Tuskegee University
  437. Union College
  438. United States Air Force Academy
  439. United States Merchant Marine Academy
  440. United States Naval Academy
  441. Unity College
  442. University of Alabama
  443. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  444. University of Alaska-Southeast
  445. University of Arizona
  446. University of Arkansas
  447. University of Bridgeport
  448. University of California-Berkeley
  449. University of California-Davis
  450. University of California-Irvine
  451. University of California-Los Angeles
  452. University of California-Merced
  453. University of California-Riverside
  454. University of California-San Diego
  455. University of California-Santa Barbara
  456. University of California-Santa Cruz
  457. University of Central Florida
  458. University of Chicago
  459. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  460. University of Colorado-Boulder
  461. University of Connecticut
  462. University of Dallas
  463. University of Dayton
  464. University of Denver
  465. University of Evansville
  466. University of Findlay
  467. University of Florida
  468. University of Georgia
  469. University of Great Falls
  470. University of Hartford
  471. University of Houston
  472. University of Idaho
  473. University of Illinois-Chicago
  474. University of Iowa
  475. University of Kansas
  476. University of La Verne
  477. University of Maine-Farmington
  478. University of Maine-Orono
  479. University of Mary
  480. University of Mary Washington
  481. University of Maryland-College Park
  482. University of Maryland-University College
  483. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  484. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  485. University of Massachusetts-Boston
  486. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  487. University of Miami
  488. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  489. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  490. University of Mississippi
  491. University of Missouri-Columbia
  492. University of Montevallo
  493. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  494. University of Nebraska-Omaha
  495. University of New England
  496. University of New Hampshire
  497. University of New Haven
  498. University of New Orleans
  499. University of North Carolina-Asheville
  500. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  501. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  502. University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  503. University of North Dakota
  504. University of North Florida
  505. University of North Georgia
  506. University of North Texas
  507. University of Northern Colorado
  508. University of Notre Dame
  509. University of Oregon
  510. University of Pennsylvania
  511. University of Pittsburgh
  512. University of Portland
  513. University of Puget Sound
  514. University of Redlands
  515. University of Rhode Island
  516. University of Richmond
  517. University of Rochester
  518. University of San Diego
  519. University of San Francisco
  520. University of Saskatchewan
  521. University of Scranton
  522. University of South Carolina-Columbia
  523. University of South Dakota
  524. University of South Florida
  525. University of Southern California
  526. University of St. Andrews
  527. University of St. Thomas
  528. University of Tampa
  529. University of Tennessee
  530. University of Texas-Arlington
  531. University of Texas-Austin
  532. University of Texas-Dallas
  533. University of the Pacific
  534. University of the Sciences
  535. University of Toronto
  536. University of Tulsa
  537. University of Vermont
  538. University of Victoria
  539. University of Virginia
  540. University of Western Ontario
  541. University of Wyoming
  542. Ursinus College
  543. Utica College
  544. Valdosta State University
  545. Valparaiso University
  546. Vanderbilt University
  547. Vassar College
  548. Villanova University
  549. Virginia Commonwealth University
  550. Virginia Tech
  551. Virginia Wesleyan College
  552. Wabash College
  553. Wagner College
  554. Wake Forest University
  555. Warren Wilson College
  556. Wartburg College
  557. Washington and Jefferson College
  558. Washington and Lee University
  559. Washington College
  560. Washington State University
  561. Washington University in St. Louis
  562. Webb Institute
  563. Wellesley College
  564. Wells College
  565. Wentworth Institute of Technology
  566. Wentworth Military Academy and College
  567. Wesleyan College
  568. Wesleyan University
  569. West Virginia University
  570. Western Carolina University
  571. Western Connecticut State University
  572. Western Michigan University
  573. Western New England University
  574. Westminster College (MO)
  575. Westminster College (PA)
  576. Westminster College of Salt Lake City
  577. Westmont College
  578. Wheaton College
  579. Whitman College
  580. Whittier College
  581. Widener University
  582. Willamette University
  583. William Jewell College
  584. William Paterson University
  585. Williams College
  586. Wingate University
  587. Winona State University (MN)
  588. Wittenberg University
  589. Wofford College
  590. Woodbury University
  591. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  592. Wright State University
  593. Xavier University (OH)
  594. Xavier University of Louisiana
  595. Yale University
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Interview with Dan Stern on College Admissions Toolbox

As students brace themselves for the mad scramble of the college admissions season, it's always helpful to have all the craziness put into perspective by a true expert in the field. Tune into this interview with Founder and President of College Essay Organizer Dan Stern on which brings sanity to the college admissions process and more importantly, to the college essay which brings the most anxiety to the application process. As Dan says, "Make it fun! You're applying to college, not prison!"

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Essay Questions Released for the 2015-2016 Season

Below is a list of all the schools that have been updated so far in College Essay Organizer for the 2015-2016 application season.

1. St. John Fisher College
2. Abilene Christian University
3. Academy of Art University
4. Adams State College
5. Alaska Pacific University
6. Albright College
7. Allegheny College
8. Alma College
9. American University
10. Amherst College
11. Augsburg College
12. Augustana College (IL)
13. Aurora University
14. Austin Peay State University
15. Babson College
16. Bard College
17. Barnard College
18. Bates College
19. Beacon College
20. Becker College
21. Bemidji State University
22. Benedict College
23. Bennington College
24. Bentley University
25. Berklee College of Music
26. Berry College
27. Birmingham-Southern College
28. Boise State University
29. Boston College
30. Boston University
31. Bowdoin College
32. Bowling Green State University
33. Bradley University
34. Brandeis University
35. Brooks Instiute
36. Brown University
37. Bryant University
38. Bryn Mawr College
39. Bucknell University
40. Butler University
41. Cabrini College
42. California Institute of Technology
43. California Lutheran University
44. California Maritime Academy
45. California State University-Bakersfield
46. California State University-Channel Islands
47. California State University-Chico
48. California State University-East Bay
49. California State University-Fullerton
50. California State University-Long Beach
51. California State University-Los Angeles
52. California State University-Monterey Bay
53. California State University-Sacramento
54. Canisius College
55. Carleton College
56. Carroll College
57. Case Western Reserve University
58. Castelton State College
59. Catholic University of America
60. Cazenovia College
61. Centenary College of Louisiana
62. Central Michigan University
63. Centre College
64. Chicago State University
65. Christian Brothers University in TN
66. Citadel, The
67. Claremont McKenna College
68. Clark Atlanta University
69. Clark University
70. Clarkson University
71. Clemson University
72. Coastal Carolina University
73. Coe College
74. Colby College
75. Colgate University
76. College of Idaho
77. College of Saint Elizabeth
78. College of St. Joseph
79. College of St. Rose (NY)
80. College of the Holy Cross
81. College of the Ozarks
82. College of Wooster
83. Colorado College
84. Colorado State University
85. Columbia College Chicago
86. Columbia University
87. Concordia College
88. Concordia University
89. Concordia University (CA)
90. Concordia University-Austin
91. Connecticut College
92. Cornell College
93. Cornell University
94. Creighton University
95. Curry College
96. Curtis Institute of Music
97. Dallas Baptist University
98. Dartmouth College
99. Davidson College
100. Delaware State University
101. DePaul University
102. DeSales University
103. Dickinson College
104. Drexel University
105. Drury University
106. Duke University
107. Duquesne University
108. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
109. East Tennessee State University
110. Eastern Michigan University
111. Eastern Washington University
112. Eckerd College
113. Elizabethtown College
114. Elon University
115. Emmanuel College
116. Emory and Henry College
117. Endicott College
118. Fairfield University
119. Fairleigh Dickinson University
120. Flagler College
121. Florida Atlantic University
122. Florida Institute of Technology
123. Florida International University
124. Florida State University
125. Fordham University
126. Fort Valley State University
127. Franklin and Marshall College
128. Franklin Pierce University
129. Furman University
130. Georgetown University
131. Georgia College and State University
132. Georgia Institute of Technology
133. Georgia Southern University
134. Gettysburg College
135. Gonzaga University
136. Goucher College
137. Grinnell College
138. Guilford College
139. Hamilton College
140. Hardin-Simmons University
141. Harding University
142. Hartwick College
143. Harvard University
144. Harvey Mudd College
145. Hastings College
146. Haverford College
147. High Point University
148. Hiram College
149. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
150. Howard University
151. Idaho State University
152. Illinois Wesleyan University
153. Indiana University
154. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
155. Ithaca College
156. James Madison University
157. John Carroll University
158. Johns Hopkins University
159. Juniata College
160. Kansas State University
161. Kean University
162. Kent State University
163. Kenyon College
164. Knox College
165. Lafayette College
166. Lake Forest College
167. Le Moyne College
168. Lehigh University
169. Lewis & Clark College
170. Longwood University
171. Louisiana State University
172. Louisiana State University-Shreveport
173. Louisiana Tech University
174. Loyola Marymount University
175. Loyola University Chicago
176. Loyola University Maryland
177. Loyola University New Orleans
178. Luther College
179. Lyndon State College
180. Lynn University
181. Macalester College
182. Manhattan College
183. Marymount Manhattan College
184. Maryville University of St. Louis
185. Marywood University
186. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
187. McDaniel College
188. McGill University
189. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
190. Menlo College
191. Mercer University
192. Merrimack College
193. Messiah College
194. Miami University (OH)
195. Michigan State University
196. MidAmerica Nazarene University
197. Middlebury College
198. Millikin University
199. Mills College
200. Millsaps College
201. Milwaukee School of Engineering
202. Mississippi College
203. Monmouth University
204. Morehouse College
205. Morgan State University
206. Mount Saint Mary College
207. Mount Saint Mary's University
208. Muhlenberg College
209. Murray State University
210. Muskingum College
211. Nebraska Wesleyan University
212. New College of Florida
213. New England College
214. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
215. New Mexico State University
216. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
217. New York University
218. Niagara University
219. Nichols College
220. Norfolk State University
221. Northeastern University
222. Northland College
223. Northwestern University
224. Notre Dame de Namur University
225. Oberlin College
226. Occidental College
227. Ohio State University-Columbus
228. Ohio Wesleyan University
229. Oklahoma State University
230. Old Dominion University
231. Olivet College
232. Oregon Institute of Technology
233. Oregon State University
234. Pace University
235. Pepperdine University
236. Pine Manor College
237. Pitzer College
238. Pomona College
239. Portland State University
240. Post University
241. Princeton University
242. Providence College
243. Purdue University-West Lafayette
244. Queens University of Charlotte
245. Quinnipiac University
246. Randolph College
247. Randolph-Macon College
248. Regis University
249. Rhode Island College
250. Rhodes College
251. Rice University
252. Rider University
253. Ringling College of Art & Design
254. Ripon College
255. Roanoke College
256. Rockland Community College
257. Roger WIlliams University
258. Rollins College
259. Rosemont College
260. Russell Sage College
261. Sacred Heart University
262. Sage College of Albany
263. Saint Anselm College
264. Saint Francis University
265. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
266. Saint Leo University
267. Saint Martin's University
268. Saint Mary's College (CA)
269. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
270. Saint Michael's College
271. Salem College
272. San Diego State University
273. San Francisco State University
274. San Jose City College
275. Santa Clara University
276. Santa Fe Community College
277. Santa Monica College
278. Sarah Lawrence College
279. Savannah State University
280. Scripps College
281. Seattle University
282. Shenandoah University
283. Shorter University
284. Skidmore College
285. Smith College
286. South Carolina State University
287. South Dakota State University
288. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
289. Southern Nazarene University
290. Southern University at New Orleans
291. Southwestern University
292. Spring Hill College
293. Springfield College
294. St. Catherine University
295. St. Lawrence University
296. St. Louis College of Pharmacy
297. St. Mary's College
298. St. Petersburg College
299. St. Thomas Aquinas College
300. Stanford University
301. State University of New York at Albany
302. State University of New York at Binghamton
303. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
304. State University of New York at Cortland
305. State University of New York at Fredonia
306. State University of New York at Old Westbury
307. State University of New York at Oneonta
308. State University of New York at Oswego
309. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
310. State University of New York at Potsdam
311. State University of New York-College at Brockport
312. State University of New York-University at Buffalo
313. Stephens College
314. Sterling College
315. Stetson University
316. Suffolk University
317. Swarthmore College
318. Syracuse University
319. Texas Christian University
320. Thomas College
321. Trine University
322. Troy University
323. Truman State University
324. Tufts University
325. Tulane University
326. Tusculum College
327. Tuskegee University
328. Union College
329. United States Air Force Academy
330. United States Merchant Marine Academy
331. United States Naval Academy
332. University of Alabama
333. University of Alabama-Huntsville
334. University of Alaska-Southeast
335. University of Arizona
336. University of Arkansas
337. University of Bridgeport
338. University of California-Berkeley
339. University of California-Davis
340. University of California-Irvine
341. University of California-Los Angeles
342. University of California-Merced
343. University of California-Riverside
344. University of California-San Diego
345. University of California-Santa Barbara
346. University of California-Santa Cruz
347. University of Central Florida
348. University of Chicago
349. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
350. University of Colorado-Boulder
351. University of Connecticut
352. University of Dayton
353. University of Denver
354. University of Findlay
355. University of Florida
356. University of Georgia
357. University of Great Falls
358. University of Hartford
359. University of Idaho
360. University of Illinois-Chicago
361. University of Iowa
362. University of Kansas
363. University of Mary
364. University of Maryland-University College
365. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
366. University of Massachusetts-Boston
367. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
368. University of Miami
369. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
370. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
371. University of Mississippi
372. University of Missouri-Columbia
373. University of Montevallo
374. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
375. University of Nebraska-Omaha
376. University of New England
377. University of New Hampshire
378. University of New Haven
379. University of New Orleans
380. University of North Carolina-Asheville
381. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
382. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
383. University of North Dakota
384. University of North Florida
385. University of North Georgia
386. University of Northern Colorado
387. University of Notre Dame
388. University of Pennsylvania
389. University of Pittsburgh
390. University of Portland
391. University of Puget Sound
392. University of Redlands
393. University of Rhode Island
394. University of Richmond
395. University of Rochester
396. University of San Diego
397. University of San Francisco
398. University of Saskatchewan
399. University of Scranton
400. University of South Carolina-Columbia
401. University of South Dakota
402. University of South Florida
403. University of Southern California
404. University of St. Andrews
405. University of Tampa
406. University of Tennessee
407. University of the Pacific
408. University of the Sciences
409. University of Toronto
410. University of Vermont
411. University of Victoria
412. University of Virginia
413. University of Western Ontario
414. Ursinus College
415. Valdosta State University
416. Vanderbilt University
417. Vassar College
418. Villanova University
419. Virginia Tech
420. Virginia Wesleyan College
421. Wake Forest University
422. Warren Wilson College
423. Wartburg College
424. Washington and Jefferson College
425. Washington College
426. Washington State University
427. Washington University in St. Louis
428. Webb Institute
429. Wellesley College
430. Wentworth Institute of Technology
431. Wentworth Military Academy and College
432. Wesleyan College
433. Wesleyan University
434. Western Connecticut State University
435. Western Michigan University
436. Western New England University
437. Westminster College (PA)
438. Wheaton College
439. Whitman College
440. Whittier College
441. Widener University
442. Willamette University
443. William Jewell College
444. William Paterson University
445. Williams College
446. Winona State University (MN)
447. Wittenberg University
448. Wofford College
449. Woodbury University
450. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
451. Wright State University
452. Xavier University of Louisiana
453. Yale University


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Essay Questions Released for the 2015-2016 Season

Below is a list of all the schools that have been updated so far in College Essay Organizer for the 2015-2016 application season.

Academy of Art University
Adams State College
Amherst College
Aurora University
Austin Peay State University
Beacon College
Becker College
Bemidji State University
Berklee College of Music
Boise State University
Boston College
Brooks Instiute
Bucknell University
Butler University
California Maritime Academy
California State University-Bakersfield
California State University-Channel Islands
California State University-Chico
California State University-East Bay
California State University-Fullerton
California State University-Long Beach
California State University-Los Angeles
California State University-Monterey Bay
California State University-Sacramento
Central Michigan University
Coastal Carolina University
Concordia College
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
East Tennessee State University
Eastern Washington University
Elon University
Florida International University
Florida State University
Fort Valley State University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Harding University
Hastings College
Idaho State University
Indiana University
Kansas State University
Kent State University
Louisiana State University
Louisiana Tech University
Louisiana State University-Shreveport
Marywood University
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Michigan State University
MidAmerica Nazarene University
Middlebury College
Millikin University
Millsaps College
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Mississippi College
Mount Saint Mary College
Murray State University
Nebraska Wesleyan University
New England College
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
New Mexico State University
New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
Nichols College
Norfolk State University
Notre Dame de Namur University
Ohio State University-Columbus
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oklahoma State University
Olivet College
Oregon Institute of Technology
Pine Manor College
Portland State University
Princeton University
Randolph-Macon College
Regis University
Rider University
Ripon College
Rockland Community College
Rosemont College
Saint Francis University
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Saint Leo University
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
San Francisco State University
San Jose City College
Santa Fe Community College
Santa Monica College
Savannah State University
Shorter University
South Carolina State University
Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
Southern Nazarene University
Southern University at New Orleans
Southwestern University
Spring Hill College
Springfield College
St. Catherine University
St. John Fisher College
St. Petersburg College
Stephens College
Trine University
Troy University
Tufts University
Tusculum College
Tuskegee University
United States Air Force Academy
University of Alabama
University of Alaska-Southeast
University of Arkansas
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 Central Florida
University of Colorado-Boulder
University of Dayton
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Mary
University of Maryland-University College
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
University of Mississippi
University of Montevallo
University of Nebraska-Omaha
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
University of North Dakota
University of Northern Colorado
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Saskatchewan
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Virginia
University of Western Ontario
Villanova University
Wake Forest University
Webb Institute
Wellesley College
Wentworth Military Academy and College
Widener University
Winona State University (MN)
Wright State University
Yale University

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Colleges Make the Common App Essay Optional for 2015-2016 Season

cropped-ca-logo4-e1393203803100The Common App is well known for allowing students to apply to several hundred schools using one application and requiring one main essay. While the more competitive schools include supplemental essays in order to apply, there are other schools where the admissions officers prefer applicants to not have to write any essay at all, and the Common App has given colleges this very option for the 2015-2016 season, encouraging additional schools to join.

For more information and an unofficial list of Common App schools that will not be requiring an essay this season, please check out this article by Nancy Griesemer.

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Oklahoma State, Yale, and Others Release 2015-2016 Essay Questions

Oklahoma State, Yale University, Princeton, and others continue to post their essay questions for the 2015-2016 season helping students jump-start the essay-writing process. Summer is definitely the best time to start before the fall frenzyosu gets underway. If you are looking for the most creative essay prompt to get you started, Oklahoma State is sure not to disappoint. Here's a sneak peek at their prompts:

A) “If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop digging,” a cowboy proverb says. Describe a time you had to “stop digging” in order to solve a problem. How did this help you assess the situation and develop a solution?

B) Imagine you have the chance to spend one hour shadowing a person in your dream job. What would you do to prepare for this experience? What two questions would you ask during your time together?

C) “Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes,” Margaret J. Wheatley said. What behaviors define your leadership style? Describe a time you behaved like a leader. What impact did your actions have on yourself and others?

D) If you had a secret superhero identity, what would it be? Describe a superhero alter-ego of your own creation, including your superpowers and how you got them.

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Georgetown University 2015-2016 Essay Questions Available in College Essay Organizer

gtownGeorgetown University, a non-Common App school, can only be applied to through its school application which recently went live for the 2015-2016 application season. It has a two-part application process, which requires students to first submit Part 1 of the application along with a payment of $75 before moving on to Part 2 and accessing the essay questions.

Students who aren't sure about whether or not they want to apply to Georgetown or educational consultants who need the questions early can view the essay requirements by logging into their College Essay Organizer accounts here.


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