College Essay Organizer's New Alert System Is Live

College Essay Organizer has created a new alert system to allow students and counselors to communicate with each other directly. This system simplifies the collaboration process between student and counselor, and instantly tells each user when new essay drafts or notes are ready to be reviewed.

With this easy-to-use alert system, College Essay Organizer functions as a comprehensive tool for the entire college essay process. Members are already telling us how much easier this makes everything. And that's what we're all about: making applying to college simple, stress-free and successful. Now go enjoy your last weekend of July before the Common App goes live on Monday!

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A High Point in the 2011-2012 Application Season Before the Common App is Released August 1

A High Point in the 2011-2012 Application Season

Our research team has been busy churning out updates this week.  Here’s a preview of schools that have been recently updated in College Essay Organizer for those eagerly anticipating our weekly email, and expect hundreds more when the Common App goes live August 1:

  1. Alfred University
  2. Arizona State University
  3. Benedict College
  4. Bloomfield College
  5. Bowling Green State University
  6. Calvin College
  7. Campbell University
  8. Christendom College
  9. Delaware State University
  10. High Point University
  11. Louisiana State University
  12. Louisiana Tech University
  13. Lynchburg College
  14. Ohio State-Columbus
  15. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  16. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  17. University of Mississippi
  18. University of South Dakota
  19. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

High Point University deserves special notice since they revamped some of their required questions. Here is our favorite new essay prompt:

You are a contestant on Jeopardy!. It’s time for your introduction, in which you introduce yourself and tell a short, interesting story or factoid about your life. Here’s your chance to be famous: What story do you tell to millions of Jeopardy! viewers?

Now, while you’re dreaming of being famous, don’t forget to get cracking on this season’s creative selection of college essays!

University of Notre Dame Releases New, Riskier Question for the 2011-2012 Application

Will you take a risk when you write your essays?

Schools continue to release new essay questions or confirm that last year’s questions will remain the same for the new season.

For those California dreaming, you can get busy writing now that the University of California has confirmed that the questions will stay the same.

University of Notre Dame introduced new essay topics, and while we like the new options, especially “You have 150 words. Take a risk.” students of a more observant and detail-oriented nature may have preferred last year’s topics including, “What is one small detail in the world that you notice and wish others did, too?” and “Tell us about a time when you have surprised others or yourself by doing something unexpected.”

If you’re applying to Elon University, we noticed that the online application does not list the designated essay topic required for those applying to its Gap Semester Program. The school has been notified, and the application will be fixed soon. In the meantime, check out the pdf of the application on the school’s site or use College Essay Organizer to seek out the question.

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Great Feedback For College Essay Organizer on Mobile Devices

College Essay OrganizerA College Essay Organizer user from last year recently wrote in to point out the usefulness of CEO, not only in its traditional form, but also on iPhones and iPads. College Essay Organizer's easy-to-use tools can be accessed on all kinds of formats, which can be especially helpful for students working on their applications while on summer vacation:

The QuickFinder was extremely helpful for the non-Common App schools which had "segmented" applications (i.e. "finish part one and THEN you get to see the essays.") Also, your website is more easily accessible on the mobile web browser on my iPhone than This was a life saver when the power went out at my house upstate, and the only internet-capable device within reach was my phone.

So stick with College Essay Organizer through the summer months! We'll keep on updating while you keep things simple.

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Amherst College Released its 2011-2012 Essay Questions

For those of you who are using College Essay Organizer to get an early start on the college essay writing process, you will notice that as a school in updated, the asterisk automatically disappears next to the college's name. Also note that updated colleges will list the "Type" first and "Question" second. The following is a list of colleges that have been updated in the last week:

1. Amherst College

2. Pomona College

3. St. Edward's University

4. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

5. Wake Forest University

Expect to see even more updates in late July and early August. We'll be on top of all the newly released applications for you.

Please Note: If you are aware of any college that has released its new application but is not yet updated in College Essay Organizer, keep in mind that we search for not just the required questions but also the program-specific, special applicant, and scholarship questions. However, feel free to email us at noting any colleges whose applications you know have been released, and we will inform you when they will be live in College Essay Organizer.

In addition, for counselors working with students, we will soon be adding a new alert system in your account to allow for easy communication. Be on the look out for more details on how to use it.

IECA and College Essay Organizer Announce Strategic Partnership

IECA LogoThe IECA just put out a press release about our new strategic partnership. Here is the full text:


July 12, 2011

IECA and College Essay Organizer Announce Strategic Partnership: All Members Receive Free Accounts

Fairfax, VA—IECA is proud to announce an exclusive strategic partnership with College Essay Organizer. “We have always been committed to offering our membership the most innovative and unique benefits,” said IECA Executive Director, Mark Sklarow. “Particularly in regard to new technology that saves members time and helps them work smarter.” With this in mind, IECA will now provide interested IECA members with free College Essay Organizer student accounts during each college application season, in addition to the already specially discounted rates for IECA members. Each member of IECA will receive one free student account valued at $49; any member purchasing nine or more student accounts directly from College Essay Organizer will get an additional free account. (The more student accounts a member purchases, the lower the per student rate.)

Member feedback on this one-of-a kind web tool has been overwhelmingly positive since it was first unveiled at last year’s IECA conference. In this short time, hundreds of members have begun working with College Essay Organizer. “We designed our Web site with independent educational consultants in mind,” said Dan Stern, President of College Essay Organizer. “Our goal has always been to help IECA members optimize their time and ensure an even more professional way of running, and growing, their businesses.”

For those who are new to College Essay Organizer, this partnership will give IECA members the opportunity to discover how this easy-to-use, groundbreaking technology will save time, reduce anxiety, and allow members to work more efficiently during the busy application season. IECA members who already know the value of College Essay Organizer will enjoy the additional savings with their free account(s).

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University of Chicago Releases the Most Interesting Questions for 2011-2012 So Far

Will University of Chicago win our 2011-2012 most interesting essay question award?

We’ve had another exciting day of seeing what’s out there! University of Georgia, University of Chicago, and University of Florida were among the colleges that released some of their 2011-2012 essay questions.

For those of you who have been reading countless essay questions, University of Chicago’s new questions will definitely put some glee in your day. It’s always refreshing to come across a school that is dedicated to breaking conformity and getting your creative juices flowing. You can’t help but smile when you hear a question like, “Don’t write about reverse psychology,” or, “What does Play-Doh™ have to do with Plato?”

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The Latest College Essay Questions Released for 2011-2012

More colleges released their 2011-2012 essay questions over the weekend - updated schools now include Florida State University, Wilkes University, and Georgia College and State University.

Florida State in particular is notable for releasing its primary application essay question far in advance of the actual application. The good people at Florida State clearly understand how important the essay is to the application and are putting emphasis on the prep work students ought to do on it. FSU's prompt is new for this application season and focuses on leadership, learning, and global awareness.

Our search for new essay prompts also led us to the requirements for Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, where we found not one but two typos in their primary essay question! Another example of how schools can hold students to standards they do not practice themselves. Remember to always put your best foot forward in your writing, and proof read. Something as simple as spelling can be a deal breaker.

College Essay Organizer's founder wrote an article for the New York Times on just this subject once upon a time. Have a look.

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College Essay Questions Released for 2011-2012

What makes you tick? Colleges want to know.

Several colleges released their 2011-2012 essay questions this week, giving students an enjoyable way to spend their 4th of July holiday!

Updated schools including University of Colorado-Boulder, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Michigan-Ann Arbor kept their essay questions the same, but others did not disappoint in delivering more creative options.

As expected, all of the schools kept with the theme of, as one of Tufts’ questions from last year puts it, “What makes you tick?” Tufts replaced it with another question demonstrating that it still wants to get to know its prospective students:

For the second short response we asked you to consider the world around you. Now, consider the world within. Taste in music, food and clothing can make a statement while politics, sports, religion and ethnicity are often defining attributes.  Are you a vegetarian?  A poet?  Do you prefer You Tube or test tubes, Mac or PC?  Are you the drummer in an all-girl rock band?  Do you tinker? Use the richness of your identity to frame your personal outlook.  (200-250 words)

University of Virginia also had a couple of interesting developments in its application, adding a question about its Kinesiology program, and swapping its question related to Mark Bauerlain’s The Dumbest Generation to a more intriguing prompt: “Discuss something you secretly like but pretend not to, or vice versa.”

Definitely thoughts to ponder, while relaxing on the beach this weekend!

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