College of William And Mary 2011 Essay Requirements

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In addition to the Common App's basic essay requirements, The College of William and Mary asks students to respond to an optional prompt that's wide open:

Beyond your impressive academic credentials and extracurricular accomplishments, what else makes you unique and colorful?

We know that nobody fits neatly into 500 words or less, but you can provide us with some suggestion of the type of person you are. Anything goes! Inspire us, impress us or just make us laugh. Think of this optional opportunity as show and tell by proxy and with an attitude, but please restrict your submission to what will fit on one sheet of paper.

These kinds of prompts should always be taken advantage of. Remember that the college essay is a vital opportunity to let the school know specific details about your background that the application itself won't reveal. You have precious few chances to let the school know about your side of "the deal" - those qualities you have that the school wants in its student body. Make sure to take them!

Even if you feel like you don't have a special extra curricular or professional experience that makes you stand out from the crowd, choose to focus on the things you love, and your passion for those subjects will shine through. Anything that improves the chances of the admission officer remembering you and your application is worth the effort.

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Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2011/2012 Application Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated for the 2011/2012 application season in College Essay Organizer through August 25th. Expect this list to continue to grow each week.

  1. Agnes Scott College
  2. Albright College
  3. Alfred University
  4. Allegheny College
  5. Alma College
  6. American University
  7. American University of Paris
  8. American University of Rome
  9. Amherst College
  10. Arcadia University
  11. Arizona State University
  12. Auburn University
  13. Augustana College
  14. Austin College
  15. Babson College
  16. Baldwin-Wallace College
  17. Bard College at Simon's Rock
  18. Barnard College
  19. Barry University
  20. Bates College
  21. Baylor University
  22. Belmont University
  23. Beloit College
  24. Benedict College
  25. Bennington College
  26. Bentley University
  27. Berea College
  28. Berklee College of Music
  29. Berry College
  30. Birmingham-Southern College
  31. Bloomfield College
  32. Boise State University
  33. Boston University
  34. Bowdoin College
  35. Bowling Green State University
  36. Bradley University
  37. Brevard College
  38. Brigham Young University-Provo
  39. Brown University
  40. Bryant University
  41. Bryn Mawr College
  42. Bucknell University
  43. Butler University
  44. Cabrini College
  45. California College of the Arts
  46. California Institute of Technology
  47. California Lutheran University
  48. California State University-Bakersfield
  49. California State University-East Bay
  50. California State University-Fullerton
  51. California State University-Long Beach
  52. California State University-Monterey Bay
  53. Calvin College
  54. Campbell University
  55. Carleton College
  56. Carnegie Mellon University
  57. Carroll University
  58. Catholic University of America
  59. Cedar Crest College
  60. Centenary College of Louisiana
  61. Centre College
  62. Chatham University
  63. Christendom College
  64. Christian Brothers University in TN
  65. Claremont McKenna College
  66. Clark Atlanta University
  67. Clarkson University
  68. Clemson University
  69. Coe College
  70. Colgate University
  71. College of Idaho
  72. College of New Jersey
  73. College of St. Benedict
  74. College of the Atlantics
  75. College of the Holy Cross
  76. College of the Ozarks
  77. College of Wooster
  78. Colorado College
  79. Colorado Mesa University
  80. Colorado School of Mines
  81. Columbia College Chicago
  82. Columbia University
  83. Connecticut College
  84. Cornell University
  85. Creighton University
  86. Daemen College
  87. Dartmouth College
  88. Davidson College
  89. Delaware State University
  90. Denison University
  91. DePauw University
  92. Drake University
  93. Drexel University
  94. Duke University
  95. Duquesne University
  96. Earlham College
  97. Eastern Mennonite University
  98. Elmira College
  99. Elon University
  100. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  101. Emory and Henry College
  102. Emory University
  103. Erskine College
  104. Eugene Lang College
  105. Fairfield University
  106. Fisher College (MA)
  107. Fisk University
  108. Flagler College
  109. Florida Atlantic University
  110. Florida Institute of Technology
  111. Florida International University
  112. Florida Southern College
  113. Florida State University
  114. Fordham University
  115. Franklin and Marshall College
  116. Franklin Pierce University
  117. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  118. Fresno Pacific University
  119. Furman University
  120. Gannon University
  121. George Fox University
  122. Georgetown College
  123. Georgetown University
  124. Georgia College and State University
  125. Georgia Institute of Technology
  126. Georgia Southern University
  127. Gonzaga University
  128. Gordon College
  129. Goshen College
  130. Goucher College
  131. Green Mountain College
  132. Grinnell College
  133. Guilford College
  134. Hamilton College
  135. Hampshire College
  136. Hampton University
  137. Hanover College
  138. Harvard College
  139. Hastings College
  140. Hendrix College
  141. High Point University
  142. Hillsdale College
  143. Hiram College
  144. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  145. Hollins University
  146. Hood College
  147. Illinois Institute of Technology
  148. Indiana University
  149. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  150. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
  151. Indiana Wesleyan University
  152. Iowa State University
  153. Jacksonville University
  154. John Carroll University
  155. Kansas State University
  156. Keene State College
  157. Kenyon College
  158. Knox College
  159. La Salle University
  160. Lake Forest College
  161. Lees-McRae College
  162. Lehigh University
  163. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  164. Lesley College
  165. Linfield College
  166. Longwood University
  167. Louisiana State University
  168. Louisiana Tech University
  169. Loyola Marymount University
  170. Loyola University Maryland
  171. Loyola University New Orleans
  172. Lynchburg College
  173. Lyon College
  174. Macalester College
  175. Macaulay Honors
  176. Maine College of Art
  177. Marlboro College
  178. Marquette University
  179. Marshall University
  180. Marymount Manhattan College
  181. Marymount University (VA)
  182. Maryville College
  183. Marywood University
  184. Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  185. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  186. McDaniel College
  187. Menlo College
  188. Mercyhurst College
  189. Methodist University
  190. Miami University (OH)
  191. Michigan Technological University
  192. Middlebury College
  193. Mills College
  194. Millsaps College
  195. Misericordia University
  196. Mississippi College
  197. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  198. Monmouth College
  199. Monmouth University
  200. Moravian College
  201. Morgan State University
  202. Mount Union College
  203. Murray State University
  204. Muskingum College
  205. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  206. New College of Florida
  207. New England College
  208. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  209. Newbury College
  210. Norfolk State University
  211. Northeastern University
  212. Northern Arizona University
  213. Northland College
  214. Northwestern University
  215. Nova Southeastern University
  216. Oberlin College
  217. Occidental College
  218. Ohio Northern University
  219. Ohio State University-Columbus
  220. Oklahoma State University
  221. Otterbein University
  222. Pacific Union College
  223. Palm Beach Atlantic University
  224. Paul Smith's College
  225. Pepperdine University
  226. Piedmont College
  227. Pitzer College
  228. Pomona College
  229. Post University
  230. Prescott College
  231. Princeton University
  232. Principia College
  233. Purdue University-West Lafayette
  234. Quinnipiac University
  235. Ramapo College of New Jersey
  236. Randolph College
  237. Randolph-Macon College
  238. Reed College
  239. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  240. Rhodes College
  241. Rice University
  242. Ripon College
  243. Roanoke College
  244. Rochester Institute of Technology
  245. Roger WIlliams University
  246. Roosevelt University
  247. Rosemont College
  248. Sacred Heart University
  249. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  250. Saint Joseph's University
  251. Saint Louis University
  252. Saint Mary's College (CA)
  253. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  254. Saint Michael's College
  255. Saint Vincent College
  256. Salisbury University
  257. San Francisco State University
  258. Sarah Lawrence College
  259. Scripps College
  260. Seattle University
  261. Sewanee: The University of the South
  262. Shenandoah University
  263. Skidmore College
  264. Smith College
  265. South Carolina State University
  266. South Dakota State University
  267. Southern Methodist University
  268. Southern New Hampshire University
  269. Southwestern University
  270. Spelman College
  271. Springfield College
  272. St. Edward's University
  273. St. John's College (MD)
  274. St. John's College (NM)
  275. St. Lawrence University
  276. St. Mary's College of Maryland
  277. St. Mary's University of San Antonio
  278. St. Olaf College
  279. Stanford University
  280. State University of New York-College at Brockport
  281. State University of New York-University at Buffalo
  282. State University of New York at Albany
  283. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
  284. State University of New York at Cortland
  285. State University of New York at Fredonia
  286. State University of New York at Geneseo
  287. State University of New York at New Paltz
  288. State University of New York at Old Westbury
  289. State University of New York at Oswego
  290. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  291. State University of New York at Potsdam
  292. Stephens College
  293. Sterling College
  294. Stevens Institute of Technology
  295. Suffolk University
  296. Susquehanna University
  297. Swarthmore College
  298. Sweet Briar College
  299. Syracuse University
  300. Temple University
  301. Texas A&M University-College Station
  302. Texas A&M University-Galveston
  303. Texas Christian University
  304. Texas State University
  305. Texas Tech University
  306. The University of New England
  307. Touro College
  308. Trinity College (CT)
  309. Trinity University
  310. Truman State University
  311. Tufts University
  312. Tusculum College
  313. Tuskegee University
  314. Union College
  315. United States Air Force Academy
  316. United States Merchant Marine Academy
  317. University of Alabama
  318. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  319. University of Arizona
  320. University of Bridgeport
  321. University of California-Berkeley
  322. University of California-Davis
  323. University of California-Irvine
  324. University of California-Los Angeles
  325. University of California-Merced
  326. University of California-Riverside
  327. University of California-San Diego
  328. University of California-Santa Barbara
  329. University of California-Santa Cruz
  330. University of Central Florida
  331. University of Chicago
  332. University of Cincinnati
  333. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  334. University of Colorado-Boulder
  335. University of Connecticut
  336. University of Dayton
  337. University of Denver
  338. University of Evansville
  339. University of Findlay
  340. University of Florida
  341. University of Georgia
  342. University of Great Falls
  343. University of Idaho
  344. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  345. University of Iowa
  346. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  347. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  348. University of Maryland-College Park
  349. University of Miami
  350. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  351. University of Minnesota-Morris
  352. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  353. University of Mississippi
  354. University of Missouri-Columbia
  355. University of Missouri-Kansas city
  356. University of Montana
  357. University of Montevallo
  358. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  359. University of New Hampshire
  360. University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  361. University of North Carolina-Asheville
  362. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  363. University of North Dakota
  364. University of North Texas
  365. University of Northern Colorado
  366. University of Notre Dame
  367. University of Oklahoma
  368. University of Oregon
  369. University of Pittsburgh
  370. University of Redlands
  371. University of Rhode Island
  372. University of Richmond
  373. University of San Diego
  374. University of San Francisco
  375. University of Scranton
  376. University of South Dakota
  377. University of Southern California
  378. University of Southern Maine
  379. University of Southern Mississippi
  380. University of St. Thomas
  381. University of Tampa
  382. University of Tennessee
  383. University of Texas-Austin
  384. University of Texas-El Paso
  385. University of Tulsa
  386. University of Utah
  387. University of Vermont
  388. University of Victoria
  389. University of Virginia
  390. University of Washington-Seattle
  391. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  392. University of Wyoming
  393. Ursinus College
  394. Utah State University
  395. Utica College
  396. Valdosta State University
  397. Valparaiso University
  398. Vanderbilt University
  399. Vassar College
  400. Villanova University
  401. Virginia Tech
  402. Wagner College
  403. Wake Forest University
  404. Warren Wilson College
  405. Washington and Jefferson College
  406. Washington and Lee University
  407. Washington College
  408. Washington University in St. Louis
  409. Webb Institute
  410. Wells College
  411. Wesleyan College
  412. Wesleyan University
  413. West Virginia University
  414. Western Michigan University
  415. Westminster College (MO)
  416. Westminster College (PA)
  417. Westminster College of Salt Lake City
  418. Westmont College
  419. Wheaton College
  420. Wheaton College (IL)
  421. Wheelock College (MA)
  422. Whittier College
  423. Wilkes University
  424. Willamette University
  425. Winona State University (MN)
  426. Wofford College
  427. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  428. Wright State University
  429. Xavier University (OH)
  430. York College of Pennsylvania

Lake Forest College 2011 Essay Requirements

Lake Forest CollegeThis year Lake Forest College outdoes itself with 15 essay requirements, many of which are multi-part and multi-page.

For example, the requirement for the Buchanan Social Justice Scholarship requires applicants to address all of these points:

  • What social justice issues are of concern to you and how you are personally involved in addressing those concerns?
  • What leadership position have you held within a social justice organization?
  • Have you attended a local, national, or international conference focused on a social justice issue? If yes, please share more about what you experienced.
  • Have you received any awards or recognition relative to your involvement in social justice issues?
  • Student leaders at Lake Forest often effect change and leave a legacy from their contribution to the College community. As you look forward to your educational experience at Lake Forest, what social justice issue will you champion and how will you effect change within our community or the world at large?

It might look like a lot of work at first, but using College Essay Organizer can be a shortcut to money you didn't know was there.

Each year we comb school websites not just for primary application requirements, but also for optional, department-specific, honors, and scholarship essays. Your College Essay Organizer Essay RoadMap can be your map to extra achievement, not to mention cold hard cash.

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Tulane University 2011 Essay Requirements

Tulane University has eleven essay requirements this year in the College Essay Organizer database. This year they made a significant change in their application scheme - last year some requirements appeared on the paper application but not the online app, and the school has made the wise decision to change that for 2011. Here are a few of the questions that were not consistent across the two formats last year:

  • Have you ever participated in a community service project abroad? Please explain your experience.
  • Have you ever studied abroad? Please explain your experience.
  • Have you ever been involved in a community service project other than one required by your school or another organization?  Please explain your experience.

These are the kinds of questions that give applicants an opportunity to stand apart from the pack a little bit, so Tulane's decision to present these questions to all applicants was the right choice. It works in the applicants' favor as well as the school's - after all, they want their student body to be as strong and diverse as possible, so no need to make it difficult on people who have these kinds of exciting elements to their backgrounds.

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Ball State 2011 Essay Requirements

Ball State UniversityBall State University has now been updated by College Essay Organizer. There are fifteen program-specific questions, as well as four additional scholarship program questions.

Using College Essay Organizer can help you not only find these hidden questions, but also explore your opportunities while writing your responses to them. Many applicants are unaware of the many different options they have when it comes to applying to a college or university, so College Essay Organizer can be your primary tool for finding out about departments and specific programs that suit your interests.

Some applicants might have a better chance at admission if they apply to a program or department that best suits their interests and talents. Make sure to explore them all via College Essay Organizer and make sure your admissions chances are as strong as possible!

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Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2011/2012 Application Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated for the 2011/2012 application season in College Essay Organizer through August 18th. Expect this list to continue to grow each week.

  1. Agnes Scott College
  2. Albright College
  3. Alfred University
  4. Alma College
  5. American University
  6. American University of Paris
  7. American University of Rome
  8. Amherst College
  9. Arizona State University
  10. Auburn University
  11. Augustana College
  12. Austin College
  13. Babson College
  14. Baldwin-Wallace College
  15. Bard College at Simon's Rock
  16. Barnard College
  17. Bates College
  18. Baylor University
  19. Belmont University
  20. Beloit College
  21. Benedict College
  22. Bennington College
  23. Bentley University
  24. Berea College
  25. Berklee College of Music
  26. Berry College
  27. Birmingham-Southern College
  28. Bloomfield College
  29. Boise State University
  30. Boston University
  31. Bowdoin College
  32. Bowling Green State University
  33. Bradley University
  34. Brevard College
  35. Brigham Young University-Provo
  36. Brown University
  37. Bryant University
  38. Bryn Mawr College
  39. Bucknell University
  40. Butler University
  41. Cabrini College
  42. California College of the Arts
  43. California Institute of Technology
  44. California Lutheran University
  45. California State University-Bakersfield
  46. California State University-East Bay
  47. California State University-Fullerton
  48. California State University-Long Beach
  49. Calvin College
  50. Campbell University
  51. Carleton College
  52. Carnegie Mellon University
  53. Carroll University
  54. Catholic University of America
  55. Cedar Crest College
  56. Centenary College of Louisiana
  57. Centre College
  58. Chatham University
  59. Christendom College
  60. Christian Brothers University in TN
  61. Claremont McKenna College
  62. Clark Atlanta University
  63. Clarkson University
  64. Clemson University
  65. Coe College
  66. Colgate University
  67. College of Idaho
  68. College of New Jersey
  69. College of St. Benedict
  70. College of the Atlantics
  71. College of the Holy Cross
  72. College of the Ozarks
  73. College of Wooster
  74. Colorado College
  75. Colorado Mesa University
  76. Colorado School of Mines
  77. Columbia College Chicago
  78. Columbia University
  79. Connecticut College
  80. Cornell University
  81. Creighton University
  82. Daemen College
  83. Dartmouth College
  84. Davidson College
  85. Delaware State University
  86. Denison University
  87. DePauw University
  88. Drake University
  89. Drexel University
  90. Duke University
  91. Duquesne University
  92. Earlham College
  93. Eastern Mennonite University
  94. Elmira College
  95. Elon University
  96. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  97. Emory and Henry College
  98. Emory University
  99. Erskine College
  100. Fairfield University
  101. Fisher College (MA)
  102. Fisk University
  103. Flagler College
  104. Florida Atlantic University
  105. Florida Institute of Technology
  106. Florida International University
  107. Florida Southern College
  108. Florida State University
  109. Fordham University
  110. Franklin and Marshall College
  111. Franklin Pierce University
  112. Furman University
  113. Gannon University
  114. George Fox University
  115. Georgetown College
  116. Georgetown University
  117. Georgia College and State University
  118. Georgia Institue of Technology
  119. Georgia Southern University
  120. Gonzaga University
  121. Gordon College
  122. Goshen College
  123. Goucher College
  124. Green Mountain College
  125. Grinnell College
  126. Guilford College
  127. Hamilton College
  128. Hampshire College
  129. Hampton University
  130. Hanover College
  131. Harvard College
  132. Hastings College
  133. Hendrix College
  134. High Point University
  135. Hiram College
  136. Hollins University
  137. Hood College
  138. Illinois Institute of Technology
  139. Indiana University
  140. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  141. Indiana Wesleyan University
  142. Iowa State University
  143. Kansas State University
  144. Keene State College
  145. Kenyon College
  146. Knox College
  147. Lees-McRae College
  148. Lehigh University
  149. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  150. Longwood University
  151. Louisiana State University
  152. Louisiana Tech University
  153. Loyola University New Orleans
  154. Lynchburg College
  155. Lyon College
  156. Macalester College
  157. Macaulay Honors
  158. Maine College of Art
  159. Marlboro College
  160. Marshall University
  161. Marymount Manhattan College
  162. Marymount University (VA)
  163. Maryville College
  164. Marywood University
  165. Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  166. McDaniel College
  167. Methodist University
  168. Miami University (OH)
  169. Michigan Technological University
  170. Middlebury College
  171. Mills College
  172. Millsaps College
  173. Misericordia University
  174. Mississippi College
  175. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  176. Monmouth College
  177. Moravian College
  178. Morgan State University
  179. Mount Union College
  180. Murray State University
  181. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  182. New College of Florida
  183. New England College
  184. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  185. Newbury College
  186. Norfolk State University
  187. Northeastern University
  188. Northern Arizona University
  189. Northland College
  190. Northwestern University
  191. Nova Southeastern University
  192. Oberlin College
  193. Occidental College
  194. Ohio State University-Columbus
  195. Oklahoma State University
  196. Otterbein University
  197. Pacific Union College
  198. Palm Beach Atlantic University
  199. Paul Smith's College
  200. Pepperdine University
  201. Piedmont College
  202. Pitzer College
  203. Pomona College
  204. Post University
  205. Prescott College
  206. Princeton University
  207. Principia College
  208. Purdue University-West Lafayette
  209. Quinnipiac University
  210. Ramapo College of New Jersey
  211. Randolph College
  212. Randolph-Macon College
  213. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  214. Rhodes College
  215. Rice University
  216. Ripon College
  217. Roanoke College
  218. Roger WIlliams University
  219. Roosevelt University
  220. Rosemont College
  221. Sacred Heart University
  222. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  223. Saint Joseph's University
  224. Saint Louis University
  225. Saint Mary's College (CA)
  226. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  227. Saint Michael's College
  228. Saint Vincent College
  229. Sarah Lawrence College
  230. Scripps College
  231. Seattle University
  232. Sewanee: The University of the South
  233. Shenandoah University
  234. Skidmore College
  235. South Carolina State University
  236. South Dakota State University
  237. Southern New Hampshire University
  238. Southwestern University
  239. Spelman College
  240. Springfield College
  241. St. Edward's University
  242. St. John's College (MD)
  243. St. John's College (NM)
  244. St. Lawrence University
  245. St. Mary's College of Maryland
  246. St. Mary's University of San Antonio
  247. St. Olaf College
  248. Stanford University
  249. State University of New York - University at Buffalo
  250. State University of New York at Albany
  251. State University of New York at Cortland
  252. State University of New York at Fredonia
  253. State University of New York at Geneseo
  254. State University of New York at Oswego
  255. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  256. State University of New York at Potsdam
  257. Stephens College
  258. Sterling College
  259. Stevens Institute of Technology
  260. Suffolk University
  261. Swarthmore College
  262. Sweet Briar College
  263. Syracuse University
  264. Texas A&M University-College Station
  265. Texas A&M University-Galveston
  266. Texas State University
  267. The University of New England
  268. Touro College
  269. Trinity College (CT)
  270. Trinity University
  271. Truman State University
  272. Tufts University
  273. Tusculum College
  274. Tuskegee University
  275. United States Air Force Academy
  276. University of Alabama
  277. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  278. University of Arizona
  279. University of Bridgeport
  280. University of California-Berkeley
  281. University of California-Davis
  282. University of California-Irvine
  283. University of California-Los Angeles
  284. University of California-Merced
  285. University of California-Riverside
  286. University of California-San Diego
  287. University of California-Santa Barbara
  288. University of California-Santa Cruz
  289. University of Central Florida
  290. University of Chicago
  291. University of Cincinnati
  292. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  293. University of Colorado-Boulder
  294. University of Connecticut
  295. University of Dayton
  296. University of Denver
  297. University of Findlay
  298. University of Florida
  299. University of Georgia
  300. University of Great Falls
  301. University of Idaho
  302. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  303. University of Iowa
  304. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  305. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  306. University of Maryland-College Park
  307. University of Miami
  308. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  309. University of Minnesota-Morris
  310. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  311. University of Mississippi
  312. University of Missouri-Columbia
  313. University of Missouri-Kansas city
  314. University of Montana
  315. University of Montevallo
  316. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  317. University of New Hampshire
  318. University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  319. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  320. University of North Dakota
  321. University of Notre Dame
  322. University of Oklahoma
  323. University of Pittsburgh
  324. University of Rhode Island
  325. University of Richmond
  326. University of San Diego
  327. University of Scranton
  328. University of South Dakota
  329. University of Southern California
  330. University of Southern Maine
  331. University of Southern Mississippi
  332. University of St. Thomas
  333. University of Tampa
  334. University of Tennessee
  335. University of Texas-Austin
  336. University of Texas-El Paso
  337. University of Tulsa
  338. University of Utah
  339. University of Vermont
  340. University of Victoria
  341. University of Virginia
  342. University of Washington-Seattle
  343. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  344. University of Wyoming
  345. Utah State University
  346. Utica College
  347. Valdosta State University
  348. Valparaiso University
  349. Vanderbilt University
  350. Vassar College
  351. Villanova University
  352. Wagner College
  353. Wake Forest University
  354. Washington and Jefferson College
  355. Washington and Lee University
  356. Washington College
  357. Washington University in St. Louis
  358. Webb Institute
  359. Wells College
  360. Wesleyan College
  361. Wesleyan University
  362. West Virginia University
  363. Western Michigan University
  364. Westminster College (MO)
  365. Westmont College
  366. Wheaton College
  367. Wheaton College (IL)
  368. Wilkes University
  369. Winona State University (MN)
  370. Wofford College
  371. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  372. Wright State University
  373. Xavier University (OH)
  374. York College of Pennsylvania

Common Application Changes Word Count for 2011 Short Essay

Common App LogoJust a few days ago we blogged about the slight disparity in the Common App's word count versus character count limits for the short answer essay requirement. The difference was slight but significant - 150 words (in theory) was actually 750 characters (a hard limit), which meant for the potential of an ugly cut-off if your 150 words happened to be particularly long words.

The Common App has responded to this issue and changed its short answer requirement from 750 characters to 1,000 characters. We have updated our Common App settings at College Essay Organizer and adjusted the Essay RoadMap readouts to reflect this change.

It should also be noted that the Common App did not post an official notice of this fairly crucial change (they've increased the length requirement by a third without saying so!), but College Essay Organizer is on the case as usual.

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State University of New York Essay Questions 2011

State University of New York - SUNY LogoThe SUNY (State University of New York) schools have many specific differences, including certain essay questions, scholarship requirements, and the like. But they share this question in common:

Please provide additional information that will help us better understand your academic performance. You may also explain any chronological gaps in your academic history (e.g. a period of time after high school graduation before applying to college).

At first glance, this question seems like it could be an optional "tell us anything" prompt, or even a required "disciplinary" question, telling you to explain any suspensions, or run-ins with authorities that have disrupted your time in school. At College Essay Organizer, we recommend that anybody without the kind of disciplinary problems or "gaps" in the academic record use this prompt as an opportunity to discuss his or her intellectual interests.

We have discussed the intellectual interest essay here before on the blog, but most importantly, it is the piece of writing that tells the school why you are interested in what they can offer you, and what you bring to the table as a member of the student body. It is a chance to discuss your interests while also implying what you are good at and how you spend your time most effectively. It can be a chance to distinguish yourself from your peers in a unique way, which is something you should always be looking for opportunities to do.

The Common App and the Difference Between Online Applications & PDFs

Common App LogoAt College Essay Organizer we research college application requirements like it's our job. Actually, it is our job. And one of the odd sides of this job is that we are constantly finding inconsistencies between different versions of applications that schools put out, not to mention inconsistent or incorrect information explaining the application documents on the schools' sites.

One of the most notable disparities we've found is with the Common App itself. That's right, even the trusty old Common App has a significant difference between its paper (or PDF) version and its online version.

The paper version of the Common App calls for 150 words for it short essay, while the online version calls for 750 characters. The distinction is important, especially if you're running long, in which case the online version on the Common App will simply cut your writing off at the 750 character limit. So that 150-word essay can be significantly shorter if you're using big (some might say college-ready) vocabulary.

The Common App's short essay and optional space question are also worded differently. It's not a significant difference, though in many cases with colleges, different forms of college applications often feature different word counts, character limits, or even completely different questions! Just remember that College Essay Organizer is here to research these elements full time and contact the colleges to help resolve any confusion. So feel free to rely on us - it's our job.

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Brown University and the Common App Supplement

Emma Watson Brown University Student

One of these people goes to Brown University. Exciting! You should probably not write your essay about that.

Brown University has always been known for its distinctive academic requirements - distinctive in that it has nearly no traditional academic requirements at all. Brown does not have a core curriculum, and allows students to shape their learning around a required number of credits each semester. As one might expect, a number of Brown's essay requirements address this atypical aspect of the school, one of which goes a little something like this:

"A distinctive feature of the Brown Curriculum is the opportunity to be the 'architect of your education.' Why does this academic environment appeal to you?"

This is another way of asking why you are interested in the school, something we've addressed here on CEO Blog before. When Brown asks you what's so great about leaving your educational requirements for you to choose, what they're really asking is what you are interested in and how you plan to take advantage of the opportunities such an arrangement allows you more than anything you might find in a Brown University promotional pamphlet.

Don't forget that your writing is always about what you can do for the school and its student body, regardless of the question. The implied meaning of all your responses is that you are a desirable candidate, and that you have qualities that set you apart from the thousands of other applicants. So when writing about a school-specific quality, like when addressing this prompt from Brown, make sure that you are identifying your own interests, and detailing how they would come alive in such an environment. Be specific, clear, and assertive and find the spots where their interests are yours, too.

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