Columbia University offers Score Choice for 2012-2013 Academic Year

Columbia University has officially instituted the Score Choice policy for the 2012-2013 academic year. Score choice refers to the applicant’s decision to withhold certain SAT and ACT scores from their college application; previously, Columbia required each applicant to submit all SAT and ACT scores. Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University remain the only Ivy League schools not offering the score choice policy.

If current students still submit multiple test scores, Columbia University promises to evaluate the student based on the highest score. And Columbia now allows students to submit the ACT plus Writing instead of the SAT plus two subject tests.

Students: remember to do your research! Go directly to the college website to discover exactly what test scores and materials are needed or not needed for your application. Do not make the careless mistake of submitting mediocre SAT or ACT scores if they are not needed. The college admissions process is an organic process that changes every day – and you can stay ahead of the game if you do your research.

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College of Charleston Releases its 2012-2013 Essay Questions

College of Charleston added a new prompt to its supplement this year, and it's definitely one worth sharing since it gives a bit of insight into what the college years will be like for many:

What does the following statement from Jimmy Carter mean to you, and why?

“We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”

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Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2012-2013 Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated through July 27 in College Essay Organizer for the 2012/2013 application season. Expect many more updates in the coming weeks.

  1. Academy of Art University
  2. Albright College
  3. American University
  4. American University of Paris
  5. Art Center College of Design
  6. Barnard College
  7. Beacon College
  8. Belmont Abbey College
  9. Bemidji State University
  10. Bentley University
  11. Berry College
  12. Birmingham-Southern College
  13. Boise State University
  14. Boston College
  15. Boston Conservatory
  16. Bryant University
  17. Cabrini College
  18. California Lutheran University
  19. California Maritime Academy
  20. California Polytechnic State University-Pomona
  21. California State University-Bakersfield
  22. California State University-Channel Islands
  23. California State University-Chico
  24. California State University-East Bay
  25. California State University-Fullerton
  26. California State University-Long Beach
  27. California State University-Los Angeles
  28. California State University-Monterey Bay
  29. California State University-Northridge
  30. California State University-Sacramento
  31. California State University-San Marcos
  32. Canisius College
  33. Capital University
  34. Carroll College
  35. Carroll University
  36. Castelton State College
  37. Catholic University of America
  38. Cazenovia College
  39. Cedar Crest College
  40. Centenary College of Louisiana
  41. Central Washington University
  42. Christian Brothers University in TN
  43. Citadel, The
  44. Coastal Carolina University
  45. Colby-Sawyer College
  46. Colgate University
  47. College of New Jersey
  48. College of St. Rose (NY)
  49. College of the Holy Cross
  50. College of the Ozarks
  51. Colorado Mesa University
  52. Colorado School of Mines
  53. Colorado State University
  54. Columbia College Chicago
  55. Columbus State University
  56. Concordia University
  57. Concordia University-Austin
  58. Curry College
  59. Daemen College
  60. Dartmouth College
  61. Delaware State University
  62. DePaul University
  63. Dominican College
  64. Drury University
  65. Duke University
  66. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  67. Eastern Mennonite University
  68. Eastern Michigan University
  69. Eckerd College
  70. Elizabethtown College
  71. Elmira College
  72. Elon University
  73. Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  74. Emmanuel College
  75. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  76. Flagler College
  77. Florida Institute of Technology
  78. Florida International University
  79. Florida Southern College
  80. Franklin Pierce University
  81. Gannon University
  82. Georgetown University
  83. Georgia College and State University
  84. Georgia Institute of Technology
  85. Georgia State University
  86. Gordon College
  87. Grinnell College
  88. Hamilton College
  89. Hanover College
  90. Hardin-Simmons University
  91. Harding University
  92. Hartwick College
  93. Hastings College
  94. High Point University
  95. Hollins University
  96. Hood College
  97. Howard University
  98. Idaho State University
  99. James Madison University
  100. Juniata College
  101. Keene State College
  102. Kent State University
  103. King's College
  104. La Salle University
  105. Lafayette College
  106. Lake Erie College
  107. Le Moyne College
  108. Louisiana State University
  109. Louisiana Tech University
  110. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
  111. Loyola Marymount University
  112. Luther College
  113. Lycoming College
  114. Manhattan College
  115. Maryville College
  116. McDaniel College
  117. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
  118. Menlo College
  119. Mercyhurst College
  120. Meredith College
  121. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  122. Middlebury College
  123. Mills College
  124. Millsaps College
  125. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  126. Mississippi College
  127. Morehouse College
  128. Mount Saint Mary College
  129. Murray State University
  130. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  131. New College of Florida
  132. New England College
  133. New Mexico State University
  134. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
  135. Newbury College
  136. Niagara University
  137. Norfolk State University
  138. Northern Arizona University
  139. Northland College
  140. Norwich University
  141. Notre Dame de Namur University
  142. Nova Southeastern University
  143. Occidental College
  144. Oglethorpe University
  145. Ohio Wesleyan University
  146. Oklahoma State University
  147. Oregon Institute of Technology
  148. Otis College of Art and Design
  149. Pacific Union College
  150. Portland State University
  151. Providence College
  152. Queen's University
  153. Randolph College
  154. Randolph-Macon College
  155. Regis College
  156. Regis University
  157. Richard Stockton College of NJ
  158. Ripon College
  159. Rockland Community College
  160. Rosemont College
  161. Sacred Heart University
  162. Saint Francis University
  163. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  164. Saint Joseph's University
  165. Saint Leo University
  166. Saint Martin's University
  167. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  168. Saint Peter's College
  169. Saint Vincent College
  170. San Diego State University
  171. San Francisco State University
  172. Shorter University
  173. South Carolina State University
  174. Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville
  175. Southern New Hampshire University
  176. Southern University at New Orleans
  177. Southwestern University
  178. Spelman College
  179. Spring Hill College
  180. St. Catherine University
  181. St. Lawrence University
  182. St. Mary's College
  183. St. Petersburg College
  184. St. Thomas Aquinas College
  185. State University of New York at Albany
  186. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
  187. State University of New York at Cortland
  188. State University of New York at Fredonia
  189. State University of New York at Geneseo
  190. State University of New York at Old Westbury
  191. State University of New York at Oneonta
  192. State University of New York at Oswego
  193. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  194. State University of New York-College at Brockport
  195. Stephen F. Austin State University
  196. Stephens College
  197. Stevens Institute of Technology
  198. Suffolk University
  199. Texas Woman's University
  200. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles
  201. The Art Institute of California-San Francisco
  202. Transylvania University
  203. Trine University
  204. Troy University
  205. Tufts University
  206. Tuskegee University
  207. United States Air Force Academy
  208. University of Alabama
  209. University of Alaska-Southeast
  210. University of California-Berkeley
  211. University of California-Davis
  212. University of California-Irvine
  213. University of California-Los Angeles
  214. University of California-Merced
  215. University of California-Riverside
  216. University of California-San Diego
  217. University of California-Santa Barbara
  218. University of California-Santa Cruz
  219. University of Central Florida
  220. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  221. University of Colorado-Boulder
  222. University of Dayton
  223. University of Denver
  224. University of Findlay
  225. University of Georgia
  226. University of Great Falls
  227. University of Hartford
  228. University of Hawaii-Manoa
  229. University of Idaho
  230. University of La Verne
  231. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  232. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  233. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  234. University of Massachusetts-Boston
  235. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  236. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  237. University of Missouri-Columbia
  238. University of Montevallo
  239. University of New England
  240. University of New Hampshire
  241. University of New Orleans
  242. University of North Carolina-Asheville
  243. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  244. University of Northern Colorado
  245. University of Notre Dame
  246. University of Pennsylvania
  247. University of Pittsburgh
  248. University of Richmond
  249. University of Rochester
  250. University of San Diego
  251. University of Saskatchewan
  252. University of Scranton
  253. University of South Carolina-Columbia
  254. University of South Dakota
  255. University of South Florida
  256. University of Southern Mississippi
  257. University of the Sciences
  258. University of Tulsa
  259. University of Victoria
  260. University of Virginia
  261. University of Western Ontario
  262. University of Wyoming
  263. Valdosta State University
  264. Vanderbilt University
  265. Wabash College
  266. Wake Forest University
  267. Wartburg College
  268. Washington and Jefferson College
  269. Washington College
  270. Washington University in St. Louis
  271. Webb Institute
  272. Weber State University
  273. Wells College
  274. Wentworth Institute of Technology
  275. Wentworth Military Academy and College
  276. Wesley College (Delaware)
  277. Wesleyan College
  278. Western Carolina University
  279. Western New England University
  280. Westminster College (PA)
  281. Whitworth University
  282. Widener University
  283. Willamette University
  284. Wingate University
  285. Wittenberg University
  286. Wright State University
  287. Xavier University of Louisiana
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Elon University Releases its 2012-2013 Essay Questions

Elon University which has 2 required questions and 12 special program questions, always has interesting essay prompts, and this year's batch didn't disappoint. Here's a sneak peak of our favorite:

"If you were given $10,000 to invest in a project you are passionate about or a business or nonprofit you want to start, what would it be and why? Who would benefit and how would you spend the money?"

Last year's similar question had only $5,000 to invest. Guess the economy is improving after all!

We'll leave you with a quote from Loyola Marymount University's new prompts:

"Speaking about education, Dr. Martin Luther King once said, 'The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.'"

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University of Notre Dame Releases 2012-2013 Essay Questions

University of Notre Dame released a preview of its 2012-2013 essay questions. While it did away with one of our favorites, "You have 150 words. Take a risk," it added a few new creative, much less succinct prompts. This one could definitely lead to an interesting essay:

Gary Gaffney, ’69MS, began doctoral work in mathematics at Notre Dame but left to become an artist, eventually earning two degrees in fine art. His poem “Mil Preguntas (a meditation in 1000 questions)” explores a myriad of topics, using queries both whimsical and profound. Some of our favorites are:

• What is consciousness?

• What is your deepest mystery?

• What’s the last honest question you asked yourself?

• How often has humanity led you to forgive?

• What makes you dream?

• Is being ordinary a failure?

• What can’t you live without?

• Who convinced you about God?

• Can you tell the story of faith put to the test?

• Why should you care about the rings of Saturn?

• What will you never believe?

• What will you always believe?

Provide your own answer to one of the author’s inquires and be sure to tell us which question you select.

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Nailing the “Why are you a good match” Question

Are you a good match for the colleges you are applying to?

It’s time to begin writing your supplemental essays for college! It is highly possible that at least one of your schools will ask the intimidating question, “Why are you a good match for our school?” Remembering these useful tips when confronted with a “Why are you a good match” question will both simplify the writing process and set your response apart from other applicants’:

  • Know the Department: Express precise knowledge about the department you are applying to, including specific professors and courses. The more precise your response, the more the admissions officers will think you are genuinely interested in the program.
  • Include the Mission Statement: Admissions officers are conscious of their school’s mission statement; integrating it into your essay will impress the reader of your essay.
  • Keep Up with the School: If political or social activity is buzzing on campus, include it in your essay; you will appear interested in both the academic and social scene of the school.
  • Be Yourself: Always keep your response idiosyncratic. Include fun anecdotes and remain passionate about the school throughout your response.

These tips will not only quicken the time it takes to write your response but will also help you write a concise, appropriate, acceptance-inducing essay.

Please see this article for more tips.

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Washington University in St. Louis Releases its 2012-2013 Application

Washington University is St. Louis has updated its essay questions. The school is a rare case since it has zero required questions, but 24 program-specific questions! Duke University and University of Rochester also released previews of it 2012-2013 essay questions, and the required questions have been updated in College Essay Organizer, and there are many more questions that will be reconfirmed once they are officially released. Overall, we've already got over 160 schools in College Essay Organizer with updated requirements, and we plan to have many more for you next week.

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Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2012-2013 Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated through July 20 in College Essay Organizer for the 2012/2013 application season. Expect many more updates in the coming weeks.

  1. Academy of Art University
  2. Albright College
  3. American University
  4. Art Center College of Design
  5. Beacon College
  6. Belmont Abbey College
  7. Bemidji State University
  8. Birmingham-Southern College
  9. Boise State University
  10. Boston College
  11. Boston Conservatory
  12. Cabrini College
  13. California Maritime Academy
  14. California Polytechnic State University-Pomona
  15. California State University-Bakersfield
  16. California State University-Channel Islands
  17. California State University-Chico
  18. California State University-East Bay
  19. California State University-Fullerton
  20. California State University-Long Beach
  21. California State University-Los Angeles
  22. California State University-Monterey Bay
  23. California State University-Northridge
  24. California State University-Sacramento
  25. California State University-San Marcos
  26. Capital University
  27. Carroll College
  28. Catholic University of America
  29. Central Washington University
  30. Citadel, The
  31. Coastal Carolina University
  32. College of the Holy Cross
  33. College of the Ozarks
  34. Colorado Mesa University
  35. Colorado School of Mines
  36. Colorado State University
  37. Columbus State University
  38. Concordia University-Austin
  39. Delaware State University
  40. DePaul University
  41. Duke University
  42. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  43. Eastern Mennonite University
  44. Eastern Michigan University
  45. Eckerd College
  46. Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  47. Florida Institute of Technology
  48. Florida International University
  49. Georgetown University
  50. Georgia College and State University
  51. Georgia Institute of Technology
  52. Georgia State University
  53. Gordon College
  54. Grinnell College
  55. Hanover College
  56. Hardin-Simmons University
  57. Harding University
  58. Hartwick College
  59. Hastings College
  60. High Point University
  61. Hollins University
  62. Idaho State University
  63. Juniata College
  64. Kent State University
  65. Louisiana State University
  66. Louisiana Tech University
  67. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
  68. Luther College
  69. Lycoming College
  70. Maryville College
  71. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  72. Middlebury College
  73. Mills College
  74. Millsaps College
  75. Mississippi College
  76. Morehouse College
  77. Murray State University
  78. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  79. New Mexico State University
  80. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
  81. Northern Arizona University
  82. Norwich University
  83. Occidental College
  84. Oglethorpe University
  85. Oklahoma State University
  86. Oregon Institute of Technology
  87. Otis College of Art and Design
  88. Pacific Union College
  89. Portland State University
  90. Queen's University
  91. Randolph-Macon College
  92. Ripon College
  93. Rockland Community College
  94. Saint Vincent College
  95. San Francisco State University
  96. Shorter University
  97. South Carolina State University
  98. Southern University at New Orleans
  99. St. Petersburg College
  100. Stephen F. Austin State University
  101. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles
  102. Transylvania University
  103. Trine University
  104. Troy University
  105. Tufts University
  106. Tuskegee University
  107. United States Air Force Academy
  108. University of Alabama
  109. University of Alaska-Southeast
  110. University of California-Berkeley
  111. University of California-Davis
  112. University of California-Irvine
  113. University of California-Los Angeles
  114. University of California-Merced
  115. University of California-Riverside
  116. University of California-San Diego
  117. University of California-Santa Barbara
  118. University of California-Santa Cruz
  119. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  120. University of Colorado-Boulder
  121. University of Dayton
  122. University of Denver
  123. University of Georgia
  124. University of Hartford
  125. University of Hawaii-Manoa
  126. University of Idaho
  127. University of La Verne
  128. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  129. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  130. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  131. University of Montevallo
  132. University of New Hampshire
  133. University of New Orleans
  134. University of North Carolina-Asheville
  135. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  136. University of Northern Colorado
  137. University of Pennsylvania
  138. University of Pittsburgh
  139. University of Richmond
  140. University of Rochester
  141. University of San Diego
  142. University of Saskatchewan
  143. University of South Dakota
  144. University of Southern Mississippi
  145. University of Victoria
  146. University of Virginia
  147. University of Western Ontario
  148. University of Wyoming
  149. Valdosta State University
  150. Vanderbilt University
  151. Wabash College
  152. Washington and Jefferson College
  153. Washington College
  154. Washington University in St. Louis
  155. Webb Institute
  156. Weber State University
  157. Wells College
  158. Wentworth Military Academy and College
  159. Wesleyan College
  160. Westminster College (PA)
  161. Widener University
  162. Wingate University
  163. Wright State University

 

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University of Rochester Essay Questions Updated for 2012-2013 Season

University of Rochester, which has 2 supplemental required essays and 2 program-specific essays, kept its questions similar this year, but altered the wording and focus of its required questions, including one centering on the school's motto:

Meliora: "Ever better" -- The University’s motto directs our focus toward continual improvement through learning, discovery, creativity, and enterprising collaborations among people with different points of view. Describe a "Meliora” experience from your life.

We will post a list of all of the updated colleges for this season tomorrow.

 

 

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Grinnell College Posts its 2012-2013 Essay Question

We have already updated many Common App colleges for this season. Many questions have changed or been added. Among those schools that have not changed their questions, many have changed some deadlines. We've updated everything for you.

Some recently updated colleges that altered their essay questions include University of San Diego, Occidental College, and one of our favorites, Grinnell College, which switched its question, "What was the most memorable advice, good or bad, you have ever received? Did you follow it? What happened?" for a trendy question focusing on diversity: "One of the fascinating qualities of Grinnell College is the diversity of its student body. Grinnell students come from around the world and from innumerable socioeconomic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. What place, people, or culture would you like to get to know better and why?"

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