Students Using College Essay Organizer Accepted to Top Colleges

Students using College Essay Organizer have been accepted to the top colleges. Here are just a few of them:

Yale University
Harvard University
Stanford University
University of Pennsylvania
Cornell University
Princeton University
Columbia University
Georgetown University
Brown University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Virginia
Williams College
George Washington University
University of Maryland-College Park
New York University
Boston University
University of California-Los Angeles
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Boston College
Emory University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Johns Hopkins University
Syracuse University
University of Miami
Pennsylvania State University
University of Chicago
Carnegie Mellon University
Wake Forest University
Indiana University
Lehigh University
University of Colorado-Boulder
Bucknell University
Bowdoin College
Northwestern University
Duke University
Tufts University
American University
Bates College
University of Vermont
Claremont McKenna College
Amherst College
Barnard College
Brandeis University
Florida State University
State University of New York at Binghamton
University of Pittsburgh
Trinity College
Tulane University




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Wake Forest University 2012-2013 Common App Supplement Available

Wake Forest University is one of our favorite schools to update. There are always new and interesting questions each year. While not all the options changed, there were some great additions! Here's a sneak peak of one of our favorites:

“People who aren’t busy all the time might start to think.” – Terry Pratchett When do you stop being busy and start to think?

Now there is definitely a question to ponder! We have lots more updates today including:

Albright College

Birmingham-Southern College

Catholic University of America

College of the Holy Cross

Colorado State University

DePaul University

Eckerd College

Florida Institute of Technology

Goshen College

Hanover College

Luther College

Lycoming College

Middlebury College

Mills College

Millsaps College

Morehouse College

Oglethorpe University

Randolph-Macon College

Transylvania University

University of Dayton

University of Denver

University of Hartford

University of La Verne

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

University of New Hampshire

University of North Carolina-Asheville

Vanderbilt University

Wabash College

Washington and Jefferson College

Washington College

Wells College

Westminster College (PA)


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Writing a Great College Essay: Opening Lines, Humor, and Adjectives

Stop thinking and start writing!

College admissions officers read thousands upon thousands of college essays each year. Memorable? Not always. But yours can be! If you’re lacking an incredible, life-altering experience to impress the admissions officers, not to worry. Remember: everyone’s life is unique and filled with anecdotal treasures and moments that are bound to tickle a curious admissions officer. Colorful language and style can enliven anyone’s personal experience. Enticing opening lines, humor, and adjectives are three techniques to keep in mind when writing an essay.

  • Opening Lines: Nothing grabs a reader quite like the opening line of an essay. Open with a thought-provoking question, an exciting exclamation, or an enlightening description. The admissions officer will want to continue reading your essay if the first line is intriguing.
  • Humor: Approach with caution! Remember: you are not writing a comedy sketch for a light-hearted audience; these officers mean business! But splashes of humor here and there, in, say, a description or personal reaction, can add color to an essay.
  • Adjectives: To be added gingerly! Do not fill your essay with ostentatious adjectives (think supercalafragalistic…) but do add appropriate, zesty adjectives where necessary. It may bring a smile to an officer’s face!

For more great tips, see this blog by Lynn O’Shaughnessy.

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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 13 in College Essay Organizer for the 2012/2013 application season. Expect many more updates in the coming weeks.

  1. Beacon College
  2. Belmont Abbey College
  3. Bemidji State University
  4. Boston College
  5. California Maritime Academy
  6. Capital University
  7. Carroll College
  8. Citadel, The
  9. College of the Ozarks
  10. Concordia University-Austin
  11. Georgetown University
  12. Georgia College and State University
  13. Georgia Institute of Technology
  14. Hardin-Simmons University
  15. High Point University
  16. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
  17. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  18. Norwich University
  19. Otis College of Art and Design
  20. Rockland Community College
  21. University of Colorado-Boulder
  22. University of Georgia
  23. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  24. University of Pennsylvania
  25. University of Pittsburgh
  26. University of Virginia
  27. Wesleyan College

 

 

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Make the Most of Your College Visits

Make sure to ask lots of questions during your college visit

When deciding on where to apply, there’s nothing more telling than your intuition or gut feeling when arriving on campus. Here are some tips from Brennan Barnard, the director of college counseling at The Derryfield School in Manchester, N.H., that will help you get an accurate sense of whether or not a college will be a good fit.

Have questions prepared

Be sure to ask questions that will give you the information you need to make a decision about the school. Think about what opportunities are important to you, and make sure to consider not only academics, but also the social life.

Interview

Whether or not an interviews is optional, it should be considered mandatory. It’s a great opportunity for an admissions counselor to get a sense of who you are off paper.

Network

Talk with as many people as you can. Stop by during a professor’s office hours, meet coaches, or schedule a time to talk to a faculty member who is in your field of interest. When you’re walking around, make sure to talk to students and get their opinions on college life.

Pretend You’re Lost

According to Joe Greenberg, regional director of admissions at George Washington University, the best way to get a feel for a college is to stand at the center of campus with a map looking totally lost. The way students react can give you a very good sense of the type of community that resides there.

For more tips, see the full article here.

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Jump-start the College Essay Process

Start brainstorming for the college essay process

The blistering heat of summer brings lazy, lethargic days. What smarter way to spend these hours than to jump-start the college essay process? The New York Times Choice Blog just posted a college application checklist here, recommending seniors to take advantage of summertime freedom and begin writing required essays before the school year begins.

Although the Common Application does not go live until August 1, 2012, many colleges and universities release supplemental essay questions during the summer, and the Common Application’s long and short essays have been confirmed. To keep track of these early releases, be sure to create your College Essay Organizer account now, as schools are updated as early as possible.

Simply brainstorming ideas when you have free time will pay off in the long run. Ann E. Selvetti of the New York Times advises seniors to “Give yourself the gift of time for the fall by getting as much done as possible this summer. Every year, seniors lament frittering away their summertime instead of using it to get a head start.” So instead of sunbathing on your deck this afternoon, grab a pencil and notepad and start jotting down ideas for your essay questions. When the cold autumn wind blows into town, you will thank yourself for starting early.

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University of Chicago Posts 2012-2013 Essay Question

University of Chicago has followed up its email to prospective students with a website update listing its always creative and thought-provoking questions. Click here to view the questions. Our personal favorite is option 4 (can you guess why?).

College Essay Organizer has updated this question, but has not yet confirmed the others alluded to on U of Chicago's site here since the exact wording for those questions will not be released until the application goes live (likely August 1). That's why the asterisk is still listed next to U of Chicago on our site. Accuracy is our top priority, and we know from experience that the actual applications often differ from these pre-application glimpses. Our researchers are working on getting more details so stay tuned!

 

 

 

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Over 6,000 Colleges to Choose From

Be sure to broaden your college search. You never know what you'll find.

There are over 6,000 colleges and universities in the United States. The opportunities are endless, yet oftentimes prospective students tend to choose the same few dozen schools when putting together their lists. These big name schools are competitive and have good reputations, but students are often more attracted to the degree they’re getting rather than the education.

Latha Ramchand, dean of the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, suggests, “Part of the disconnect [especially when considering foreign students] comes from viewing a degree as an end in itself rather than a means to something. I would urge potential applicants to think about what they want to do with their foreign degree and fine tune your college list based on the schools that might fit in with their career aspirations.”

The truth is there are possibly 30 schools worth attending for each individual applicant. The most important thing to think of when it comes to choosing a school is to pick the college that’s right for you, no matter how big or small it is, or how well-known. To read the whole article, and to see a list of solid schools that may not be on your radar, click here.

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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 3 in College Essay Organizer for the 2012/2013 application season. Expect many more updates in the coming weeks.

  1. Beacon College
  2. Belmont Abbey College
  3. Bemidji State University
  4. California Maritime Academy
  5. Capital University
  6. The Citadel
  7. Carroll College
  8. College of the Ozarks
  9. Concordia University-Austin
  10. Georgetown University
  11. Georgia College and State University
  12. Georgia Institute of Technology
  13. Hardin-Simmons University
  14. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
  15. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  16. Norwich University
  17. Otis College of Art and Design
  18. Rockland Community College
  19. University of Georgia
  20. University of Pennsylvania
  21. University of Pittsburgh
  22. Wesleyan College

 

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2012-2013 Essay Questions Released by University of Pennsylvania

U Penn is the first Ivy School to post a pdf of its supplement on its website. Check it out here.

There are lots of changes in the questions, including a quote by Ben Franklin:

Ben Franklin once said, “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” Which are you?

This is sure to inspire lots of brainstorming while laying out on the beach this holiday weekend!

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