Colleges Continue to Extend Early Admission Deadlines

Colleges continue to extend early admission deadlines in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, giving students more time to deal with the aftermath of the storm. This trend, set by Ivy League schools, has helped to relieve anxiety among students during a difficult time.

Princeton University, which both extended its deadline and made the deadline flexible, posted the following on its site: "Because of Hurricane Sandy, the Office of Admission is extending the single-choice early action deadline for all students to Nov. 7. All applications must be submitted online or postmarked by this date, unless personal or hurricane-related issues make it difficult or impossible for you to file the appropriate forms."

See this article for a full list of schools that have either changed the deadline or stated that they will be flexible with it.

 

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More Colleges Extending Early Application Deadlines

If you're in Hurricane Sandy's projected path, stay safe.

As we prepare for Hurricane Sandy to cross our path, more colleges are extending their early application deadlines in an attempt to soften the storm's impact. Here is a list of schools that have either formally changed their early deadlines or stated that they will be flexible with their existing deadlines:

Boston University
Columbia University
Duke University
George Mason University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tufts University
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
University of Vermont
Villanova University
Yale University

Be prepared so that even if your college does not extend its early deadline, you still submit on time. We've always believed that a problem well organized is a problem half solved, which is why we give students all their essay questions from the very start. Create your free account now so you don't encounter any surprises at the last minute.

 

Columbia University Extends Early Decision Deadlines

Students interested in applying to Columbia College or Columbia's School of Engineering may have received an email notifying them of extended Early Decision deadlines:

"If you are interested in applying Early Decision to Columbia College or Columbia Engineering, please note that we are extending that deadline to Monday, November 5th given the inclement weather expected this week. We hope this helps to relieve some of the stress and anxiety you might be feeling as the storm approaches your region."

Be sure to keep an eye out for other colleges who may have extended deadlines due to the storm, or reach out to schools if you feel that the storm will affect your ability to complete your application. And for those students safely holed up inside with a day off from school, try using the extra time to your advantage to polish off those essays and double-check your applications.

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Early Application Deadlines Looming

The tension is mounting for tens of thousands of seniors applying early to their first-choice schools. November 1, a popular early deadline, is looming just around the corner, and students are scrambling to polish their essays and send off their applications. Other students are worrying about their test scores, and wondering whether or not they will be good enough.

The New York Times' Choice Blog is answering common questions about the application process this week, and regarding test scores, Kathryn Juric, vice president of the SAT program, advises, "The most important thing for students and families to keep in mind is that college entrance exams represent only one part of your overall college application." Jon Erickson, president of the educational division at the ACT, adds that in cases where a student feels that her scores are not reflective of the rest of her accomplishments, she can explore the following: "retaking the test, after more thorough academic preparation; highlighting other aspects of her academic profile (personal recommendations, course work, grades, other accomplishments); and, if the opportunity exists, meeting personally with an admission officer to demonstrate her personal qualities." We, at College Essay Organizer, also know that using your essays to show who you are can be the most important way to stand out even if your scores fall short.

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Best Practices Webinar for IECs Using College Essay Organizer

It's almost the November deadline for early applications, which means it's time to start turning to all those other apps and essays so that if any client doesn't get accepted in December, you can mobilize quickly.

Many consultants find that College Essay Organizer is most valuable when they're managing multiple colleges with multiple essays. So attend Tuesday's webinar in order to:

  • Discover advanced tips on using all features (eg, uploading drafts, sending notes, and using the alert system)
  • Learn how to best interpret each student's RoadMap
  • Get answers to all your specific questions, no matter how big or small

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Grit Becoming a New Factor in College Admissions

Take those failures in stride. They're just stepping stones on the path to building true grit.

At a time when seniors are worrying about their test scores and grades, it may be refreshing to know that there is a quality superior to pulling off stellar numbers, which is slowly being recognized as a much more telling sign of future success--and some larger colleges are beginning to acknowledge this too! It has even become formal policy at universities such as DePaul, Tufts and Wake Forest.

In case you haven't yet heard the new buzz word, it's called "grit." Angela Duckworth, a University of Pennsylvania assistant professor of psychology, recently described grit as, "perseverance and passion for long-term goals. Grit entails working strenuously toward challenges, maintaining effort and interest over years despite failure, adversity and plateaus in progress. The gritty individual approaches achievement as a marathon; his or her advantage is stamina. Whereas disappointment or boredom signals to others that it is time to change trajectory and cut losses, the gritty individual stays the course."

So, for those who continue to be frustrated by the numbers side of the application process, be sure to take advantage of your interview and essays to highlight examples of the much more important quality of grit. To read more about grit in the admissions process, click here.

 

 

 

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Choosing the Right Topic for Your College Essay

Are you happy with your essay topic?

Michael Winerip of the New York Times offers sound advice on college essays in a recent article in the New York Times. For those still pondering what to write about, the topic you choose is just as important as how you write your essay:

"They’re thinking big and exotic, when they need to think small and meaningful. The single most important advice I give them is to write about something that happened to them that made them feel deeply.

The saying about learning more from failure than success — I’d have to say it’s true, at least when it comes to college essays."

Winerip acknowledges that students are still trying to understand their inner selves, and realizing that the thoughts they have are common to others. Students have to be able to "let the inner out," in order to honestly share who they are with colleges.

To read the full article, click here.

 

 

 

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Expect Changes in the Common App Next Year

The Common App, used by a growing list of over 480 colleges, has definitely changed the college admissions landscape, and it's about to make some more changes for next year's applicants. Whether or not colleges or counselors agree, they are doing away with the "topic of your choice" essay questions, requiring students to select from four or five essay prompts that will change from year to year. Here are a few more changes that you may notice on August 1, 2014, when the Common App is expected to go live next year:

  • Essays that go under or exceed length requirements will receive an error message when uploaded.
  • There will be no way to upload a resume unless a school specifically requires it.
  • There will be updates to the user interface hopefully making it faster and easier to use.

To read more about the reported changes, click here.

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We know students have lots of questions about their college essays. Now is the chance to get your own questions answered and discover how to write truly compelling essays that get you accepted to your top-choice schools.  

This one-hour webinar with the founder of College Essay Organizer will be an open forum, so prepare all your questions in advance. For example, are you curious if the essay topic you chose is a great one? Struggling to figure out how to answer a particular question? Wondering if and how to use the Common App Additional Information space?

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 9, at 9pm EST. Click this link to reserve your spot (space is limited, so register now):

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One lucky participant will be selected to receive personalized feedback on his/her essay. 

If you work for a school or educational organization, feel free to attend our webinar and/or forward this invitation to seniors and their parents.

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