Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2013-2014 Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated through June 28 in College Essay Organizer for the 2013-2014 application season. Expect many more updates throughout the weekend and into next week.

  1. Boston College
  2. Georgetown University
  3. Georgia College and State University
  4. Goucher College
  5. Texas A&M University-College Station
  6. University of California-Berkeley
  7. University of California-Davis
  8. University of California-Irvine
  9. University of California-Los Angeles
  10. University of California-Merced
  11. University of California-Riverside
  12. University of California-San Diego
  13. University of California-Santa Barbara
  14. University of California-Santa Cruz
  15. University of Chicago
  16. University of Georgia
  17. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  18. University of Pennsylvania
  19. University of Pittsburgh
  20. University of Richmond
  21. University of Virginia
  22. Villanova University
  23. Virginia Tech
  24. Wesleyan College
  25. Yale University

 

 

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Yale's Essay Questions for 2013-2014 Are Released

Yale recently posted its supplemental essay topics for the 2013-2014 season on its website allowing eager rising seniors to get a jump-start on writing their college essays. You can view the questions here.

Curiously, the website states that the Yale supplement won't be released on the Common App until Sept 1 this year, a full month after the Common App promised that all supplements will go live. This fuels our skepticism surrounding the Common App's claim that each and every college's supplement will be available via the Common App on August 1. Failing that, it's Yale's typo -- and if you've used College Essay Organizer in the past, you know that we catch dozens of such typos and outright errors on the applications each season and point them out for you.

Nothing like catching the colleges in their own goofs -- in fact, our founder, Dan Stern, wrote a popular little essay about this that was published in the New York Times a few years ago.

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Virginia Tech and UPenn Essay Questions are Updated

Both Virginia Tech and University of Pennsylvania will be changing their essay questions this season. Although the questions are similar to last year's, they're significant enough that you should log into your College Essay Organizer accounts before you begin working on your 2013-2014 essay questions.

We'll keep updating you as more schools release the essay questions for the 2013-2014 college application season. And if there are essay questions that you know have been released and you're waiting on them, please email us at info@collegeessayorganizer.com. We'll let you know when you can expect to see the school updated in College Essay Organizer.

 

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Recently Updated Schools From College Essay Organizer

Below is a list of colleges we've updated so far for the 2013-2014 application season.

You will also notice that the asterisk before each of the following colleges has been removed in our database, indicating that the college is now updated:

  1. Boston College
  2. Georgetown University
  3. Georgia College and State University
  4. Texas A&M University-College Station
  5. University of California-Berkeley
  6. University of California-Davis
  7. University of California-Irvine
  8. University of California-Los Angeles
  9. University of California-Merced
  10. University of California-Riverside
  11. University of California-San Diego
  12. University of California-Santa Barbara
  13. University of California-Santa Cruz
  14. University of Chicago
  15. University of Pittsburgh
  16. University of Virginia
  17. Wesleyan College

Please note that while the ApplyTexas essay prompts have been updated (see here for the 2013-2014 essay questions), the application will not be live until August 1.

Only a few colleges post their new applications this early. Most colleges will update in July/August, and we'll be right on top of them all for you. We will also be updating many colleges before the Common App goes live August 1. 

Tip: For some updated colleges, certain questions may not yet be confirmed for the new season (eg, program-specific questions) so you will see a "Not Yet Updated" watermark behind such questions.

Note: If you are aware of any college that has released its new application but is not yet updated in College Essay Organizer, odds are we're already working on it. Keep in mind that we are updating not just the required questions but also the many program-specific, special applicant, and scholarship questions. That said, feel free to reply to this email noting any college application you believe is now available, and we will inform you when it will be live in College Essay Organizer.

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A Great Source of College Admissions Information Being Discontinued

The New York Times Choice Blog, a go-to source for college admissions news and information, is being discontinued after four years of helping students and parents navigate through the college essay process. While we are definitely sad to see it go, we will continue to share in its mission to make the college application process less stressful, more entertaining (maybe even fun on occasion--check out these videos) and successful. We will also be rolling out an extensive new webinar series in July, featuring experts covering such topics as getting financial aid, completing the applications, writing winning essays, and many more.

Summer is our busiest season at College Essay Organizer as we eagerly await the release of new essay questions, and we share in your excitement as each college is updated for the 2013-2014 application season. We also add new information daily, updating you as schools release their applications, sharing admissions-related news and answering your questions about the college admissions process. If you have any requests for new blog topics, please email us at info@collegeessayorganizer.com now as we begin to plan ahead for the coming months.

 

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Recently Updated Schools From College Essay Organizer

Here's a list of the first colleges we've updated for the 2013-2014 application season.

You will notice that the asterisk before each of the following colleges has been removed in our database, indicating that the college is now updated:

  1. Boston College
  2. Georgetown University
  3. Georgia College and State University
  4. University of California-Berkeley
  5. University of California-Davis
  6. University of California-Irvine
  7. University of California-Los Angeles
  8. University of California-Merced
  9. University of California-Riverside
  10. University of California-San Diego
  11. University of California-Santa Barbara
  12. University of California-Santa Cruz
  13. University of Chicago
  14. University of Virginia
  15. Wesleyan College
Only a few colleges post their new applications this early. As many of you know, ALL college supplements will be available when the Common App goes live on August 1 (The Common App recently confirmed this on their Facebook page.), but that won't get in the way of College Essay Organizer delivering essay questions to you even earlier!

Tip: For some updated colleges, certain questions may not yet be confirmed for the new season (eg, program-specific questions) so you will see a "Not Yet Updated" watermark behind such questions.

Note: If you are aware of any college that has released its new application but is not yet updated in College Essay Organizer, odds are we're already working on it. Keep in mind that we are updating not just the required questions but also the many program-specific, special applicant, and scholarship questions. That said, feel free to reply to this email noting any college application you believe is now available, and we will inform you when it will be live in College Essay Organizer.

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First Essay Updates of the 2013-2014 Season

Get a head start on your essays with College Essay Organizer.

As promised, we won't wait until August 1 to update essay questions. Boston College and University of Chicago have confirmed their essay questions for the 2013-2014 season, and you can login to your College Essay Organizer account now to find them, or create your account here.

Last year we updated 286 schools before the Common App launched August 1, and we hope to break that record this year, so keep checking back for more updates in the weeks to come!

If you are aware of any college that has released its new application but is not yet updated in College Essay Organizer, odds are we're already working on it. Keep in mind that we are updating not just the required questions but also the many program-specific, special applicant, and scholarship questions. That said, feel free to reply to this email noting any college application you believe is now available, and we will inform you when it will be live in College Essay Organizer.

Here's to a great season!

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Checklist for Juniors

As the end of the school year approaches, juniors are beginning to wonder what they can do to prepare for the college admissions process ahead. Kristen Learner, the director of college counseling at The Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and Jeffrey Wong, a college counselor at the school, offer some advise on what to focus on during the summer months.

  • Make sure you have a challenging group of classes for senior year. Colleges want to see that you're pushing yourself, and taking harder classes each year.
  • Seek out teacher recommendations now, and pay attention to how a teacher responds to your request. If he or she sounds less than enthusiastic, you may want to consider a different teacher.
  • Choose your summer plans carefully. Colleges want to see that you're doing something you love and developing your interests.
  • Decide which standardized tests you will be taking
  • Start your Common App main essay. College Essay Organizer already has it updated, and we'll be on top of all the supplements as well. Many students are worried about missing an essay question due to the new CA4 format, but College Essay Organizer has you covered.

 

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