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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Write Winning Essays With College Essay Organizer

Writing winning application essays is one of the most challenging and important steps of the application process, and College Essay Organizer can help make it smooth and successful. You may be surprised to discover you have dozens of essays to write -- there are supplemental, optional, program-specific, short-take, and scholarship questions, most of which (oddly enough) you won’t find on the applications. But College Essay Organizer has them all.

Don't believe you actually have that many essays? See for yourself here and you’ll also:

  • write fewer essays by seeing how your essay questions overlap
  • save hours finding and organizing all your questions to prevent procrastination
  • avoid overlooking crucial essay questions that aren't on the Common App
  • get instant notifications when the new essay questions come out this summer
  • join exciting webinars from the nation's leading college essay experts
  • win scholarship money and free expert support through fun daily contests
  • access winning essay samples related to your own essay topics

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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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Email Template For Promoting College Essay Organizer

Writing winning application essays is one of the most challenging and important steps of the application process, and College Essay Organizer can help make it smooth and successful. You may be surprised to discover you have dozens of essays to write -- there are supplemental, optional, program-specific, short-take, and scholarship questions, most of which (oddly enough) you won’t find on the applications, including the Common App. But College Essay Organizer has them all.

Don't believe you actually have that many essays? See for yourself here and you’ll also:

  • write fewer essays by seeing how your essay questions overlap
  • save hours finding and organizing all your questions to prevent procrastination
  • avoid overlooking crucial essay questions that aren't on the Common App
  • get instant notifications when the new essay questions come out this summer
  • join exciting webcasts from the nation's leading college essay experts
  • win scholarship money and free expert support through fun daily contests
  • access winning essay samples related to your own essay topics

Click here to get started for FREE now! 

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Enter the special promo code COMPANY-SPECIFIC CODE if you opt for the RoadMap or Expert Access webcast series!

 

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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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Suggested Timetable for the College Essay Process

JUNE

  1. Create an Initial College List. Introduce your student to College Essay Organizer by putting colleges on her list, knowing that this list will likely change a bit in the weeks and months ahead. Explain that her RoadMap is where you will do all your college essay work together, from beginning to end. Highlight that it will provide all the essay questions, map out a personal strategy for writing the fewest essays possible, and allow you to share and edit drafts (if you wish).
  2. Brainstorm. Send out brainstorming questions to gather raw info about your student. This stage is all about encouraging your student to express herself freely. It is perhaps the most important part of the entire college essay process—without great ideas and details, the essay topics will be bland, and bland topics inevitably breed bland essays. Find a link to our brainstorming sheet for students here (modify it however you wish): https://www.collegeessayorganizer.com/personal_intake_form.pdf If using College Essay Organizer to share and edit drafts: Tell the student to upload her brainstorming (as a Word doc) under “Add File” next to the Common App Personal Essay, and to then click the Alert symbol and then “Email My Alerts to Counselor.” On your end, you will now see “View File” next to the Common App Personal Essay; download the file and review it on your end. Make notes as needed, upload your new file, and alert your student to review your comments. This is a good introduction for both of you to the process of uploading drafts and using the alert system; it will allow you to save hours of time and avoid confusion as you eventually deal with multiple drafts for multiple questions and colleges.
  3. Assign Focused Free Writing. Once you’ve gotten the brainstorming back from your student, you’ll likely have to follow it up with questions that delve deeper into promising topics/themes. Ask her “why” or “how” in order to get more info. For example: “You say you love physics but don’t go into detail. Tell me why. How do you plan to pursue this passion? Give me specific examples of any relevant experiences.” Again, have the student post this new focused free writing file to the Common App Personal Essay and alert you when ready.
  4. Outline. Now that you have the student’s raw, detailed thoughts, it’s time to figure out which topics will work for all the different essays. This is where College Essay Organizer comes into play. Simply reference each student’s RoadMap to determine the specific topics for each of the required essays. For example, if the RoadMap calls for an essay about community, see the different questions that you can use this community-related essay for. Reading the different questions first will help you determine what direction you can go in for that particular student. The exact essay direction will be based on the student’s unique community-related experiences or ideas, and the various questions that may ask about a specific aspect of community. The student should then write one community-themed essay that addresses all of the different questions (with some modification if needed). If you feel that the student would be better suited to write on a different topic for a particular question, the RoadMap can be customized accordingly. Now that you and your student are referencing College Essay Organizer, you can encourage the student to read the essay samples posted on the RoadMap. These samples will help your student understand the nature of a college essay, which is typically very foreign to applicants.

JULY

  1. Write the Big Three Essays. There are three essays we typically start with: 1) a character-driven essay for the Common App Personal Essay; 2) a practical essay about the student’s most significant activity; and 3) an intellectual interests essay that serves as a foundation for the many questions asking why the student is applying to each college. (Remember to upload all drafts to College Essay Organizer, and use the alert system for this drafting process—it might take a couple times to get used to it, but once you do, you’ll see your old way of emailing drafts back and forth as antiquated.)
  2. Write the Intellectual Interests Essay. Have your student research the academic programs for any college that will use the Intellectual Interests essay (according to the student’s RoadMap). You can then modify the foundational Intellectual Interests essay so it directly speaks to each college and each specific question. View this sample essay and special tip for additional insight: https://www.collegeessayorganizer.com/samples/intellectualinterests.aspx

AUGUST

  1. Create and Complete the Common App. It goes live August 1. Have your student create her Common App account and fill out all the pages.
  2. Complete the Supplement Forms. Have the student add all the colleges she is applying to and fill out all the basic info on their supplement forms (leaving the essays to be dealt with separately).
  3. Customize Each Student’s RoadMap. As the new essay questions are updated for this season, you or the student can go through all non-required questions to ‘Remove’ those that are not relevant to that student (you can add them back if you change your mind). You can also assign an essay topic to any of the non-required questions that your student will be addressing (these are listed under the colleges beneath the RoadMap of all required questions). The question will then appear in the top part of the RoadMap sorted by topic. You may also change the topic of any required questions (once they have been updated for the new season), so that the RoadMap accurately represents your ideal writing plan for each student. Whenever you or the student logs into the account, you’ll see all the questions, and only the questions, for that student.
  4. Work on the Supplement Essays. Now that the big three essays have been completed and the new supplements have been released, you can turn to the other essays on the student’s RoadMap. You can go by college (i.e., dealing with all the essays that University X requires—this is a good approach if the student is applying early) or you can go by essay (i.e., reference the essays as they are laid out in the RoadMap and write, say, a community essay that can be used for multiple questions, modifying it as needed for each individual question, and then move on to the next assigned essay).

SEPTEMBER

  1. Track Your Progress. Check off “Complete” next to each essay question so you can quickly see what’s finished and what’s left. You can un-check this box at anytime.
  2. Work Smarter and Love it. Continue to work on the different drafts, especially for any early decision/early action/rolling decision colleges, and let College Essay Organizer notify you when any slow colleges have finally released their new application questions. Enjoy knowing that all your clients’ essay plans and drafts for all their different questions are organized cleanly in one place—one less thing to worry about now that crunch time has arrived.

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