The Key to a Great Essay

aha momentStudents definitely have a lot on their plates this fall, from re-taking standardized tests, maintaining strong grades, writing college essays, deciding where to apply, filling in applications, keeping active with extracurriculars...it can all feel overwhelming! But what if you were also dealing with trying to fulfill much more basic needs at the same time? And not even just for yourself, but for your whole family, including much younger siblings. It's just not a reality that many students have to think about, let alone face!

But once in a while there is a story that surfaces that affects us all, because it makes us take a second look at the world around us, and at ourselves. It invites us to look beyond the surface, to gain a new perspective, and to be grateful for the little details we take for granted each day. So, if you are reading this, and you are still looking for the key to a great essay, it evolves from that deeper look. Maybe you've dealt with issues like Viviana Andazola Marquez, or maybe you feel like your life has been pretty smooth and easy, but either way, anyone has the ability, through observation and self-examination, to connect the dots in a new way, and come up with that essay that not only stands out, but more importantly, creates an aha moment that allows us a fleeting glimpse of how we're all interconnected.

To read about Viviana's story, click here, and don't miss her essay, along with a couple other inspiring essays, here.

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New Second Early Decision Deadline for Boston University

bubulldogMost seniors want to apply Early Decision in order to maximize their chances of getting into their dream school, but what if you're just not ready in the fall? Boston University has added a second Early Decision deadline this year, giving students the added advantage of committing to a school later on January 4. This is the same deadline as Boston University's Regular Admission deadline, but you will be notified of a decision sooner!

Students applying to the second Early Decision deadline will be notified of a decision on February 15 with a deposit due on March 1, while students applying Regular Admission will be notified late March/early April with a deposit due on May 1. Keep in mind that students applying to accelerated programs need to meet a November 15 deadline, and for scholarships, students must apply by December 1.

Go Terriers!

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Essay Questions Released for the 2015-2016 Season

Below is a list of all the schools that have been updated so far in College Essay Organizer for the 2015-2016 application season.

  1. St. John Fisher College
  2. Abilene Christian University
  3. Academy of Art University
  4. Adams State College
  5. Adelphi University
  6. Agnes Scott College
  7. Alaska Pacific University
  8. Albany College of Pharmacy of Union University
  9. Albion College
  10. Albright College
  11. Alfred University
  12. Allegheny College
  13. Alma College
  14. American University
  15. American University of Paris
  16. American University of Rome
  17. Amherst College
  18. Appalachian State University
  19. Arcadia University
  20. Art Center College of Design
  21. Assumption College
  22. Auburn University
  23. Augsburg College
  24. Augustana College (IL)
  25. Aurora University
  26. Austin Peay State University
  27. Babson College
  28. Baldwin-Wallace University
  29. Ball State University
  30. Bard College
  31. Bard College at Simon's Rock
  32. Barnard College
  33. Baruch College of the City University of New York
  34. Bates College
  35. Baylor University
  36. Beacon College
  37. Becker College
  38. Bellarmine University
  39. Belmont Abbey College
  40. Belmont University
  41. Beloit College
  42. Bemidji State University
  43. Benedict College
  44. Bennington College
  45. Bentley University
  46. Berklee College of Music
  47. Berry College
  48. Bethune-Cookman University
  49. Biola University
  50. Birmingham-Southern College
  51. Bloomfield College
  52. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  53. Boise State University
  54. Boston College
  55. Boston University
  56. Bowdoin College
  57. Bowling Green State University
  58. Bradley University
  59. Brandeis University
  60. Brevard College
  61. Bridgewater College
  62. Brooks Instiute
  63. Brown University
  64. Bryant University
  65. Bryn Mawr College
  66. Bucknell University
  67. Butler University
  68. Cabrini College
  69. California College of the Arts
  70. California Institute of Technology
  71. California Institute of the Arts
  72. California Lutheran University
  73. California Maritime Academy
  74. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
  75. California State University-Bakersfield
  76. California State University-Channel Islands
  77. California State University-Chico
  78. California State University-East Bay
  79. California State University-Fullerton
  80. California State University-Long Beach
  81. California State University-Los Angeles
  82. California State University-Monterey Bay
  83. California State University-Sacramento
  84. Calvin College
  85. Campbell University
  86. Canisius College
  87. Capital University
  88. Carleton College
  89. Carnegie Mellon University
  90. Carroll College
  91. Carroll University
  92. Carthage College
  93. Case Western Reserve University
  94. Castelton State College
  95. Catawba College
  96. Catholic University of America
  97. Cazenovia College
  98. Cedar Crest College
  99. Centenary College of Louisiana
  100. Central Methodist University
  101. Central Michigan University
  102. Central Washington University
  103. Centre College
  104. Champlain College
  105. Chapman University
  106. Chatham University
  107. Chicago State University
  108. Christian Brothers University in TN
  109. Christopher Newport University
  110. Citadel, The
  111. Claremont McKenna College
  112. Clark Atlanta University
  113. Clark University
  114. Clarkson University
  115. Clemson University
  116. Cleveland Institute of Art
  117. Coastal Carolina University
  118. Coe College
  119. Cogswell Polytechnical College
  120. Colby College
  121. Colby-Sawyer College
  122. Colgate University
  123. College of Charleston
  124. College of Idaho
  125. College of New Jersey
  126. College of Saint Elizabeth
  127. College of St. Benedict
  128. College of St. Joseph
  129. College of St. Rose (NY)
  130. College of the Atlantic
  131. College of the Holy Cross
  132. College of the Ozarks
  133. College of Wooster
  134. Colorado College
  135. Colorado Mesa University
  136. Colorado State University
  137. Columbia College Chicago
  138. Columbia University
  139. Columbus State University
  140. Concordia College
  141. Concordia University
  142. Concordia University (CA)
  143. Concordia University-Austin
  144. Connecticut College
  145. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  146. Cornell College
  147. Cornell University
  148. Cornish College of the Arts
  149. Creighton University
  150. Curry College
  151. Curtis Institute of Music
  152. Daemen College
  153. Dalhousie University
  154. Dallas Baptist University
  155. Dartmouth College
  156. Davidson College
  157. Deep Springs College
  158. Delaware State University
  159. Denison University
  160. DePaul University
  161. DePauw University
  162. DeSales University
  163. Dickinson College
  164. Dominican University of California
  165. Drew University
  166. Drexel University
  167. Drury University
  168. Duquesne University
  169. Earlham College
  170. East Carolina University
  171. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  172. East Tennessee State University
  173. Eastern Connecticut State University
  174. Eastern Michigan University
  175. Eastern University
  176. Eastern Washington University
  177. Eckerd College
  178. Elizabethtown College
  179. Elmhurst College
  180. Elmira College
  181. Elon University
  182. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  183. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  184. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Campus
  185. Emerson College
  186. Emmanuel College
  187. Emory and Henry College
  188. Emory University
  189. Endicott College
  190. Erskine College
  191. Evergreen State College
  192. Fairfield University
  193. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  194. Fashion Institute of Technology
  195. Fisher College (MA)
  196. Fisk University
  197. Fitchburg State University
  198. Flagler College
  199. Florida Atlantic University
  200. Florida Institute of Technology
  201. Florida International University
  202. Florida Southern College
  203. Florida State University
  204. Fordham University
  205. Fort Valley State University
  206. Franklin and Marshall College
  207. Franklin Pierce University
  208. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  209. Fresno Pacific University
  210. Frostburg State University
  211. Furman University
  212. Gannon University
  213. George Mason University
  214. George Washington University
  215. Georgetown University
  216. Georgia College and State University
  217. Georgia Institute of Technology
  218. Georgia Southern University
  219. Georgia State University
  220. Gettysburg College
  221. Gonzaga University
  222. Goshen College
  223. Goucher College
  224. Grinnell College
  225. Grove City College
  226. Guilford College
  227. Gustavus Adolphus College
  228. Hamilton College
  229. Hampden-Sydney College
  230. Hampshire College
  231. Hampton University
  232. Hanover College
  233. Hardin-Simmons University
  234. Harding University
  235. Hartwick College
  236. Harvard University
  237. Harvey Mudd College
  238. Hastings College
  239. Haverford College
  240. Hawaii Pacific University
  241. Hendrix College
  242. High Point University
  243. Hillsdale College
  244. Hiram College
  245. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  246. Hofstra University
  247. Hollins University
  248. Hope College
  249. Houghton College
  250. Howard University
  251. Idaho State University
  252. Illinois Institute of Technology
  253. Illinois State University
  254. Illinois Wesleyan University
  255. Indiana University
  256. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  257. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
  258. Indiana Wesleyan University
  259. Ithaca College
  260. James Madison University
  261. John Carroll University
  262. Johns Hopkins University
  263. Johnson & Wales at Charlotte
  264. Johnson & Wales at Charlotte at North Miami
  265. Johnson & Wales at Providence
  266. Johnson and Wales University at Colorado
  267. Johnson University Florida
  268. Juilliard School
  269. Juniata College
  270. Kalamazoo College
  271. Kansas State University
  272. Kean University
  273. Kent State University
  274. Kenyon College
  275. Kettering University
  276. King's College
  277. Knox College
  278. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  279. La Salle University
  280. La Sierra University
  281. Lafayette College
  282. Laguna College of Art and Design
  283. Lake Erie College
  284. Lake Forest College
  285. Lasell College
  286. Lawrence University
  287. Le Moyne College
  288. Lees-McRae College
  289. Lehigh University
  290. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  291. Lesley University
  292. Lewis & Clark College
  293. Liberty University
  294. Linfield College
  295. Long Island University-Brooklyn
  296. Longwood University
  297. Louisiana State University
  298. Louisiana State University-Shreveport
  299. Louisiana Tech University
  300. Loyola Marymount University
  301. Loyola University Chicago
  302. Loyola University Maryland
  303. Loyola University New Orleans
  304. Luther College
  305. Lycoming College
  306. Lynchburg College
  307. Lyndon State College
  308. Lynn University
  309. Lyon College
  310. Macalester College
  311. Maharishi University of Management
  312. Maine College of Art
  313. Manhattan College
  314. Marietta College
  315. Marist College
  316. Marlboro College
  317. Marquette University
  318. Marshall University
  319. Marymount Manhattan College
  320. Maryville College
  321. Maryville University of St. Louis
  322. Marywood University
  323. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  324. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  325. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  326. McDaniel College
  327. McGill University
  328. McKendree University
  329. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
  330. Menlo College
  331. Mercer University
  332. Mercy College
  333. Mercyhurst College
  334. Meredith College
  335. Merrimack College
  336. Messiah College
  337. Miami University (OH)
  338. Michigan State University
  339. Michigan Technological University
  340. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  341. Middlebury College
  342. Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  343. Millikin University
  344. Mills College
  345. Millsaps College
  346. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  347. Misericordia University
  348. Mississippi College
  349. Mississippi State University
  350. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  351. Mitchell College
  352. Monmouth College
  353. Monmouth University
  354. Montana State University-Bozeman
  355. Montana Tech of the University of Montana
  356. Montreat College
  357. Montserrat College of Art
  358. Moravian College
  359. Morehouse College
  360. Morgan State University
  361. Mount Ida College
  362. Mount Saint Mary College
  363. Mount Saint Mary's University
  364. Mount St. Mary's University (MD)
  365. Muhlenberg College
  366. Murray State University
  367. Muskingum University
  368. Nazareth College
  369. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  370. New College of Florida
  371. New England College
  372. New Jersey Institute of Technology
  373. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  374. New Mexico State University
  375. New World School of the Arts
  376. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
  377. New York Institute of Technology
  378. New York University
  379. Newbury College
  380. Niagara University
  381. Nichols College
  382. Norfolk State University
  383. North Carolina State University-Raleigh
  384. North Central College
  385. Northeastern University
  386. Northern Arizona University
  387. Northern Illinois University
  388. Northland College
  389. Northwest Missouri State University
  390. Northwestern University
  391. Norwich University
  392. Notre Dame de Namur University
  393. Oberlin College
  394. Occidental College
  395. Oglethorpe University
  396. Ohio Northern University
  397. Ohio State University-Columbus
  398. Ohio University
  399. Ohio Wesleyan University
  400. Oklahoma City University
  401. Oklahoma State University
  402. Old Dominion University
  403. Olivet College
  404. Oregon Institute of Technology
  405. Oregon State University
  406. Otis College of Art and Design
  407. Otterbein University
  408. Pace University
  409. Pacific Union College
  410. Pacific University (OR)
  411. Palm Beach Atlantic University
  412. Parsons The New School for Design
  413. Paul Smith's College
  414. Pennsylvania State University-University Park
  415. Pepperdine University
  416. Philadelphia University
  417. Piedmont College
  418. Pine Manor College
  419. Pitzer College
  420. Point Loma Nazarene University
  421. Point Park University
  422. Pomona College
  423. Portland State University
  424. Post University
  425. Pratt Institute
  426. Presbyterian College
  427. Prescott College
  428. Princeton University
  429. Providence College
  430. Purdue University-West Lafayette
  431. Queens University of Charlotte
  432. Quinnipiac University
  433. Radford University
  434. Ramapo College of New Jersey
  435. Randolph College
  436. Randolph-Macon College
  437. Regis College
  438. Regis University
  439. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  440. Rhode Island College
  441. Rhode Island School of Design
  442. Rhodes College
  443. Rice University
  444. Rider University
  445. Ringling College of Art & Design
  446. Ripon College
  447. Roanoke College
  448. Rochester Institute of Technology
  449. Rockland Community College
  450. Roger WIlliams University
  451. Rollins College
  452. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  453. Rosemont College
  454. Rowan University
  455. Russell Sage College
  456. Sacred Heart University
  457. Sage College of Albany
  458. Saint Anselm College
  459. Saint Francis University
  460. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  461. Saint Joseph's University
  462. Saint Leo University
  463. Saint Louis University
  464. Saint Martin's University
  465. Saint Mary's College (CA)
  466. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  467. Saint Michael's College
  468. Saint Peter's University
  469. Saint Vincent College
  470. Salem College
  471. Salisbury University
  472. Salve Regina University
  473. Sam Houston State University
  474. San Diego State University
  475. San Francisco State University
  476. San Jose City College
  477. Santa Clara University
  478. Santa Fe Community College
  479. Santa Monica College
  480. Sarah Lawrence College
  481. Savannah College of Art and Design
  482. Savannah State University
  483. School of Visual Arts
  484. Scripps College
  485. Seattle Pacific University
  486. Seattle University
  487. Shenandoah University
  488. Shepherd University
  489. Shippensbirg University
  490. Shorter University
  491. Siena College
  492. Simmons College
  493. Skidmore College
  494. Slippery Rock University
  495. Smith College
  496. Soka University of America
  497. South Carolina State University
  498. South Dakota State University
  499. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  500. Southern Methodist University
  501. Southern Nazarene University
  502. Southern Oregon University
  503. Southern University at New Orleans
  504. Southwestern University
  505. Spelman College
  506. Spring Hill College
  507. Springfield College
  508. Catherine University
  509. George's University
  510. John's College (MD)
  511. John's College (NM)
  512. John's University (NY)
  513. Lawrence University
  514. Louis College of Pharmacy
  515. Mary's College
  516. Mary's College of Maryland
  517. Norbert College
  518. Olaf College
  519. Petersburg College
  520. Thomas Aquinas College
  521. Stanford University
  522. State University of New York at Albany
  523. State University of New York at Binghamton
  524. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
  525. State University of New York at Cortland
  526. State University of New York at Fredonia
  527. State University of New York at Geneseo
  528. State University of New York at New Paltz
  529. State University of New York at Old Westbury
  530. State University of New York at Oneonta
  531. State University of New York at Oswego
  532. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  533. State University of New York at Potsdam
  534. State University of New York at Purchase
  535. State University of New York at Stony Brook
  536. State University of New York-College at Brockport
  537. State University of New York-University at Buffalo
  538. Stephens College
  539. Sterling College
  540. Stetson University
  541. Stevens Institute of Technology
  542. Stevenson University
  543. Stockton University
  544. Stonehill College
  545. Suffolk University
  546. Susquehanna University
  547. Swarthmore College
  548. Syracuse University
  549. Temple University
  550. Texas Christian University
  551. Texas State University
  552. Texas Tech University
  553. Texas Woman's University
  554. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles
  555. The Art Institute of California-San Francisco
  556. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  557. Thomas Aquinas College
  558. Thomas College
  559. Tiffin University
  560. Touro College
  561. Towson University
  562. Transylvania University
  563. Trine University
  564. Trinity College (CT)
  565. Troy University
  566. Truman State University
  567. Tufts University
  568. Tulane University
  569. Tusculum College
  570. Tuskegee University
  571. Union College
  572. United States Air Force Academy
  573. United States Coast Guard Academy
  574. United States Merchant Marine Academy
  575. United States Naval Academy
  576. Unity College
  577. University of Akron
  578. University of Alabama
  579. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  580. University of Alaska-Southeast
  581. University of Alberta
  582. University of Arizona
  583. University of Arkansas
  584. University of Bridgeport
  585. University of California-Berkeley
  586. University of California-Davis
  587. University of California-Irvine
  588. University of California-Los Angeles
  589. University of California-Merced
  590. University of California-Riverside
  591. University of California-San Diego
  592. University of California-Santa Barbara
  593. University of California-Santa Cruz
  594. University of Central Florida
  595. University of Chicago
  596. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  597. University of Colorado-Boulder
  598. University of Colorado-Denver
  599. University of Connecticut
  600. University of Dallas
  601. University of Dayton
  602. University of Denver
  603. University of Detroit Mercy
  604. University of Evansville
  605. University of Findlay
  606. University of Florida
  607. University of Georgia
  608. University of Great Falls
  609. University of Hartford
  610. University of Houston
  611. University of Idaho
  612. University of Illinois-Chicago
  613. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  614. University of Indianapolis
  615. University of Iowa
  616. University of Kansas
  617. University of Kentucky
  618. University of La Verne
  619. University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  620. University of Maine-Farmington
  621. University of Maine-Orono
  622. University of Mary
  623. University of Mary Washington
  624. University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  625. University of Maryland-College Park
  626. University of Maryland-University College
  627. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  628. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  629. University of Massachusetts-Boston
  630. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  631. University of Miami
  632. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  633. University of Minnesota-Duluth (MN)
  634. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  635. University of Mississippi
  636. University of Missouri-Columbia
  637. University of Missouri-Kansas city
  638. University of Montevallo
  639. University of Mount Union
  640. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  641. University of Nebraska-Omaha
  642. University of New England
  643. University of New Hampshire
  644. University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  645. University of New Haven
  646. University of New Orleans
  647. University of North Carolina-Asheville
  648. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  649. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  650. University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  651. University of North Dakota
  652. University of North Florida
  653. University of North Georgia
  654. University of North Texas
  655. University of Northern Colorado
  656. University of Notre Dame
  657. University of Oregon
  658. University of Pennsylvania
  659. University of Pittsburgh
  660. University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
  661. University of Portland
  662. University of Puget Sound
  663. University of Redlands
  664. University of Rhode Island
  665. University of Richmond
  666. University of Rochester
  667. University of San Diego
  668. University of San Francisco
  669. University of Saskatchewan
  670. University of Scranton
  671. University of South Carolina-Columbia
  672. University of South Dakota
  673. University of South Florida
  674. University of South Florida-St. Petersburg Campus
  675. University of Southern California
  676. University of Southern Maine
  677. University of St. Andrews
  678. University of St. Thomas
  679. University of Tampa
  680. University of Tennessee
  681. University of Texas-Arlington
  682. University of Texas-Austin
  683. University of Texas-Dallas
  684. University of Texas-San Antonio
  685. University of the Pacific
  686. University of the Sciences
  687. University of Toledo
  688. University of Toronto
  689. University of Tulsa
  690. University of Vermont
  691. University of Victoria
  692. University of Virginia
  693. University of Waterloo
  694. University of Western Ontario
  695. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  696. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  697. University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  698. University of Wyoming
  699. Ursinus College
  700. Utah State University
  701. Utica College
  702. Valdosta State University
  703. Valparaiso University
  704. Vanderbilt University
  705. Vassar College
  706. Villanova University
  707. Virginia Commonwealth University
  708. Virginia Tech
  709. Virginia Wesleyan College
  710. Wabash College
  711. Wagner College
  712. Wake Forest University
  713. Warren Wilson College
  714. Wartburg College
  715. Washington and Jefferson College
  716. Washington and Lee University
  717. Washington College
  718. Washington State University
  719. Washington University in St. Louis
  720. Webb Institute
  721. Wellesley College
  722. Wells College
  723. Wentworth Institute of Technology
  724. Wentworth Military Academy and College
  725. Wesley College (Delaware)
  726. Wesleyan College
  727. Wesleyan University
  728. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  729. West Virginia University
  730. Western Carolina University
  731. Western Connecticut State University
  732. Western Michigan University
  733. Western New England University
  734. Western Oregon University
  735. Western State Colorado University
  736. Western Washington University
  737. Westminster College (MO)
  738. Westminster College (PA)
  739. Westminster College of Salt Lake City
  740. Westmont College
  741. Wheaton College
  742. Wheaton College (IL)
  743. Whitman College
  744. Whittier College
  745. Whitworth University
  746. Widener University
  747. Wilkes University
  748. Willamette University
  749. William Jewell College
  750. William Paterson University
  751. Williams College
  752. Wingate University
  753. Winona State University (MN)
  754. Winthrop University
  755. Wittenberg University
  756. Wofford College
  757. Woodbury University
  758. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  759. Worcester State College
  760. Wright State University
  761. Xavier University (OH)
  762. Xavier University of Louisiana
  763. Yale University
  764. Yeshiva University
  765. York College of Pennsylvania
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Time to Focus on that Last Standardized Test

A feeling we all know...

A feeling we all know . . . but the more you can keep it in perspective, the better!

If you're like a lot of seniors interested in competitive schools, you're probably planning on increasing your chances of getting in by applying early to your top-choice school.  And that means that you are probably hoping to increase your standardized test scores by taking them one last time this fall... Students typically see their biggest jump in the fall of their senior year, so definitely make sure you're registered, and start reviewing those practice tests if you took the summer off.

If you're unsure whether to take the ACT or SAT, know that more students are now taking the ACT each year than the SAT, and that trend is likely to continue. With significant changes planned for the SAT test, it makes sense for students to want to stick with the more predictable option. To learn more interesting statistics about the ACT and SAT, click here.

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