SAT Score Reports Are Delayed

the-official-sat-study-guide-college-board_MLB-F-4659889379_0720131-911x392Students who rushed their SAT scores in order to make the November 1 early application deadline, may have received the below note from The College Board letting them know that their reports will most likely be arriving late. Fortunately, The College Board is reaching out to colleges, and students will in no way be penalized for this delay. Nonetheless, it's another added stress to families worried about getting all of their materials in on time, as well as to colleges wanting to stick to their notification dates.

Dear Student,

Processing of rush SAT® score report orders placed on or after Oct. 15, 2015, is taking longer than expected, and your scores are among a set that have not yet been sent to universities. We will deliver score reports as soon as possible. For colleges that allow self-reporting on their applications, you can view your scores online and report them directly.

We are reaching out to colleges with early action/early decision deadlines of Nov. 1 to make them aware of the situation, and we are encouraging them be flexible should scores arrive late.

If you ordered your score reports for rush delivery on or after Oct. 15, you will receive a refund of the $31 fee if your order was not fulfilled within two business days from the time your order was placed. Please allow 5–10 business days for the credit to appear on your credit card or PayPal account.

We recognize the importance of timely score delivery and apologize for the inconvenience.

The College Board

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Don't Miss Out on Applying Early to George Washington

gw_txt_4cp_pos_0Most students have already caught on that applying early decision gives you an added edge in the admissions process. If you can narrow down your college list to one dream school, don't miss your chance! Over the years, the Common App has revolutionized the college application process, making it easier for students to apply to multiple schools resulting in confusion as to which students will accept offers if admitted.

For more information on how this has affected George Washington's admissions process, don't miss this article. In short, GW had a significant drop in early admission applicants in 2014 receiving 1,089 applications, nearly half of what the University brought in in previous years. As a result, the University admitted 65 percent of those applicants, 21 percent more than the overall admission rate that year. So if you feel like GW is a good fit for you, applying early decision can only help!

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New York University Has 27 Additional Essay Questions

nyuNew York University had a record year with more than 60,000 students applying this past season, and approximately 2,500 students applied early. If you are one of the thousands applying early this year, definitely check out your Essay RoadMap to confirm that there are no additional program-specific essay questions that you may have overlooked. Each year, we have several students emailing us post-deadline saying that they wished they would have checked the non-required questions as they had missed a key essay.

While NYU has one required supplemental essay, there are 27 additional program-specific essay questions that are not easily found! Here is a list of several programs that you'll need to submit an additional essay for:

Dental Hygiene Program
Drama Directing program
Drama Production & Design program
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Music Education Program
Steinhardt’s Music Business Program
Steinhardt’s Music Technology Program
Steinhardt’s Studio Art Program
Tisch Cinema Studies program
Tisch Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
Tisch Dramatic Writing Program
Tisch Game Design Program
Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Tisch Photography and Imaging

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Early Deadline Coming Up for Stanford University on November 1

stanfordColleges really want to get to know you during the college application process, and it's also a great opportunity for students to get to know themselves better! There are so many changes going on both on the inside and on the outside, that taking a moment to check in with yourself can get easily overlooked. College essays force you to look within, some use a more subtle method, and others in a much more deep and obvious way.

If you're applying to Stanford, it can be quite clear that the school wants to learn about you and what makes you tick. Take a look at some of Stanford's questions below. Even if you won't be applying to Stanford, if will still provide you with a valuable moment of introspection that you can keep with you long after the college application process is forgotten.

A) Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.

B) Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better.

C) What matters to you, and why?

D) Briefly respond to the following seven inquiries so we can get to know you better. Do not feel compelled to use complete sentences.

  1. Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/or artists
  2. What newspapers, magazines, and/or websites do you enjoy?
  3. What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
  4. How did you spend your last two summers?
  5. What were your favorite events (e.g., performances, exhibits, competitions, conferences, etc.) in recent years?
  6. What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
  7. What five words best describe you?

 

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Fall SAT Scores Are Released

Always good to check in with yourself now and then.

Always good to check in with yourself now and then!

As students continue to plug away at their early admissions applications, all the while trying to determine whether or not they will be accepted to their top-choice schools, one important piece of the puzzle has come in. SAT scores were released yesterday, bringing with them a flood of emotions. . . .Whether you feel satisfied or disappointed, take a moment to appreciate yourself for all the effort you have put into the process thus far. And remember amidst all the pressures, hopes, and dreams, that ultimately you will end up at the right place for you, and your four years of college will give you back as much as you put into them. There are over 2,000 colleges across the United States, and while they don't all make the news with the same frequency, there are outstanding human beings that emerge from all of them and live on to accomplish amazing things. That could be you, no matter what college you end up attending!

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Why Do You Want to Apply to Columbia University?

Columbia Universcolumbiaity's Early Decision deadline is November 1 giving students only ten more days to polish off a maximum of eight supplemental essays in addition to the Common App main essay! Perhaps one of the most important essay questions Columbia and many other schools ask is why you want to attend. On Columbia's application, the exact wording is, "Please tell us what you find most appealing about Columbia and why."

This is your chance to demonstrate your interest! Definitely spend time thinking about how you can best convey your goals and dreams and how Columbia is the perfect place for those to blossom. Unfortunately, these types of essay questions generally lead to students regurgitating the college's brochure, which is not the way to go. Log into your Essay RoadMap account here to see a successful essay sample for this type of question.

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Apply Early to Tufts University

tuftsIf you're considering Tufts University, you have two chances to apply early decision, with the deadlines being November 1 or January 1. And being one of the most competitive schools in the country, Tufts clearly attracts thousands of applicants! But perhaps what might entice applicants even more, after reading dozens of boring essay prompts, are the lively essay options that Tufts provides, and updates each year. This year's prompts are sure to not disappoint:

Now we’d like to know a little bit more about you. Please respond to ONE of the following six questions (200-250 words):

A) Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—the first elected female head of state in Africa and winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize—has lived a life of achievement. “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough," she once said. As you apply to college, what are your dreams?

B) What makes you happy?

C) Science and society are filled with rules, theories, and laws such as the First Amendment, PV=nRT, Occam’s Razor, and The Law of Diminishing Returns. In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. A green light on a roadway means "go." Pick any law and explain its significance to you. 

D) It's cool to be smart. Tell us about the subjects or ideas that excite your intellectual curiosity.

E) Nelson Mandela believed that "what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." Describe a way in which you have made or hope to make a difference.

F) Celebrate the role of sports in your life.

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Don't Overlook Cornell University's Supplemental Essays

cornellCornell University, along with hundreds of other competitive schools, has its early decision deadline coming up on November 1. While at first glance, this school appears to have no required questions aside from the main Common App essay, once you select the college of your choice, you will see supplemental questions appear. Be sure to select all of your interests early on when filling out your applications so you can be sure that you're not overlooking any hidden questions. 

To view Cornell's additional essay questions and see if any of the ten supplemental essays apply to you, you can log into your College Essay Organizer account here, or see below for a sneak peak of a few of Cornell's additional essays:

Cornell University Supplement #1

Type
Required only for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences applicants; if you are utilizing the primary / alternate admission option, you must complete the essays that correspond to BOTH your primary and alternate choice

Question
How have your interests and related experiences influenced the major you have selected in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences?

Length
650 words maximum

Cornell University Supplement #2

Type
Required only for College of Architecture, Art, and Planning applicants; if you are utilizing the primary / alternate admission option, you must complete the essays that correspond to BOTH your primary and alternate choice

Question
Why are you excited to pursue your chosen major in AAP? What specifically about AAP and Cornell University will help you fulfill your academic and creative interests and long-term goals?

Length
650 words maximum

Cornell University Supplement #3

Type
Required only for College of Arts and Sciences applicants; if you are utilizing the primary / alternate admission option, you must complete the essays that correspond to BOTH your primary and alternate choice

Question
Describe two or three of your current intellectual interests and why they are exciting to you. Why will Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences be the right environment in which to pursue your interests?

Length
650 words maximum

 

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University of Chicago Early Deadlines are Fast Approaching

uchicagoIf you're applying early, you no doubt have your Common App main essay completed, but have you finished all of your supplemental essays? Let's take University of Chicago for example. There are 4 supplemental essays to complete. Two are required, and two are optional. Any chance you're wondering if you can skip the optional questions? Well, we're guessing not too many students applying to competitive schools skip optional questions that apply to them. Think of optional as opportunity! It's definitely worth the extra time it takes to make sure you've let the colleges get to know you as much as possible. Here are the two optional questions that you may not want to miss!

1) Share with us a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of music, musicians, performers, paintings, artists, blogs, magazines, or newspapers. Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or add a category of your own.

2) You may submit supporting materials for music, theater and dance, or visual arts and film digitally through the "Portfolio" section of your UChicago Account. You may also submit a short creative writing sample or scientific research abstract through your UChicago account using the "upload" feature.

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