Students 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.
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
If you spend anytime around high school seniors, you can probably feel the tension building as students gear up to submit their applications before the upcoming early admissions deadlines. The anxiety is a natural response to the process, but part of keeping it in check is spending the time needed to review all of your work, including your Common App essays, several times before you submit your application. However, no matter how many times you think you've checked over your work, accidents do happen, and if they do, know that you're not alone, and there will be a way to resolve your problem!
Perhaps, you submitted the wrong draft of your essay, or worse yet, the Common App somehow did not save the newer version you pasted in and reverted to a past version of your draft, or part of your essay was cut off due to word limits and you didn't notice. It's always good to know your options in these cases, and where to turn for help. The Common App is very clear on its site about these types of issues. In short, there's nothing they can do:
Fortunately, college admissions offices are experienced in dealing with these types of issues and will have a straight forward way to rectify the situation, usually allowing you to email the appropriate version to a designated email address. That being said, definitely do your best to avoid this type of situation. It will definitely allow for a smoother, and more stress-free process!
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!
Columbia University'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.
Cornell 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
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
How have your interests and related experiences influenced the major you have selected in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences?
650 words maximum
Cornell University Supplement #2
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
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?
650 words maximum
Cornell University Supplement #3
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
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?
650 words maximum