Recently Updated Schools for the 2016-2017 Season

Below are the colleges we've updated as of today for the 2016-2017 application season.

1. Academy of Art University
2. Adams State College
3. Alaska Pacific University
4. Alma College
5. Amherst College
6. Arizona State University
7. Aurora University
8. Austin Peay State University
9. Babson College
10. Bates College
11. Baylor University
12. Beacon College
13. Becker College
14. Bemidji State University
15. Benedict College
16. Berklee College of Music
17. Birmingham-Southern College
18. Boise State University
19. Bowdoin College
20. Bowling Green State University
21. California Maritime Academy
22. California State University-Bakersfield
23. California State University-Channel Islands
24. California State University-Chico
25. California State University-East Bay
26. California State University-Fresno
27. California State University-Fullerton
28. California State University-Long Beach
29. California State University-Los Angeles
30. California State University-Monterey Bay
31. California State University-Northridge
32. California State University-Sacramento
33. Canisius College
34. Central Michigan University
35. Chicago State University
36. Coastal Carolina University
37. Colgate University
38. College of Saint Elizabeth
39. College of St. Joseph
40. College of St. Rose (NY)
41. Concordia College
42. Connecticut College
43. Cornell University
44. Daemen College
45. Dartmouth College
46. Delaware State University
47. DeSales University
48. Dominican College
49. Duke University
50. Duquesne University
51. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
52. East Tennessee State University
53. Eastern Mennonite University
54. Elmira College
55. Emmanuel College
56. Endicott College
57. Fairleigh Dickinson University
58. Florida Institute of Technology
59. Florida International University
60. Florida Southern College
61. Fort Valley State University
62. Franklin and Marshall College
63. Gannon University
64. George Washington University
65. Georgetown University
66. Georgia Institute of Technology
67. Georgia Southern University
68. Gettysburg College
69. Grinnell College
70. Hamilton College
71. Harding University
72. Hartwick College
73. Harvard University
74. Hastings College
75. Hollins University
76. Hope College
77. Howard University
78. Idaho State University
79. Indiana University
80. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
81. Iona College
82. Iowa State University
83. Jacksonville University
84. Johns Hopkins University
85. Johnson & Wales at Charlotte
86. Johnson & Wales at Charlotte at North Miami
87. Johnson & Wales at Providence
88. Johnson and Wales University at Denver
89. Kansas State University
90. Kean University
91. Kent State University
92. Kettering University
93. Lamar University
94. Lenoir-Rhyne University
95. Long Island University/C.W. Post Campus
96. Louisiana State University
97. Louisiana State University-Shreveport
98. Louisiana Tech University
99. Luther College
100. Lynchburg College
101. Lyndon State College
102. Manhattan College
103. Marywood University
104. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
105. McKendree University
106. Menlo College
107. Mercer University
108. Merrimack College
109. Michigan Technological University
110. MidAmerica Nazarene University
111. Middle Tennessee State University
112. Middlebury College
113. Midwestern State University
114. Millikin University
115. Millsaps College
116. Mississippi College
117. Missouri State University
118. Molloy College
119. Morehouse College
120. Nebraska Wesleyan University
121. New College of Florida
122. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
123. New Mexico State University
124. Niagara University
125. Northeastern University
126. Northwestern University
127. Notre Dame de Namur University
128. Oklahoma State University
129. Olivet College
130. Oregon Institute of Technology
131. Oregon State University
132. Pepperdine University
133. Pomona College
134. Portland State University
135. Randolph College
136. Regis University
137. Rhode Island College
138. Rhodes College
139. Ringling College of Art & Design
140. Rockland Community College
141. Roosevelt University
142. Sacred Heart University
143. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
144. Saint Leo University
145. Saint Martin's University
146. San Diego State University
147. San Francisco State University
148. San Jose City College
149. San Jose State University
150. Santa Fe Community College
151. Santa Fe University of Art and Design
152. Santa Monica College
153. Savannah State University
154. Seton Hill University
155. Shorter University
156. Skidmore College
157. Sonoma State University
158. South Carolina State University
159. South Dakota State University
160. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
161. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
162. Southern Nazarene University
163. Southern University at New Orleans
164. Spring Hill College
165. St. John's University (NY)
166. St. Mary's College
167. St. Petersburg College
168. St. Thomas Aquinas College
169. Stanford University
170. State University of New York at Albany
171. State University of New York at Binghamton
172. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
173. State University of New York at Cortland
174. State University of New York at Fredonia
175. Stephens College
176. Tarleton State University
177. Texas A&M University-College Station
178. Trine University
179. Trinity College (CT)
180. Troy University
181. Tufts University
182. Tulane University
183. Tusculum College
184. Tuskegee University
185. United States Air Force Academy
186. University of Alabama
187. University of Alabama-Huntsville
188. University of Alaska-Southeast
189. University of Arizona
190. University of California-Berkeley
191. University of California-Davis
192. University of California-Irvine
193. University of California-Los Angeles
194. University of California-Merced
195. University of California-Riverside
196. University of California-San Diego
197. University of California-Santa Barbara
198. University of California-Santa Cruz
199. University of Chicago
200. University of Colorado-Boulder
201. University of Edinburgh
202. University of Florida
203. University of Idaho
204. University of Mary
205. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
206. University of Maryland-College Park
207. University of Maryland-University College
208. University of Memphis
209. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
210. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
211. University of Montevallo
212. University of Nebraska-Omaha
213. University of New Hampshire at Manchester
214. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
215. University of North Dakota
216. University of Notre Dame
217. University of Pennsylvania
218. University of Pittsburgh
219. University of Richmond
220. University of Saskatchewan
221. University of South Dakota
222. University of Texas-Austin
223. University of Texas-El Paso
224. University of Toronto
225. University of Victoria
226. University of Virginia
227. University of Washington-Seattle
228. University of Wyoming
229. Utah State University
230. Villanova University
231. Wake Forest University
232. Warren Wilson College
233. Webb Institute
234. Weber State University
235. Wentworth Military Academy and College
236. Western Michigan University
237. Widener University
238. Williams College
239. Winona State University (MN)
240. Wright State University
241. Yeshiva University

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How to Answer the "Why This College?" Essay

Many colleges ask students to specify why exactly they want to attend their school as a supplemental essay. It makes sense. After all, each school gets thousands of applicants, so it’s important for them to know whether or not you’ll strive at their institution and what you’ll contribute to the community as a student and a future alumnus.  

So, how do you approach this supplemental essay topic? We’ve covered essay writing tips and techniques to emphasize how your passions align with each school’s unique environment or opportunities. The only issue is how do you know what they are?

We asked our friends at AdmitSee, a peer-to-peer college admissions resource, to share the advice and insights crowdsourced from current college students.

Rena.s: University of Chicago ‘19Rena.s UChicago Undergraduate Profile

UChicago is a school that has an unbelievable culture behind it. There is a tradition for every possible event, and the entire school participates. If you want to show the admissions committee that you've done your research you're much better off discussing one of these traditions (Scav, midnight soccer, etc.) than some boring statistics you found in the brochure they sent you. I also talked about the Core curriculum in my Why UChicago essay because it IS such an integral part of the philosophy of the school. View full advice.

Uhoh29: Johns Hopkins University ‘19

Hopkins prides itself in being a research university. About 70% of undergraduates perform some kind of research, so it's a big part of the academic environment. Part of my "Why Hopkins?" supplement talked about having questions that I wanted to find answers to. I think Hopkins looks for students with this kind of inquisitive nature because they are the ones who will go out and, in a sense, create their own knowledge. Learn more about JHU!

Mouse43: Yale University ‘20Mouse43 Yale Undergraduate Profile

Every applicant to Yale will be asked to write a 100 word "Why Yale?" essay. You just can't fit everything you love about Yale into 100 words. There's just so much to love. I suggest picking two or three facets of Yale that appeal to you the most and elaborating on them briefly as opposed to listing multiple aspects that have no connection to each other. Things to consider discussing include: very low student-to-faculty ratio (approximately 3-to-1 in engineering/CS), 800+ labs actively conducting research and an intense focus on undergraduate research, depth of courses across nearly every department, the freshman seminar program, the wide variety of literary publications… Find out more about Yale.
Want to learn more about each specific school? AdmitSee has a database of 60,000+ successful college application files waiting for you to uncover. Be inspired by how others who have gained acceptance did it before you!

Written by Frances Wong at AdmitSee. AdmitSee is a peer-to-peer college and grad school admissions platform. Access our crowd-sourced database to read applications, essays and advice direct from the students who got in. Find out how you compare.

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Recently Updated Colleges for the 2016-2017 Season

Below are the colleges we've updated for the 2016-2017 application season.

You'll 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. Academy of Art University
  2. Adams State College
  3. Amherst College
  4. Aurora University
  5. Austin Peay State University
  6. Babson College
  7. Bates College
  8. Beacon College
  9. Becker College
  10. Bemidji State University
  11. Berklee College of Music
  12. Birmingham-Southern College
  13. Boise State University
  14. Bowdoin College
  15. California Maritime Academy
  16. California State University-Bakersfield
  17. California State University-Channel Islands
  18. California State University-Chico
  19. California State University-East Bay
  20. California State University-Fresno
  21. California State University-Fullerton
  22. California State University-Long Beach
  23. California State University-Los Angeles
  24. California State University-Monterey Bay
  25. California State University-Northridge
  26. California State University-Sacramento
  27. Canisius College
  28. Central Michigan University
  29. Coastal Carolina University
  30. Colgate University
  31. College of Saint Elizabeth
  32. College of St. Rose (NY)
  33. Concordia College
  34. Connecticut College
  35. Daemen College
  36. Dartmouth College
  37. DeSales University
  38. Dominican College
  39. Duke University
  40. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  41. East Tennessee State University
  42. Elmira College
  43. Emmanuel College
  44. Florida Institute of Technology
  45. Florida Southern College
  46. Fort Valley State University
  47. Franklin and Marshall College
  48. Gannon University
  49. George Washington University
  50. Georgetown University
  51. Georgia Institute of Technology
  52. Gettysburg College
  53. Hamilton College
  54. Harding University
  55. Hartwick College
  56. Hastings College
  57. Hollins University
  58. Howard University
  59. Idaho State University
  60. Iowa State University
  61. Jacksonville University
  62. Johns Hopkins University
  63. Johnson & Wales at Charlotte
  64. Johnson & Wales at Charlotte at North Miami
  65. Johnson & Wales at Providence
  66. Kean University
  67. Lamar University
  68. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  69. Louisiana State University
  70. Louisiana State University-Shreveport
  71. Louisiana Tech University
  72. Luther College
  73. Manhattan College
  74. Marywood University
  75. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  76. Merrimack College
  77. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  78. Middlebury College
  79. Midwestern State University
  80. Mississippi College
  81. Molloy College
  82. New College of Florida
  83. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  84. New Mexico State University
  85. Northeastern University
  86. Northwestern University
  87. Oklahoma State University
  88. Olivet College
  89. Oregon Institute of Technology
  90. Pepperdine University
  91. Pomona College
  92. Portland State University
  93. Randolph College
  94. Regis University
  95. Rhode Island College
  96. Ringling College of Art & Design
  97. Rockland Community College
  98. Roosevelt University
  99. Sacred Heart University
  100. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  101. Saint Martin's University
  102. San Diego State University
  103. San Francisco State University
  104. San Jose City College
  105. San Jose State University
  106. Santa Fe University of Art and Design
  107. Seton Hill University
  108. Shorter University
  109. South Carolina State University
  110. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  111. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  112. Southern Nazarene University
  113. Southern University at New Orleans
  114. St. John's University (NY)
  115. St. Mary's College
  116. St. Thomas Aquinas College
  117. Stanford University
  118. State University of New York at Binghamton
  119. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
  120. State University of New York at Cortland
  121. State University of New York at Fredonia
  122. Stephens College
  123. Tarleton State University
  124. Trine University
  125. Trinity College (CT)
  126. Troy University
  127. Tufts University
  128. Tulane University
  129. Tusculum College
  130. Tuskegee University
  131. United States Air Force Academy
  132. University of Alabama
  133. University of Alaska-Southeast
  134. University of California-Berkeley
  135. University of California-Davis
  136. University of California-Irvine
  137. University of California-Los Angeles
  138. University of California-Merced
  139. University of California-Riverside
  140. University of California-San Diego
  141. University of California-Santa Barbara
  142. University of California-Santa Cruz
  143. University of Chicago
  144. University of Colorado-Boulder
  145. University of Florida
  146. University of Mary
  147. University of Maryland-College Park
  148. University of Maryland-University College
  149. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  150. University of Montevallo
  151. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  152. University of North Dakota
  153. University of Pennsylvania
  154. University of Saskatchewan
  155. University of Texas-Austin
  156. University of Texas-El Paso
  157. University of Toronto
  158. University of Victoria
  159. University of Virginia
  160. University of Washington-Seattle
  161. Villanova University
  162. Wake Forest University
  163. Warren Wilson College
  164. Webb Institute
  165. Widener University
  166. Williams College
  167. Winona State University (MN)
  168. Wright State University

Only a few colleges post their new questions this early. Most colleges will update in late July/Aug, 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 Aug 1.

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Schools Recently Updated for the 2016/2017 Application Season

Below is a list of schools that have been updated so far in College Essay Organizer for the 2016-2017 application season.

  1. Amherst College
  2. Babson College
  3. Bates College
  4. Bowdoin College
  5. Colgate University
  6. Dartmouth College
  7. Duke University
  8. Franklin and Marshall College
  9. George Washington University
  10. Georgetown University
  11. Georgia Institute of Technology
  12. Hamilton College
  13. Johns Hopkins University
  14. Middlebury College
  15. Molloy College
  16. Northeastern University
  17. Northwestern University
  18. Oklahoma State University
  19. Pepperdine University
  20. Pomona College
  21. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  22. Stanford University
  23. Trinity College (CT)
  24. Tufts University
  25. University of California-Berkeley
  26. University of California-Davis
  27. University of California-Irvine
  28. University of California-Los Angeles
  29. University of California-Merced
  30. University of California-Riverside
  31. University of California-San Diego
  32. University of California-Santa Barbara
  33. University of California-Santa Cruz
  34. University of Chicago
  35. University of Florida
  36. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  37. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  38. University of Pennsylvania
  39. University of Texas-Austin
  40. University of Victoria
  41. University of Virginia
  42. University of Washington-Seattle
  43. Villanova University
  44. Warren Wilson College
  45. Williams College

Only a few colleges post their new questions 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 Aug 1.

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Five Ways You Can Improve Your ACT Writing Score

5 Ways You Can Improve Your ACT Writing ScoreIt is easy to think that the ACT Writing Test is about grammar, grammar, and grammar. And while knowing grammar fundamentals is an important first step, the ACT writing test involves a lot more than making sure your phrases are parallel. To really do well, you’ll need to understand how sentence, paragraphs, and entire essays logically fit together. Of course, there is also the grammar. Below are ACT writing tips that cover which grammar to study to how to make sure you get questions relating to sentence placement correct.

1. Know the grammar the ACT is testing
Grammar is a pretty vast subject. The ACT, however, doesn’t test it all. What you need to know—what comes up in almost every passage—is the following: breaking up nouns and phrases with commas, possessives, verb tense, pronoun agreement, and word choice (picking the best word given the context). Knowing that these topics are the most common will help you hone your studying. For instance, if you struggle with comma use—whether those commas are meant to break up dependent and independent clauses or a list of things—you should spend some time brushing up on your commas. I’d recommend studying commas over the course of a week, in little 30-minute sessions. As you learn the fundamentals, make sure you do practice passages so that you can apply these concepts, whether the concept be commas, verb tense, or any other area you struggle in.

2. Always pay attention to context
As I mentioned in the intro, you’ll need to know more than just raw grammar. To correctly answer many questions, you’ll have to look at the surrounding text. Is that pronoun singular or plural case? Well, you’ll likely have to read the sentence beforehand. Some questions ask you to pick the phrase that makes the most sense. To do this, you’ll sometimes have to read a couple of sentences before the underlined part to pick the best answer.

3. Don’t be afraid to read an entire paragraph before doing the question
A good strategy is to read through the paragraph doing only the questions that relate to punctuation and in-sentence grammar. For questions that ask you whether a general idea should be placed at the end of the sentence or questions that ask you to determine the best position for a sentence, you should read the entire paragraph first. That way you have a sense of the big picture. Once you get to the end of the paragraph, you can return to those questions that require this big picture thinking.

4. Take practice ACTs under timed conditions
The truth is the ACT writing is difficult because you get so little time. With 45 minutes to do a whopping 75 questions (that’s about 36 seconds per question), you’ll find yourself struggling to finish, especially without sacrificing accuracy. The best way to improve is to make sure you are carefully doing the first three tips in this post. Then, and only then, should you attempt to take full-length practice tests, because otherwise you’ll rush too much and base your answer less on context and grammar than on the way the answer sounds. By doing practice tests, you’ll get faster.

5. Read
The ACT Writing test is essentially a massive reading section, but instead of comprehension you are mainly being tested on grammar and style. To become adept at sifting through all of these words, you should make it a daily habit to read from
newspapers (The New York Times and The Washington Post are good) and magazines (Time for the easy side, The Atlantic Monthly for the more challenging reads). Find something that interests you and spend about 15-20 a day reading. Do that for three straight weeks and you’ll be surprised at how your reading brain improves.

To successfully all these tips, make sure to not only take practice tests but to make sure you are improving. To see how you perform on a section, make sure you have this ACT raw score conversion chart handy.

About Chris Lele
For the last ten years, Chris has been helping students excel on the SAT and the GRE. In this time, he’s coached 5 students to a perfect SAT score. Some of his GRE students have raised their scores by nearly 400 points. He has taken many GMAT students from the doldrums of the 600s to the coveted land of the 700+. Rumor has it he does a secret happy dance when his students get a perfect score. You can read Chris's awesome blog posts on the Magoosh High School Blog, and study with his lessons using Magoosh SAT Prep.

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University of Chicago Changed its 2016-2017 Essay Questions

UchicagoUniversity of Chicago recently released its new essay prompts for the 2016-2017 season. It's always a boon to have the essay questions released early in the season, except in cases like this where the prompts get revised after their initial release. If you're diving into the writing process, make sure to recheck the essay prompts, as the 5th option just changed! You can find the new prompt below:

Vestigiality refers to genetically determined structures or attributes that have apparently lost most or all of their ancestral function, but have been retained during the process of evolution. In humans, for instance, the appendix is thought to be a vestigial structure. Describe something vestigial (real or imagined) and provide an explanation for its existence.

This prompt (or, for that matter, the one that this one replaced) will probably not be the most popular pick, but it's always good to know your options!

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