Strengthen Your Admissions Odds Without Extra Effort

More applications doesn't always mean more essays!

More applications doesn't always mean more essays!

As early deadlines approach, students across the country are scrambling to complete their applications. Of course, filling out the application form is not the most stressful and time-consuming part -- it's the shear number of essays that universally make students cringe (just log into your College Essay Organizer account to see what we mean). Just the thought of trying to create stand-out essays when competing with thousands of students with similar numbers is understandably nerve-wracking!

The silver lining to this is that you probably already have your main Common App essay complete (email us at info@collegeessayorganizer.com if you need any last minute assistance), and while you may be trying to nail down those supplemental essays, adding another couple schools that require no additional essays in addition to the main essay might make perfect sense! It may even allow you to exhale, knowing you have increased your admissions odds. Here's a list of some of the schools that fall into that category:

Middlebury College
University of Denver
State University of New York at Binghamton
Colby College
Connecticut College
Bentley University
West Virginia University
Grinnell College
Gettysburg College
State University of New York at Albany
Florida Southern College
Florida Institute of Technology
Kean University
University of Dayton
Bowling Green State University
Sacred Heart University
University of North Carolina-Asheville

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ALERT: Return to Earlier Essay Question for Univ of Washington Question #3

2000px-university_of_washington_block_w_logo-svgWe recently sent out an email stating that the University of Washington Question #3 had changed from what was previewed earlier on the college's own website. In a rare case of musical essay prompts, the University of Washington's application is now showing the earlier essay question that was posted.

Please call in regards to your own particular situation, but note that the admissions office has stated that it will accept a response to either essay prompt. The earlier essay question has now returned to your College Essay Organizer account. Please find the question below:

University of Washington-Seattle Question #3

Type
Required for all applicants

Question
Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the University of Washington.

Length
300 words maximum

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Virginia Tech Adds Essay Options Mid-Season

virginia-tech-school-logo-small-jpgEvery season, there are a few schools that change their essay prompts mid-season after their application has been live for some time (don't worry, we're on top of it for you!). Virginia Tech, which began the application season planning to use the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success but then announced that it won't use it until fall 2017, falls into that category this year.

After initially releasing one set of essay prompt's corresponding with the prompts being used by the Coalition Application with a 300-word limit, it has now released additional prompts and reduced the word limit to 250-300 words. Not to worry for the students who may have already submitted for the upcoming November 1 Early Decision deadlines as they will not be penalized!

Please find the new options below:

You may respond to up to three of the essay prompts below (choose one, two, or three) as you feel they support your individual application.

A) What are the top five reasons you want to be a Hokie?

B) If there is something you think would be beneficial for the Admissions Committee to know as we review your academic history, please take this opportunity to explain.

C) Our motto is Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). How is service to others important in your life?

D) If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?

E) We believe strongly in the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and the value of human diversity affirmed therein. Share a perspective or experience related to your culture, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status that might explain how you will enrich the climate of mutual respect and understanding here.

F) Virginia Tech is one of six senior military institutions in the country. How will this setting contribute to your college experience?

G) Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

H) Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.

I) Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

J) What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?

K) Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

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Changes to University of Washington's Essay Questions

2000px-university_of_washington_block_w_logo-svgStudents applying to the University of Washington-Seattle should take note that when its application went live recently there were a few differences from what was previewed on its website. The lengths of questions #1 and #3 changed, as did the wording for question #3. These questions have been updated in your College Essay Organizer account. Please find the updates below:

University of Washington-Seattle Question #1

Type
Required for all applicants
Question
Choose ONE topic from the five prompts listed below.
A) Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
B) Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
C) Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
D) What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give younger siblings or friends (assuming they would listen to you)?
E) Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.
Length
600 words maximum

University of Washington-Seattle Question #3

Type
Required for all applicants
Question
Choose ONE of the following two topics and write a short essay.
A) The University of Washington seeks to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. How would you contribute to this community?
B) Describe an experience of cultural difference, positive or negative, you have had or observed. What did you learn from it?
Tip
You may define culture broadly in Topic 2. For example, it may include ethnicity, customs, values, and ideas, all of which contribute to experiences that students can share with others in college. As you reply to this question, reflect on what you have learned -- about yourself and society -- from an experience of cultural difference.
Length
300 words maximum

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