Colleges With 2014-2015 Essay Questions

We have updated the essay questions for the 2014-2015 application season for the following colleges:

1. Academy of Art University
2. Adams State College
3. Adelphi University
4. Agnes Scott College
5. Albright College
6. Alfred University
7. Allegheny College
8. Alma College
9. American University
10. Amherst College
11. Appalachian State University
12. Arcadia University
13. Aurora University
14. Austin College
15. Austin Peay State University
16. Babson College
17. Bard College
18. Barnard College
19. Bates College
20. Baylor University
21. Beacon College
22. Belmont University
23. Bemidji State University
24. Bennington College
25. Bentley University
26. Berklee College of Music
27. Berry College
28. Birmingham-Southern College
29. Boston University
30. Bowdoin College
31. Bowling Green State University
32. Bradley University
33. Brandeis University
34. Brown University
35. Bryant University
36. California Institute of Technology
37. California Lutheran University
38. Calvin College
39. Campbell University
40. Canisius College
41. Carleton College
42. Carnegie Mellon University
43. Carroll College
44. Case Western Reserve University
45. Castelton State College
46. Catholic University of America
47. Cazenovia College
48. Cedar Crest College
49. Centenary College of Louisiana
50. Central Michigan University
51. Centre College
52. Champlain College
53. Christian Brothers University in TN
54. Claremont McKenna College
55. Clark University
56. Clarkson University
57. Clemson University
58. Coastal Carolina University
59. Coe College
60. Colby College
61. Colby-Sawyer College
62. Colgate University
63. College of New Jersey
64. College of St. Benedict
65. College of St. Joseph
66. College of St. Rose (NY)
67. College of the Holy Cross
68. College of the Ozarks
69. College of William and Mary
70. College of Wooster
71. Colorado College
72. Colorado State University
73. Columbia University
74. Concordia University (CA)
75. Connecticut College
76. Cornell College
77. Cornell University
78. Creighton University
79. Curry College
80. Daemen College
81. Dartmouth College
82. Davidson College
83. Delaware State University
84. DePaul University
85. DePauw University
86. DeSales University
87. Dickinson College
88. Dowling College
89. Drake University
90. Drew University
91. Drexel University
92. Drury University
93. Duke University
94. Earlham College
95. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
96. East Tennessee State University
97. Eastern Mennonite University
98. Eckerd College
99. Elon University
100. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Campus
101. Emerson College
102. Emmanuel College
103. Emory and Henry College
104. Emory University
105. Endicott College
106. Fairfield University
107. Fairleigh Dickinson University
108. Flagler College
109. Florida International University
110. Florida State University
111. Fordham University
112. Fort Valley State University
113. Franklin and Marshall College
114. Franklin Pierce University
115. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
116. Furman University
117. Gannon University
118. George Fox University
119. Georgetown College
120. Georgetown University
121. Georgia College and State University
122. Georgia Institute of Technology
123. Gettysburg College
124. Gonzaga University
125. Goucher College
126. Grinnell College
127. Guilford College
128. Hamilton College
129. Hampshire College
130. Harding University
131. Hartwick College
132. Harvard University
133. Harvey Mudd College
134. Hastings College
135. Haverford College
136. Hawaii Pacific University
137. High Point University
138. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
139. Hollins University
140. Hope College
141. Howard University
142. Idaho State University
143. Illinois Wesleyan University
144. Indiana University
145. Iowa State University
146. James Madison University
147. Johns Hopkins University
148. Keene State College
149. Kent State University
150. Kenyon College
151. Knox College
152. La Salle University
153. Lafayette College
154. Laguna College of Art and Design
155. Lake Forest College
156. Lawrence University
157. Le Moyne College
158. Lehigh University
159. Lewis & Clark College
160. Linfield College
161. Louisiana State University
162. Louisiana Tech University
163. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
164. Loyola Marymount University
165. Loyola University Chicago
166. Loyola University Maryland
167. Loyola University New Orleans
168. Luther College
169. Lynchburg College
170. Lynn University
171. Macalester College
172. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY
173. Manhattan College
174. Marist College
175. Marquette University
176. Marymount Manhattan College
177. Maryville College
178. Marywood University
179. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
180. McDaniel College
181. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
182. Menlo College
183. Mercy College
184. Mercyhurst College
185. Merrimack College
186. Miami University (OH)
187. Michigan State University
188. MidAmerica Nazarene University
189. Middlebury College
190. Millikin University
191. Mills College
192. Millsaps College
193. Milwaukee School of Engineering
194. Mississippi College
195. Missouri University of Science and Technology
196. Monmouth College
197. Morehouse College
198. Muhlenberg College
199. Murray State University
200. Muskingum College
201. Nazareth College
202. Nebraska Wesleyan University
203. New College of Florida
204. New England College
205. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
206. New Mexico State University
207. New World School of the Arts
208. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
209. New York University
210. Newbury College
211. Niagara University
212. Nichols College
213. Norfolk State University
214. Northeastern University
215. Northwestern University
216. Notre Dame de Namur University
217. Nova Southeastern University
218. Occidental College
219. Ohio State University-Columbus
220. Ohio Wesleyan University
221. Olivet College
222. Oregon Institute of Technology
223. Pennsylvania State University-University Park
224. Pepperdine University
225. Pine Manor College
226. Pitzer College
227. Pomona College
228. Portland State University
229. Prescott College
230. Princeton University
231. Providence College
232. Purdue University-West Lafayette
233. Quinnipiac University
234. Randolph College
235. Randolph-Macon College
236. Reed College
237. Regis College
238. Regis University
239. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
240. Rhode Island College
241. Rhodes College
242. Rider University
243. Ringling College of Art & Design
244. Ripon College
245. Rochester Institute of Technology
246. Rockland Community College
247. Roger WIlliams University
248. Rosemont College
249. Rowan University
250. Rutgers-New Brunswick
251. Rutgers-Newark
252. Sacred Heart University
253. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
254. Saint Leo University
255. Saint Martin's University
256. Saint Mary's College (CA)
257. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
258. Saint Michael's College
259. Salisbury University
260. Salve Regina University
261. San Diego State University
262. San Francisco State University
263. San Jose City College
264. Santa Clara University
265. Santa Fe Community College
266. Sarah Lawrence College
267. Savannah State University
268. Scripps College
269. Seattle Pacific University
270. Seattle University
271. Sewanee: The University of the South
272. Shenandoah University
273. Shorter University
274. Simmons College
275. Skidmore College
276. Smith College
277. Soka University of America
278. South Carolina State University
279. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
280. Southern Methodist University
281. Southern Nazarene University
282. Southern New Hampshire University
283. Southern University at New Orleans
284. Southwestern University
285. Spring Hill College
286. Springfield College
287. St. Catherine University
288. St. Edward’s University
289. St. Mary's College
290. St. Mary's College of Maryland
291. St. Olaf College
292. St. Petersburg College
293. St. Thomas Aquinas College
294. Stanford University
295. State University of New York at Albany
296. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
297. State University of New York at Cortland
298. State University of New York at Fredonia
299. State University of New York at Geneseo
300. State University of New York at Old Westbury
301. State University of New York at Oneonta
302. State University of New York at Oswego
303. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
304. State University of New York at Stony Brook
305. State University of New York-University at Buffalo
306. Stetson University
307. Stevens Institute of Technology
308. Stonehill College
309. Suffolk University
310. Susquehanna University
311. Swarthmore College
312. Syracuse University
313. Texas A&M University-College Station
314. Texas Christian University
315. Transylvania University
316. Trine University
317. Trinity College (CT)
318. Trinity University
319. Troy University
320. Tufts University
321. Tulane University
322. Tuskegee University
323. Union College
324. United States Air Force Academy
325. United States Naval Academy
326. Unity College
327. University of Alabama
328. University of Alaska-Southeast
329. University of Arizona
330. University of California-Berkeley
331. University of California-Davis
332. University of California-Irvine
333. University of California-Los Angeles
334. University of California-Merced
335. University of California-Riverside
336. University of California-San Diego
337. University of California-Santa Barbara
338. University of California-Santa Cruz
339. University of Central Florida
340. University of Chicago
341. University of Cincinnati
342. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
343. University of Colorado-Boulder
344. University of Connecticut
345. University of Dayton
346. University of Denver
347. University of Findlay
348. University of Florida
349. University of Georgia
350. University of Great Falls
351. University of Hartford
352. University of Hawaii-Manoa
353. University of Illinois-Chicago
354. University of Iowa
355. University of Kansas
356. University of Mary
357. University of Mary Washington
358. University of Maryland-University College
359. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
360. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
361. University of Massachusetts-Boston
362. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
363. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
364. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
365. University of Mississippi
366. University of Missouri-Columbia
367. University of Montevallo
368. University of Nebraska-Omaha
369. University of New England
370. University of New Hampshire
371. University of New Haven
372. University of North Carolina-Asheville
373. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
374. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
375. University of North Dakota
376. University of Northern Colorado
377. University of Notre Dame
378. University of Oklahoma
379. University of Oregon
380. University of Pennsylvania
381. University of Pittsburgh
382. University of Portland
383. University of Puget Sound
384. University of Redlands
385. University of Rhode Island
386. University of Richmond
387. University of Rochester
388. University of San Diego
389. University of San Francisco
390. University of Saskatchewan
391. University of Scranton
392. University of South Florida
393. University of Southern California
394. University of Tennessee
395. University of Texas-Austin
396. University of the Sciences
397. University of Toronto
398. University of Vermont
399. University of Victoria
400. University of Virginia
401. University of Western Ontario
402. University of Wisconsin-Madison
403. University of Wyoming
404. Ursinus College
405. Valparaiso University
406. Vanderbilt University
407. Vassar College
408. Villanova University
409. Virginia Commonwealth University
410. Virginia Tech
411. Wabash College
412. Wagner College
413. Wake Forest University
414. Wartburg College
415. Washington and Lee University
416. Washington College
417. Washington State University
418. Webb Institute
419. Wellesley College
420. Wells College
421. Wentworth Institute of Technology
422. Wentworth Military Academy and College
423. Wesleyan University
424. Western Carolina University
425. Western New England University
426. Western Washington University
427. Westminster College (MO)
428. Westminster College (PA)
429. Westmont College
430. Wheaton College
431. Wheelock College (MA)
432. Whitman College
433. Whittier College
434. Widener University
435. Willamette University
436. William Paterson University
437. Williams College
438. Wingate University
439. Winona State University (MN)
440. Wofford College
441. Woodbury University
442. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
443. Wright State University
444. Xavier University (OH)
445. Xavier University of Louisiana
446. Yale University

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Shedding Light on Oversharing

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Students now grow up revealing personal details on social media sites, often becoming desensitized to the impact of the information posted. Fast forward to the college application process where students are pressured into finding a way to stand out among thousands of other applicants.

The result is the temptation for students to overshare intimate details of their lives in the attempt to grab the attention of admissions officers. While taking a risk can often set a student apart, the type of information shared must be carefully considered. Definitely get feedback from others before going down this path to make sure that you are leaving a positive impact on your reader. This recent article in the New York Times expertly illustrates the pitfalls of oversharing. Here's a story shared by one of Yale's former admissions officers about a girl who sabotaged her application by giving too much information:

"The Yale applicant had terrific test scores. She had fantastic grades...Then he got to her essay. As he remembers it, she mentioned a French teacher she greatly admired. She described their one-on-one conversation at the end of a school day. And then, this detail: During their talk, when an urge to go to the bathroom could no longer be denied, she decided not to interrupt the teacher or exit the room. She simply urinated on herself."

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We know that you're already thinking about applying to college and all that you'll have to do in the fall. Wouldn't it be great to get a jump-start on that process AND win some money? Well, here's a little motivation! All you need to do is:

1. Create a free account by selecting at least 5 colleges you're applying to or log into your existing account

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2. Pick one of the essay questions from your list and write a compelling first line in response to that question

3. Submit your first line through the "Contests & Scholarships" page in your free member account

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Here's to a great summer and a successful 2014-2015 application season!

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Summer Experiences Becoming A Critical Factor in College Admissions

We know you'll find the summer experience that is perfect for you.

We know you'll find the summer experience that is perfect for you.

As juniors work hard to finish the school year off strong, it's important not to lose focus on the summer that is right around the corner. According to this article on, where you go to camp could not only inspire you to write a standout essay, but it could also increase your chances of admission to your dream college. With constantly decreasing admissions odds, choosing a specialized camp which demonstrates your dedication to something can make all the difference. According to Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president and publisher at Edvisors Network:

"By being stronger on the extracurricular activities, you can actually make up somewhat for weaknesses academically...If you had a transformative experience at the summer camp or a big impact on others, that tells them more about who you are as an individual, especially if you can write about how it set you in a particular direction. If something is of interest to you, you're more likely to write a passionate essay."



CollegeNET Sues the Common App

collegenetThere's no doubt that the Common App did not deliver on its promises this past season. Not only were no supplements available on August 1, the "new and improved" Common App was riddled with glitches, missing essay questions, and payment, formatting, and submitting issues. In other words, it was a nightmare for many students (especially those without College Essay Organizer to lead the way) since it is used exclusively by many of its more than 500 member schools. CollegeNET Inc., a competing company that customizes and processes online application forms for higher education and nonprofit groups, just filed a lawsuit against the Common App for violating U.S. antitrust laws and consequently harming students. According to CollegeNET, the Common App is trying to monopolize the application process, and the company is seeking money damages. See this article for more details.

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See You at the IECA Conference!

imagesWe are looking forward to seeing all of you at the IECA conference in Indianapolis this week. Please visit our table and say hello. As always, we will be answering any questions and providing private demonstrations upon request. Plus, one lucky member will win five FREE student accounts for this coming season just for stopping by!  Our team of dedicated researchers is extremely proud to have provided you with a 100% error-free college essay experience last season, especially in light of the many Common App glitches, and we look forward to delivering even faster, better service this season.
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Common App Board Admits Mistakes

common-app-picThis past admissions season, thousands of students were caught off guard by technological glitches, missing or incorrect essay questions, and a host of other issues that occurred while preparing and submitting the Common App. In an attempt to regain public confidence, the Common App hired Censeo, a DC-based consulting firm, to survey members and investigate the causes of the catastrophe. See this article by Nancy Griesemer for a summary of the findings including:

  • Numerous glitches were due to inefficient and insufficient testing
  • The timeline for rolling out CA4 was unrealistic given the scope of the project and member feedback was not considered
  • Decision-making throughout the organization was not well-organized enough to handle wide-spread issues in a timely manner

Regardless of whether or not the Common App is able to sort out its issues going forward, there's one lesson our grateful members learned last season: be proactive and do not rely on the Common App to provide all of your essay questions. College Essay Organizer members not only got timely notifications as to when supplemental essays were available, but they also got all the essay questions (even the many not available through the Common App) all in one place, and organized by topic so students were ready to write.

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UChicago 2014-2015 Essay Questions Posted

chicagoIf you missed this earlier in the month, check out these 2014-2015 essay questions posted here by University of Chicago, and be sure to read the note that follows them:

In the spirit of unadventurous inquiry, student applicants to the Class of 2019 will be asked to respond, briefly, to one of the following prompts. We guess.

  • From bed to couch, front yard to back yard, reruns of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to new episodes of Judge Judy, every school-free summer is special. Tell us: what did you do on your summer vacation?
  • If you could be the president of any school club, of which school club would you be president, and why?
  • Select an inspirational quote from, and describe, in great detail, its relevance to your life. 
  • Sports: yes or no?
  • We’ve all had the experience of having to take the stairs. Tell us about one time when you had to take the stairs. Inspired by Daniel C, AB ‘10.
  • In lieu of an essay, please submit one (1) selfie. 
  • If you were reaching for the moon, but instead you fell among the stars, how would you feel? 
  • Please write an acrostic poem for which the anchor word is “COLLEGE”. 
  • What was your favorite standardized test question? Please feel free to reflect on the entirety of your standardized test taking experience.
  • Books are alright. Which ones do you like?

[Note: ok, yes, we admit it now— this was a little April Fools day joke! Look forward to seeing our real prompts coming up in early Summer, and we’d like to lovingly and respectfully note that submitting one (1) selfie DOES NOT constitute writing your own prompt.]

Unfortunately, essay writing will never be that easy, especially for a top college, and it is still a bit early for colleges to start releasing their supplemental questions (we'll let you know when they do). However, for the eager beavers out there, you can start working on your Common App main essay as the prompts have already been updated in your College Essay Organizer accounts.