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In recent years, we here at College Essay Organizer have developed our pool of international universities around our user base and the specific groups of schools our applicants have sought out. A number of them are quite popular - McGill University in Canada especially - though many of them are more targeted. We look forward to developing our international user base in the coming application seasons, not just for Americans looking to apply outside of their country, but for people outside America looking to come here.
College Essay Organizer is a great tool for counselors from countries in Europe and Asia who traditionally send a significant portion of their applicants to America. The database here can help make a confusing and overwhelming process much more efficient and direct, and the research staff at CEO digs up as many requirements as possible in places others don't necessarily know to look. It's a time-consuming job but worth doing, as it saves our thousands of users countless hours, the world over.
The essay requirements for the North Carolina School of the Arts are live in the College Essay Organizer database. There are required, optional, and departmental essays to be found there, as there are with most of the arts schools in the database.
In NCSA's case, there are requirements that feel like they ask for traditional essays, but there's also an optional writing addition to the portfolio assessment:
A piece of creative writing (screenplay, short story, essay, etc.) may be submitted to the School of Filmmaking as part of the application portfolio for those interested in Directing, Picture Editing and Sound Design, Producing, and Screenwriting.
College Essay Organizer is not only for national universities and liberal arts colleges, we address a number of arts schools, religious institutions, and music conservatories as well. As with all schools in the database, you can use College Essay Organizer to find out about departments and scholarship opportunities you wouldn't have otherwise known were there.
Cogswell Polytechnical College in Sunnyvale, California, is a recent addition to the College Essay Organizer database. Cogswell has a number of interesting essay requirements, including this one for its Digital Motion Picture Program:
A crayon, a fishing rod, and a can of beer are being chased down the street by a bunch of muffins. Why?
The obvious reaction to this is to wonder what the people at Cogswell were on when they wrote it. But like any "strange" essay prompt, it's your job to turn it into a question about a specific idea, and then respond to that idea. For the Cogswell DMP program, applicants are being tested on the narrative sensibilities and their understanding of cause and effect. Basic narrative machinations require an understanding of character, wants, and consequence. By expressing a sense of those facets, applicants can write their way right into the school.
Washington State University was recently updated in the College Essay Organizer database, and it makes for an interesting case study. Often, large state universities tone down the writing requirements, if only because they can expect tens of thousands of applicants in what should be a fairly straightforward admissions process, but not so with Washington State.
WSU has six writing requirements, presented as a single question. In College Essay Organizer, we break them up into single requirements, since their word counts are individually labeled:
- Leadership/group contributions: Describe examples of your leadership experience and share how you have significantly influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time. Consider responsibilities you have taken for initiatives in or out of school.
- Knowledge or creativity in a field: Describe any of your special interests and how you have developed knowledge in these areas. Give examples of your creativity: the ability to see alternatives; take diverse perspectives; come up with many, varied, or original ideas; or willingness to try new things.
- Dealing with adversity: Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to address this challenge. Include whether you turned to anyone in facing that challenge, the role that person played, and what you learned about yourself.
- Community service: Explain what you have done to make your community a better place to live. Give examples of specific projects in which you have been involved over time.
- Handling systemic challenges: Describe your experiences facing or witnessing discrimination. Tell us how you responded and what you learned from those experiences and how they prepared you to contribute to the WSU community.
- Goals/task commitment: Articulate the goals you have established for yourself and your efforts to accomplish them. Give at least one specific example that demonstrates your work ethic/diligence.
Each of these requirements has a length of about a hundred words, which makes for a significant amount of writing, and perhaps more importantly, topic selection. As always, using College Essay Organizer's Essay RoadMap can show you how to cut down on the number of original essays you need to put together for multifaceted requirements such as this one.
Though Binghamton and Purchase are still yet to release their Common App Supplements, the other State University of New York (SUNY) schools are now fully updated in the College Essay Organizer database. And there's plenty of them! Have a look:
- State University of New York at Stony Brook
- State University of New York at Oneonta
- State University of New York at Buffalo State College
- State University of New York - College at Brockport
- State University of New York at Old Westbury
- State University of New York at New Paltz
- State University of New York at Potsdam
- State University of New York at Cortland
- State University of New York - University at Buffalo
- State University of New York at Albany
- State University of New York at Geneseo
- State University of New York at Fredonia
- State University of New York at Oswego
- State University of New York at Plattsburgh
These schools have many overlaps but are not identical by any stretch. Be sure to explore their departmental and scholarship options if these schools find their way onto your list.
One of our favorite new requirements we've seen at College Essay Organizer comes from Champlain College's Game Design department. Have fun with it, game designers:
Challenge: Modify one of the games listed below and create a new and improved experience. The modifications should be creative, innovative and clearly communicated. As an example, you might modify Pac-Man and change the objectives from gobbling up points to teaching individuals how to save money.
Choose from one of these three games:
C) Donkey Kong
Using any of the tools or medium listed at the bottom of this page, demonstrate the modifications of your new game by addressing the following questions. It is recommended that you copy the questions into a word processor and prepare your answers before copying them into the final submission.
- What is the new theme of your game?
- Describe the game environment and/or narrative associated with the game.
- Describe the player's goals in gameplay.
- Describe how you will challenge the players to meet those goals. What obstacles must they overcome?
- Describe how the game is organized. Are there levels? What defines progress?
- How does the player win?
- How does the player lose?
- Describe who you think would like to play this game? Who is the player?
- Describe what interests you about Champlain College's Game Design program.
- Describe what areas of game design you have explored (e.g. writing game narratives, creating mods, critiquing games, designing and building your own games, etc.)
- List any technologies you have used (e.g. GameMaker, Flash, Adobe Photoshop, any modding environment, 3DS Max, Blender, etc.)
- Any additional comments or materials?
We are always on the lookout for department-specific questions, whether or not they appear on the Common App!
The University of Kentucky pushes for a record by logging 26 essay requirements this year. Its enormous number is thanks to a load of school-specific, departmental, optional, honors, and scholarship requirements. Kentucky has a lot of each of them.
Kentucky also accepts the Common App this year, so College Essay Organizer users will see more than twenty essay requirements through their RoadMaps and QuickFinders that don't appear on the Common App site. College Essay Organizer does this for all schools, providing you a direct look at what's really out there.
Using the Common App alone can often leave you with only a partial look at what's really expected of you. Head over to our Common App page to read more about this.
George Washington University has released its application and its Common Application supplement, and they've been put into the College Essay Organizer database. GWU is largely the same this year as last, though there is a slight modification to the regular requirements, and there are some brief additions to the departmental requirements.
College Essay Organizer continues to roll on, updating the remaining requirements for 2011. Watch this space for further updates and our weekly comprehensive list on Fridays.
The University of North Carolina-Greensboro has been updated in the College Essay Organizer database, along with the University of Hartford, University of South Carolina-Columbia, and many others.
North Carolina-Greensboro in particular brings with it many college essay requirements. This year, UNCG has seven departmental essay requirements, on top of the three required prompts.
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