New York University Has 27 Additional Essay Questions

nyuNew York University had a record year with more than 60,000 students applying this past season, and approximately 2,500 students applied early. If you are one of the thousands applying early this year, definitely check out your Essay RoadMap to confirm that there are no additional program-specific essay questions that you may have overlooked. Each year, we have several students emailing us post-deadline saying that they wished they would have checked the non-required questions as they had missed a key essay.

While NYU has one required supplemental essay, there are 27 additional program-specific essay questions that are not easily found! Here is a list of several programs that you'll need to submit an additional essay for:

Dental Hygiene Program
Drama Directing program
Drama Production & Design program
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Music Education Program
Steinhardt’s Music Business Program
Steinhardt’s Music Technology Program
Steinhardt’s Studio Art Program
Tisch Cinema Studies program
Tisch Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
Tisch Dramatic Writing Program
Tisch Game Design Program
Tisch Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Tisch Photography and Imaging

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Early Deadline Coming Up for Stanford University on November 1

stanfordColleges really want to get to know you during the college application process, and it's also a great opportunity for students to get to know themselves better! There are so many changes going on both on the inside and on the outside, that taking a moment to check in with yourself can get easily overlooked. College essays force you to look within, some use a more subtle method, and others in a much more deep and obvious way.

If you're applying to Stanford, it can be quite clear that the school wants to learn about you and what makes you tick. Take a look at some of Stanford's questions below. Even if you won't be applying to Stanford, if will still provide you with a valuable moment of introspection that you can keep with you long after the college application process is forgotten.

A) Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.

B) Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better.

C) What matters to you, and why?

D) Briefly respond to the following seven inquiries so we can get to know you better. Do not feel compelled to use complete sentences.

  1. Name your favorite books, authors, films, and/or artists
  2. What newspapers, magazines, and/or websites do you enjoy?
  3. What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?
  4. How did you spend your last two summers?
  5. What were your favorite events (e.g., performances, exhibits, competitions, conferences, etc.) in recent years?
  6. What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?
  7. What five words best describe you?

 

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Fall SAT Scores Are Released

Always good to check in with yourself now and then.

Always good to check in with yourself now and then!

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!

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Why Do You Want to Apply to Columbia University?

Columbia Universcolumbiaity'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.

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Apply Early to Tufts University

tuftsIf you're considering Tufts University, you have two chances to apply early decision, with the deadlines being November 1 or January 1. And being one of the most competitive schools in the country, Tufts clearly attracts thousands of applicants! But perhaps what might entice applicants even more, after reading dozens of boring essay prompts, are the lively essay options that Tufts provides, and updates each year. This year's prompts are sure to not disappoint:

Now we’d like to know a little bit more about you. Please respond to ONE of the following six questions (200-250 words):

A) Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—the first elected female head of state in Africa and winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize—has lived a life of achievement. “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough," she once said. As you apply to college, what are your dreams?

B) What makes you happy?

C) Science and society are filled with rules, theories, and laws such as the First Amendment, PV=nRT, Occam’s Razor, and The Law of Diminishing Returns. In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. A green light on a roadway means "go." Pick any law and explain its significance to you. 

D) It's cool to be smart. Tell us about the subjects or ideas that excite your intellectual curiosity.

E) Nelson Mandela believed that "what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." Describe a way in which you have made or hope to make a difference.

F) Celebrate the role of sports in your life.

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Don't Overlook Cornell University's Supplemental Essays

cornellCornell 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

Type
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

Question
How have your interests and related experiences influenced the major you have selected in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences?

Length
650 words maximum

Cornell University Supplement #2

Type
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

Question
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?

Length
650 words maximum

Cornell University Supplement #3

Type
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

Question
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?

Length
650 words maximum

 

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University of Chicago Early Deadlines are Fast Approaching

uchicagoIf you're applying early, you no doubt have your Common App main essay completed, but have you finished all of your supplemental essays? Let's take University of Chicago for example. There are 4 supplemental essays to complete. Two are required, and two are optional. Any chance you're wondering if you can skip the optional questions? Well, we're guessing not too many students applying to competitive schools skip optional questions that apply to them. Think of optional as opportunity! It's definitely worth the extra time it takes to make sure you've let the colleges get to know you as much as possible. Here are the two optional questions that you may not want to miss!

1) Share with us a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of music, musicians, performers, paintings, artists, blogs, magazines, or newspapers. Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or add a category of your own.

2) You may submit supporting materials for music, theater and dance, or visual arts and film digitally through the "Portfolio" section of your UChicago Account. You may also submit a short creative writing sample or scientific research abstract through your UChicago account using the "upload" feature.

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Malia Obama is Applying Too!

You're closer than you think!

You're closer than you think!

It's somehow comforting to know that all seniors have to go through the college admissions process, including Malia Obama, and that even President Obama is thinking about it! This New York Times article offers some great advice from our President, that we think all seniors could use right about now.

  1. Don't "stress too much about getting into one particular college. Just because it's not some name-brand, famous, fancy school doesn't mean that you're not going to get a great education there."
  2. "Keep your grades up until you get in, and after that, make sure you pass."
  3. "Stretch yourself. Because this is the time to do it, when you’re young.”

And we think the advice extends beyond applying to college! Well, maybe not the part about just passing...but in the sense of taking a balanced approach to everything that comes your way. In the end, there are certain things that will be out of your control like which schools accept you, but whichever school you end up attending, it will be in your control to take advantage of the resources available to you, and turn it into the experience that you are dreaming college will be.

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The Key to a Great Essay

aha momentStudents definitely have a lot on their plates this fall, from re-taking standardized tests, maintaining strong grades, writing college essays, deciding where to apply, filling in applications, keeping active with extracurriculars...it can all feel overwhelming! But what if you were also dealing with trying to fulfill much more basic needs at the same time? And not even just for yourself, but for your whole family, including much younger siblings. It's just not a reality that many students have to think about, let alone face!

But once in a while there is a story that surfaces that affects us all, because it makes us take a second look at the world around us, and at ourselves. It invites us to look beyond the surface, to gain a new perspective, and to be grateful for the little details we take for granted each day. So, if you are reading this, and you are still looking for the key to a great essay, it evolves from that deeper look. Maybe you've dealt with issues like Viviana Andazola Marquez, or maybe you feel like your life has been pretty smooth and easy, but either way, anyone has the ability, through observation and self-examination, to connect the dots in a new way, and come up with that essay that not only stands out, but more importantly, creates an aha moment that allows us a fleeting glimpse of how we're all interconnected.

To read about Viviana's story, click here, and don't miss her essay, along with a couple other inspiring essays, here.

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New Second Early Decision Deadline for Boston University

bubulldogMost seniors want to apply Early Decision in order to maximize their chances of getting into their dream school, but what if you're just not ready in the fall? Boston University has added a second Early Decision deadline this year, giving students the added advantage of committing to a school later on January 4. This is the same deadline as Boston University's Regular Admission deadline, but you will be notified of a decision sooner!

Students applying to the second Early Decision deadline will be notified of a decision on February 15 with a deposit due on March 1, while students applying Regular Admission will be notified late March/early April with a deposit due on May 1. Keep in mind that students applying to accelerated programs need to meet a November 15 deadline, and for scholarships, students must apply by December 1.

Go Terriers!

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