First Essay Updates of the 2013-2014 Season

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As promised, we won't wait until August 1 to update essay questions. Boston College and University of Chicago have confirmed their essay questions for the 2013-2014 season, and you can login to your College Essay Organizer account now to find them, or create your account here.

Last year we updated 286 schools before the Common App launched August 1, and we hope to break that record this year, so keep checking back for more updates in the weeks to come!

If you are aware of any college that has released its new application but is not yet updated in College Essay Organizer, odds are we're already working on it. Keep in mind that we are updating not just the required questions but also the many program-specific, special applicant, and scholarship questions. That said, feel free to reply to this email noting any college application you believe is now available, and we will inform you when it will be live in College Essay Organizer.

Here's to a great season!

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Colleges Change SAT Subject Test Requirements

Hurricane Sandy's impact on the college admissions process continues to unfold. Colleges first reacted to the storm by extending early application deadlines. However, extending deadlines did not solve the problem for early applicants intending to take the SAT or  an SAT Subject Test on November 3. When the College Board postponed this test till November 17 or December 15 due to test center closings, it made it impossible for schools to receive the results in time. Following a flood of inquiries, colleges are beginning to post their revised policies on this issue on their websites.

Boston College whose early deadline was extended to November 13, has stated that they will review early applications following the receipt of subject test scores from applicants taking the test on November 17. Columbia University is waiving SAT subject test requirements for students registered for the November 17 test. Columbia also notes that students who had planned to take the SAT for the first time on Novemeber 3 should apply regular decision. To view more details, see this article posted by The New York Times Choice Blog.

 

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Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2012/2013 Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated through July 13 in College Essay Organizer for the 2012/2013 application season. Expect many more updates in the coming weeks.

  1. Beacon College
  2. Belmont Abbey College
  3. Bemidji State University
  4. Boston College
  5. California Maritime Academy
  6. Capital University
  7. Carroll College
  8. Citadel, The
  9. College of the Ozarks
  10. Concordia University-Austin
  11. Georgetown University
  12. Georgia College and State University
  13. Georgia Institute of Technology
  14. Hardin-Simmons University
  15. High Point University
  16. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
  17. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  18. Norwich University
  19. Otis College of Art and Design
  20. Rockland Community College
  21. University of Colorado-Boulder
  22. University of Georgia
  23. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  24. University of Pennsylvania
  25. University of Pittsburgh
  26. University of Virginia
  27. Wesleyan College

 

 

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Ways of Diversifying Your Applications

Gotta diversify... And mix it up... Like a... British Jamaican DJ.

As we've written about before, the cost of diversifying your set of schools is minimal when compared to the potential reward you have in store for an acceptance at a school above your safe range.

Being accepted at a school on the high end of where you're aiming is a big deal in terms of the academic experience you'll have, the success your peers will have after graduation, and the professional expectations you'll have, both in salary and breadth of opportunity.

So how do you expand that list of schools without wasting your time?

Focus on the core priorities you have for your university experience. Selectivity, reputation and ranking, class size, location, setting, etc. Once you've made those decisions, find ways to broaden your selections, and the odds of landing a position will increase.

If you're going to be applying to, say, Cornell, Drexel, Boston College, and UConn, stretch out the list of top schools to three or four, and your chances of winding up at a school like Cornell, even if it's not exactly Cornell - say, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, or Yale - are going to increase.

Remember, there are many reasons you can be denied admission to a school, many of which are outside of your control, such as your demographic, geographic location, or high school's history with the university. Broaden your selection and you'll improve the chances.

CEO is here to compliment the other tools at your disposal and make the many applications, and the legwork that goes along with it, that much easier.