Diversity is Up in Early Admissions Applications

The Early Decision applicant pool continues to widen

According to a recent article in the New York Times, Early Decision, once popular only among east coast applicants from elite private schools, has widened its appeal. Jess Lord, dean of admissions and financial aid at Haverford, describes this shift: “Early decision historically tended to be more homogenous than the regular pool — more white, more upper-class and upper-middle-class, less international. That’s changing fast.”

Recent reports from top colleges indicate that two to four times as many international applicants are applying early. And this shift has affected who is getting early acceptances. Fifty-six percent of student accepted early to Princeton University were from public schools this year, up from 50 percent 5 years ago, and Harvard’s early admits were nearly 20 percent black or Hispanic, up from 15 percent in 2005.

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Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2011/2012 Application Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated for the 2011/2012 application season in College Essay Organizer through August 4th. Expect this list to continue to grow each week.

  1. Albright College
  2. Alfred University
  3. Alma College
  4. American University of Rome
  5. American University of Paris
  6. Amherst College
  7. Arizona State University
  8. Baldwin-Wallace College
  9. Bard College at Simon's Rock
  10. Bates College
  11. Benedict College
  12. Berea College
  13. Berklee College of Music
  14. Berry College
  15. Bloomfield College
  16. Boise State University
  17. Boston University
  18. Bowdoin College
  19. Bowling Green State University
  20. Bradley University
  21. Brevard College
  22. Brigham Young University-Provo
  23. Brown University
  24. Bryant University
  25. California College of the Arts
  26. California State University-Bakersfield
  27. Calvin College
  28. Campbell University
  29. Carnegie Mellon University
  30. Carroll University
  31. Christendom College
  32. Christian Brothers University in TN
  33. Claremont McKenna College
  34. Clark Atlanta University
  35. Clarkson University
  36. College of the Ozarks
  37. Colorado College
  38. Colorado School of Mines
  39. Columbia University
  40. Cornell University
  41. Dartmouth College
  42. Delaware State University
  43. Duke University
  44. Duquesne University
  45. Elon University
  46. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  47. Emory and Henry College
  48. Erskine College
  49. Fairfield University
  50. Flagler College
  51. Florida Institute of Technology
  52. Florida State University
  53. Fordham University
  54. Franklin and Marshall College
  55. George Fox U
  56. Georgetown College
  57. Georgetown University
  58. Georgetown University
  59. Georgia College and State University
  60. Georgia Institue of Technology
  61. Georgia Southern University
  62. Gordon College
  63. Grinnell College
  64. Guilford College
  65. Hampton University
  66. Hanover College
  67. Harvard College
  68. Hastings College
  69. High Point University
  70. Hood College
  71. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  72. Iowa State University
  73. Kansas State University
  74. Kenyon College
  75. Lees-McRae College
  76. Lehigh University
  77. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  78. Longwood University
  79. Louisiana State University
  80. Louisiana Tech University
  81. Lynchburg College
  82. Lyon College
  83. Macaulay Honors
  84. Marshall University
  85. McDaniel College
  86. Middlebury College
  87. Mills College
  88. Mississippi College
  89. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  90. Morgan State University
  91. Murray State University
  92. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  93. New England College
  94. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  95. Norfolk State University
  96. Northwestern University
  97. Nova Southeastern University
  98. Ohio State University-Columbus
  99. Oklahoma State University
  100. Otterbein University
  101. Pacific Union College
  102. Paul Smith's College
  103. Pepperdine University
  104. Pitzer College
  105. Pomona College
  106. Post University
  107. Princeton University
  108. Principia College
  109. Ripon College
  110. Roanoke College
  111. Sacred Heart University
  112. Saint Joseph's University
  113. Saint Mary's College (CA)
  114. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  115. Saint Michael's College
  116. Sarah Lawrence College
  117. South Dakota State University
  118. Southwestern University
  119. Spelman College
  120. Springfield College
  121. St. Edward's University
  122. St. Mary's College of Maryland
  123. Stanford University
  124. Stephens College
  125. Sterling College
  126. Stevens Institute of Technology
  127. Swarthmore College
  128. Syracuse University
  129. Touro College
  130. Truman State University
  131. Tufts University
  132. Tusculum College
  133. Tuskegee University
  134. United States Air Force Academy
  135. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  136. University of Arizona
  137. University of California-Berkeley
  138. University of California-Davis
  139. University of California-Irvine
  140. University of California-Los Angeles
  141. University of California-Riverside
  142. University of California-San Diego
  143. University of California-Santa Barbara
  144. University of California-Santa Cruz
  145. University of Central Florida
  146. University of Chicago
  147. University of Cincinnati
  148. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  149. University of Colorado-Boulder
  150. University of Dayton
  151. University of Denver
  152. University of Florida
  153. University of Georgia
  154. University of Idaho
  155. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  156. University of Iowa
  157. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  158. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  159. University of Minnesota-Morris
  160. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  161. University of Mississippi
  162. University of Missouri-Columbia
  163. University of Missouri-Kansas city
  164. University of Montana
  165. University of Montevallo
  166. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  167. University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  168. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  169. University of North Dakota
  170. University of Notre Dame
  171. University of Oklahoma
  172. University of Pittsburgh
  173. University of Richmond
  174. University of San Diego
  175. University of South Dakota
  176. University of St. Thomas
  177. University of Tampa
  178. University of Texas-El Paso
  179. University of Virginia
  180. University of Washington-Seattle
  181. University of Wyoming
  182. Utah State University
  183. Valdosta State University
  184. Valparaiso University
  185. Vanderbilt University
  186. Wake Forest University
  187. Washington and Jefferson College
  188. Washington and Lee University
  189. Webb Institute
  190. Western Michigan University
  191. Wheaton College (IL)
  192. Wilkes University
  193. Wofford College
Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2011/2012 Application Season

Harvard University Returns To Early Action for 2012

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November 1 comes quickly, little crimsonites.

In 2007, Harvard eliminated its Early Action program and required that everyone send in applications on the same date, January 1st, but this year, it returns to Early Action, with the first round of applications due on November 1, 2011.

The move in 2007 was seen as a reaction against the increasingly competitive admissions environment in America, and many applauded the effort. But other popular schools took this as a competitive advantage and did not follow suit, so Harvard has done its applicants a favor by sparing them the difficult choice of a binding decision from another school when they'd really like to take a shot at Harvard.

Early Action and Early Decision programs certainly increase the pressure on students and parents alike - decisions are often made with a limited amount of information and on very short timetables, but they have their upsides for schools, allowing them to increase yields and fill large portions of their classes with students that are sure to attend.

This decision - coming from the top, as it were - should be read as a firm statement that Early Action and Early Decsion programs are here to stay. Get your work done as early as you can, do your homework, and learn as much as you can about your top choices before committing to your number one school.

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Washington Post: Applicants Apply to Many, Many, Many Schools

Washington Post. Get it? A post? Me neither.

Washington Post. Get it? A post? In Washington? I guess? You have no idea how long we spent looking for an image to put here.

This terrific article over at the Washington Post describes in detail the process that CEO simplifies every day. Top applicants, facing ever-increasing odds against their getting into top schools, diversify their applications and increase the chance they'll land an acceptance from a school at or above their academic level.

Sounds like a plan, right? And why not? There are plenty of horror stories to be had in that article. Perfect SATs. Top grades. Conservatory-level piano skills. A deferral.

But what the Post doesn't address here is that if the process is being made easier and top schools are becoming ever-more selective, what's the downside to applying to more schools?

There isn't one, except for the cost of the applications, which is far outweighed by the potential reward of ending up at a school that brings you up academically, and eventually, professionally and financially.

Take a look at the last line from the article: "I'm feeling it was really smart of me to apply to so many," she said, "because now I have enough options." Speaks for itself.

And with CEO, you can get this work done before that rerun of Seinfeld comes on.

Keep your eye on the ball and you'll see that tools already at your fingertips like CEO make this task easier than ever, often at a very low cost.