Didn't get in early? Or just procrastinating? Here's how you finish up strong!

timeWhile we hope you got in early, if you didn't, you're not alone. More than 70% of applicants who apply early don't get in and many students wait until the last minute. But you can still submit winning applications that get you accepted! For tips, check out this webcast with Dan Stern, founder of College Essay Organizer. It will help you rock the essays for the rest of your schools.

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What to do if You're Deferred

deferAs early application notifications head your way, you may be undergoing some anxious moments. If things don't go your way, remember to keep breathing! It may be helpful to take a moment to reflect on your options moving forward, knowing that ultimately you will wind up at the right place, and that college is more about what you make it than where you go.

If you do get a deferral, you should still continue applying to additional colleges, but there are a few steps you can take that could increase your chances of getting in. This Common App article highlights some important points:

  • A deferral means that you are still in the running along with other regular applicants, and you are no longer bound to accept an offer of admission.
  • Take your time before communicating with the college to ensure that you can calmly express yourself without sending the wrong message.
  • Research what the school recommends you do and don't do. Usually there are some specific steps you can take to let a school know you are still highly interested such as sending along a commitment letter after some time has elapsed.
  • Find out how many deferred applicants have been admitted in past years so that you have a better idea of what to expect.
  • Inquire if taking an additional round of standardized testing would be possible or helpful.
  • Don't blame yourself or your application. Instead, focus on your remaining applications, schoolwork, and relaxing with friends and family as much as possible as you bring in the new year.

 

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Will You Receive Your College Acceptance Via Snapchat?

wisconsinAs you anxiously await your early admission letters, you have yet another place to look for them! While notifications have largely moved online speeding up the process and allowing for students to be notified at the identical time, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is taking this to a new level.

According to this U. S. News article, the school shared its good news by delivering a photo message via Snapchat since the school knows that much of students' free time is spent on the app. While accepted students still receive a congratulatory email and welcome packet in the mail, this will further speed up delivery, and excited students often respond with a selfie.

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Harvard Student Shares Tips on Writing the College Essay

harvardWriting college essays is definitely the most anxiety-provoking part about applying to college, mainly because so much weight is placed on essays when applying to competitive schools. In fact, colleges often use essays to distinguish students with similar test scores and GPAs. Halie Olson, a senior at Harvard College, shares tips for writing a great college essay that will help you stand out from other applicants:

  1. Just start writing. Sometimes just getting something on the page is the best first step.
  2. Starting over can be the best strategy. When the first attempt doesn't feel right, starting with a new topic can be the way to go.
  3. Ask others to read over your work. An outside perspective is so important to make sure you're on the right track.
  4. Expect multiple drafts. Editing is such an important part of creating a stellar essay.

For the full article, click here.

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November is the busiest time of the year for college essays

ieca_new-orleans-logo-medWhile we won't see you in New Orleans this IECA Conference (we'll be there in the spring), we wanted to let you know that we're thinking of you -- especially since November is the busiest month for college essays now that students are turning from their early applications to all their regular applications.

Email us at info@collegeessayorganizer.com or call us at 646-448-4927 with any questions at all. And be sure to stop by our partner CollegePlannerPro for more info on how you can access College Essay Organizer through CPP.

In case you haven't checked us out this season, our newest upgrades include:

  • Use our new master account interface through CollegePlannerPro so you can access all your clients' essay reports and alerts on one page, getting a snapshot of everyone's status
  • Set up alerts to be emailed to any counselor you want so students can edit drafts with whomever
  • Track alerts more easily with student and counselor names visible in email subject lines
  • Customize each student's RoadMap with more essay topic options so that you control all writing plans
  • Remove schools on your own from a student's RoadMap so you don't need to look at dropped colleges anymore
  • Keep track of tasks and notes for each student with our new To Do List and Scratchpad features
    Our team of dedicated researchers is extremely proud to have provided you with another season of 100% error-free college essay experience!
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Strengthen Your Admissions Odds Without Extra Effort

More applications doesn't always mean more essays!

More applications doesn't always mean more essays!

As early deadlines approach, students across the country are scrambling to complete their applications. Of course, filling out the application form is not the most stressful and time-consuming part -- it's the shear number of essays that universally make students cringe (just log into your College Essay Organizer account to see what we mean). Just the thought of trying to create stand-out essays when competing with thousands of students with similar numbers is understandably nerve-wracking!

The silver lining to this is that you probably already have your main Common App essay complete (email us at info@collegeessayorganizer.com if you need any last minute assistance), and while you may be trying to nail down those supplemental essays, adding another couple schools that require no additional essays in addition to the main essay might make perfect sense! It may even allow you to exhale, knowing you have increased your admissions odds. Here's a list of some of the schools that fall into that category:

Middlebury College
University of Denver
State University of New York at Binghamton
Colby College
Connecticut College
Bentley University
West Virginia University
Grinnell College
Gettysburg College
State University of New York at Albany
Florida Southern College
Florida Institute of Technology
Kean University
University of Dayton
Bowling Green State University
Sacred Heart University
University of North Carolina-Asheville

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ALERT: Return to Earlier Essay Question for Univ of Washington Question #3

2000px-university_of_washington_block_w_logo-svgWe recently sent out an email stating that the University of Washington Question #3 had changed from what was previewed earlier on the college's own website. In a rare case of musical essay prompts, the University of Washington's application is now showing the earlier essay question that was posted.

Please call in regards to your own particular situation, but note that the admissions office has stated that it will accept a response to either essay prompt. The earlier essay question has now returned to your College Essay Organizer account. Please find the question below:

University of Washington-Seattle Question #3

Type
Required for all applicants

Question
Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the University of Washington.

Length
300 words maximum

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Virginia Tech Adds Essay Options Mid-Season

virginia-tech-school-logo-small-jpgEvery season, there are a few schools that change their essay prompts mid-season after their application has been live for some time (don't worry, we're on top of it for you!). Virginia Tech, which began the application season planning to use the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success but then announced that it won't use it until fall 2017, falls into that category this year.

After initially releasing one set of essay prompt's corresponding with the prompts being used by the Coalition Application with a 300-word limit, it has now released additional prompts and reduced the word limit to 250-300 words. Not to worry for the students who may have already submitted for the upcoming November 1 Early Decision deadlines as they will not be penalized!

Please find the new options below:

You may respond to up to three of the essay prompts below (choose one, two, or three) as you feel they support your individual application.

A) What are the top five reasons you want to be a Hokie?

B) If there is something you think would be beneficial for the Admissions Committee to know as we review your academic history, please take this opportunity to explain.

C) Our motto is Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). How is service to others important in your life?

D) If you could have any superhero power, what would it be and why?

E) We believe strongly in the Virginia Tech Principles of Community and the value of human diversity affirmed therein. Share a perspective or experience related to your culture, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status that might explain how you will enrich the climate of mutual respect and understanding here.

F) Virginia Tech is one of six senior military institutions in the country. How will this setting contribute to your college experience?

G) Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

H) Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.

I) Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

J) What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?

K) Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

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Changes to University of Washington's Essay Questions

2000px-university_of_washington_block_w_logo-svgStudents applying to the University of Washington-Seattle should take note that when its application went live recently there were a few differences from what was previewed on its website. The lengths of questions #1 and #3 changed, as did the wording for question #3. These questions have been updated in your College Essay Organizer account. Please find the updates below:

University of Washington-Seattle Question #1

Type
Required for all applicants
Question
Choose ONE topic from the five prompts listed below.
A) Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
B) Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
C) Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
D) What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give younger siblings or friends (assuming they would listen to you)?
E) Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.
Length
600 words maximum

University of Washington-Seattle Question #3

Type
Required for all applicants
Question
Choose ONE of the following two topics and write a short essay.
A) The University of Washington seeks to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints. How would you contribute to this community?
B) Describe an experience of cultural difference, positive or negative, you have had or observed. What did you learn from it?
Tip
You may define culture broadly in Topic 2. For example, it may include ethnicity, customs, values, and ideas, all of which contribute to experiences that students can share with others in college. As you reply to this question, reflect on what you have learned -- about yourself and society -- from an experience of cultural difference.
Length
300 words maximum

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Tackling College Applications with Key Data Insights

admitseeTune in to this free webcast for incredible insights that will help you tackle your college applications! AdmitSee is a searchable database of successful college applications, including essays, test scores, and advice. From its database, founder Steph Shyu has been able to uncover groundbreaking admissions trends, many of which she will share. She will demonstrate how to use real successful essays to inspire and impact your personal writing process, and craft a winning application.

Steph Shyu, named one of Forbes' 30 Under 30 and a former SAT/AP tutor and founder of an educational charity, combined her experience at a news startup with her passion for access to education to create AdmitSee. And you've got special access to her through this webcast!

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