College Essay Organizer Discussed on Fox News

fox_news_logo_a_lSince the College Board announced that it's revamping the SAT in 2016, there have been questions about what the most important factors are in the college admissions process. Scott Farber, co-founder of College Essay Organizer, recently addressed this stating that colleges place equal weight on standardized test scores and grades, with essays following closely behind.

Don't miss this Fox News interview where Farber also mentions College Essay Organizer, created to give students the edge on their essays and enhance students' ability to tell their story in their own unique way. The stories that students write continue to increase in importance and are most often the deciding factor between two students with similar grades and test scores.

 

 

Princeton's Dean of Admission Talks About College Essays

Janet Rapelye, the dean of admission at Princeton University, is answering admissions questions for The New York Times' Choice Blog this week. Her first posting addressed the importance of taking time to write your college essays:

"Your ability to write well is critical to our decision because your writing reflects your thinking. No matter what question is asked on a college application, admission officers are looking to see how well you convey your ideas and express yourself in writing. It is our window to your world."

This definitely reinforces the fact that college essays can play a pivotal role in acceptance to a college. Starting early, staying organized, and investing considerable time perfecting your prose may make all the difference in getting accepted to your top choice college.

First College Essay Update of the 2012/2013 Season

It’s official: The 2012/2013 college application season has begun!

Georgia Tech has posted a preview of its essay prompts for the new application season, and after confirming with the university that these are the official questions, we've updated them in College Essay Organizer. We appreciate Georgia Tech's awareness of the stress involved in the essay process when they write: "If you are anxious to get a head start on your application, we would encourage you to work on your essay - the portion of the application that most student's report takes the longest to complete."

Notwithstanding (or perhaps because of) Georgia Tech's ironic typo when emphasizing the difficulty of the writing process (highlighted by us in red), we agree that the college essay process is absolutely the most time-consuming and challenging part for applicants, and we're the only site (including the Common App and Naviance) that makes it a much smoother, more successful experience.


College Essay Organizer at the IECA Conference in Dallas

We had a great time at the IECA Fall Conference in Dallas, TX! It was exciting to see so many of you face to face, and to encounter new members interested in learning more about College Essay Organizer. As promised, we also gave away a free CEO master account valued at $195 during the IECA raffle. Good times all around.

For those of you who weren't on hand for an in-person demo, you can email us at info@collegeessayorganizer.com anytime, and we can set up a time to walk you through it. IECA members are also entitled to one free student account per season, so please contact us if you have not already done so, so we can get you set up.

Thanks again to all of you who came by to introduce yourselves in person. Talking with our members enables us to keep making improvements, and lets us know that we are meeting your needs.

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Brown University and the Common App Supplement

Emma Watson Brown University Student

One of these people goes to Brown University. Exciting! You should probably not write your essay about that.

Brown University has always been known for its distinctive academic requirements - distinctive in that it has nearly no traditional academic requirements at all. Brown does not have a core curriculum, and allows students to shape their learning around a required number of credits each semester. As one might expect, a number of Brown's essay requirements address this atypical aspect of the school, one of which goes a little something like this:

"A distinctive feature of the Brown Curriculum is the opportunity to be the 'architect of your education.' Why does this academic environment appeal to you?"

This is another way of asking why you are interested in the school, something we've addressed here on CEO Blog before. When Brown asks you what's so great about leaving your educational requirements for you to choose, what they're really asking is what you are interested in and how you plan to take advantage of the opportunities such an arrangement allows you more than anything you might find in a Brown University promotional pamphlet.

Don't forget that your writing is always about what you can do for the school and its student body, regardless of the question. The implied meaning of all your responses is that you are a desirable candidate, and that you have qualities that set you apart from the thousands of other applicants. So when writing about a school-specific quality, like when addressing this prompt from Brown, make sure that you are identifying your own interests, and detailing how they would come alive in such an environment. Be specific, clear, and assertive and find the spots where their interests are yours, too.

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

University of Chicago Releases the Most Interesting Questions for 2011-2012 So Far

Will University of Chicago win our 2011-2012 most interesting essay question award?

We’ve had another exciting day of seeing what’s out there! University of Georgia, University of Chicago, and University of Florida were among the colleges that released some of their 2011-2012 essay questions.

For those of you who have been reading countless essay questions, University of Chicago’s new questions will definitely put some glee in your day. It’s always refreshing to come across a school that is dedicated to breaking conformity and getting your creative juices flowing. You can’t help but smile when you hear a question like, “Don’t write about reverse psychology,” or, “What does Play-Doh™ have to do with Plato?”

Scholarships Provide a Needed Financial Break to Students

Would You Turn Away Free Money?

With college expenses rising, and many family budgets shrinking, pursuing scholarships can give a needed financial break to applicants and parents alike. Claudia Buck recently published this informative piece in The Olympian detailing one student’s scholarship search. Connor Quinn, a high school senior, ended up applying for over 80 scholarships, winning 22 awards totaling $22,700.

With the average tuition to private universities nearing $40,000 per year and financial aid budgets decreasing, scholarship money is becoming more of a necessity, and students are often unaware of how prevalent it can be. Buck writes that, according to estimates, there are over 1 million scholarships offering over $3 billion in free money.

While it takes some extra preparation, national college financial aid expert Mark Kantowitz explains that it doesn’t have to be overwhelming: “It isn't as much work as it seems. The first few will take maybe one hour per scholarship, but after you do your first half-dozen, you can adapt one essay to the next one. So instead of taking one hour to write an essay, you're taking 20 minutes.”

While it did take an extra effort, Quinn walked away with some non-material benefits as well, becoming more confident and grateful through the process. Quinn stated, “When I first started, I was really shy and stumbled during interviews…and it made me appreciate work and the value of a dollar.”

Start Working on Your College Essays this Summer

Alan Gelb is an author and educational consultant specializing on the college essay process.  He has written “Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Step” and “The Complete Student: Achieving Success in College and Beyond”

Alan Gelb offers some practical advice for juniors in this posting on the New York Times Choice blog. While juniors should be thinking about their college lists and beefing up their resumes with some non-academic, real-world experience this summer, they should also be taking advantage of some of their downtime to turn their attention to their college essays.

Gelb writes, “These less hurried months before the onslaught of a highly pressured fall offer the chance for students to think, reflect and connect with a writing topic that can then be developed into 500 words of polished prose.” We wholeheartedly agree, and his practical tips will definitely help your mind to slow down and get your creative juices flowing as you begin to discover and explore your essay topic.