Upcoming ExpertAccess Webcast: Still Haven't Written Your College Application Essays?

Still haven't written your college application essays? Don't panic! Join Felice Kobrick for an overview of everything you need to know to write sensational college essays. She will discuss what makes a great essay and a not-so-great essay, review the Common Application essay prompts, and touch on the ubiquitous "Why this college" essay. The webcast will end with a Q&A. Felice Kobrick is a leading educational consultant widely recognized for her knowledge of college admissions. She offers workshops and seminars throughout the country, and has written a College Admissions 101 column.

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Colleges With 2014-2015 Essay Questions

We have updated the essay questions for the 2014-2015 application season for the following colleges:

1. Academy of Art University
2. Adams State College
3. Adelphi University
4. Agnes Scott College
5. Albright College
6. Alfred University
7. Allegheny College
8. Alma College
9. American University
10. Amherst College
11. Appalachian State University
12. Arcadia University
13. Aurora University
14. Austin College
15. Austin Peay State University
16. Babson College
17. Bard College
18. Barnard College
19. Bates College
20. Baylor University
21. Beacon College
22. Belmont University
23. Bemidji State University
24. Bennington College
25. Bentley University
26. Berklee College of Music
27. Berry College
28. Birmingham-Southern College
29. Boston University
30. Bowdoin College
31. Bowling Green State University
32. Bradley University
33. Brandeis University
34. Brown University
35. Bryant University
36. California Institute of Technology
37. California Lutheran University
38. Calvin College
39. Campbell University
40. Canisius College
41. Carleton College
42. Carnegie Mellon University
43. Carroll College
44. Case Western Reserve University
45. Castelton State College
46. Catholic University of America
47. Cazenovia College
48. Cedar Crest College
49. Centenary College of Louisiana
50. Central Michigan University
51. Centre College
52. Champlain College
53. Christian Brothers University in TN
54. Claremont McKenna College
55. Clark University
56. Clarkson University
57. Clemson University
58. Coastal Carolina University
59. Coe College
60. Colby College
61. Colby-Sawyer College
62. Colgate University
63. College of New Jersey
64. College of St. Benedict
65. College of St. Joseph
66. College of St. Rose (NY)
67. College of the Holy Cross
68. College of the Ozarks
69. College of William and Mary
70. College of Wooster
71. Colorado College
72. Colorado State University
73. Columbia University
74. Concordia University (CA)
75. Connecticut College
76. Cornell College
77. Cornell University
78. Creighton University
79. Curry College
80. Daemen College
81. Dartmouth College
82. Davidson College
83. Delaware State University
84. DePaul University
85. DePauw University
86. DeSales University
87. Dickinson College
88. Dowling College
89. Drake University
90. Drew University
91. Drexel University
92. Drury University
93. Duke University
94. Earlham College
95. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
96. East Tennessee State University
97. Eastern Mennonite University
98. Eckerd College
99. Elon University
100. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Campus
101. Emerson College
102. Emmanuel College
103. Emory and Henry College
104. Emory University
105. Endicott College
106. Fairfield University
107. Fairleigh Dickinson University
108. Flagler College
109. Florida International University
110. Florida State University
111. Fordham University
112. Fort Valley State University
113. Franklin and Marshall College
114. Franklin Pierce University
115. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
116. Furman University
117. Gannon University
118. George Fox University
119. Georgetown College
120. Georgetown University
121. Georgia College and State University
122. Georgia Institute of Technology
123. Gettysburg College
124. Gonzaga University
125. Goucher College
126. Grinnell College
127. Guilford College
128. Hamilton College
129. Hampshire College
130. Harding University
131. Hartwick College
132. Harvard University
133. Harvey Mudd College
134. Hastings College
135. Haverford College
136. Hawaii Pacific University
137. High Point University
138. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
139. Hollins University
140. Hope College
141. Howard University
142. Idaho State University
143. Illinois Wesleyan University
144. Indiana University
145. Iowa State University
146. James Madison University
147. Johns Hopkins University
148. Keene State College
149. Kent State University
150. Kenyon College
151. Knox College
152. La Salle University
153. Lafayette College
154. Laguna College of Art and Design
155. Lake Forest College
156. Lawrence University
157. Le Moyne College
158. Lehigh University
159. Lewis & Clark College
160. Linfield College
161. Louisiana State University
162. Louisiana Tech University
163. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
164. Loyola Marymount University
165. Loyola University Chicago
166. Loyola University Maryland
167. Loyola University New Orleans
168. Luther College
169. Lynchburg College
170. Lynn University
171. Macalester College
172. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY
173. Manhattan College
174. Marist College
175. Marquette University
176. Marymount Manhattan College
177. Maryville College
178. Marywood University
179. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
180. McDaniel College
181. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
182. Menlo College
183. Mercy College
184. Mercyhurst College
185. Merrimack College
186. Miami University (OH)
187. Michigan State University
188. MidAmerica Nazarene University
189. Middlebury College
190. Millikin University
191. Mills College
192. Millsaps College
193. Milwaukee School of Engineering
194. Mississippi College
195. Missouri University of Science and Technology
196. Monmouth College
197. Morehouse College
198. Muhlenberg College
199. Murray State University
200. Muskingum College
201. Nazareth College
202. Nebraska Wesleyan University
203. New College of Florida
204. New England College
205. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
206. New Mexico State University
207. New World School of the Arts
208. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
209. New York University
210. Newbury College
211. Niagara University
212. Nichols College
213. Norfolk State University
214. Northeastern University
215. Northwestern University
216. Notre Dame de Namur University
217. Nova Southeastern University
218. Occidental College
219. Ohio State University-Columbus
220. Ohio Wesleyan University
221. Olivet College
222. Oregon Institute of Technology
223. Pennsylvania State University-University Park
224. Pepperdine University
225. Pine Manor College
226. Pitzer College
227. Pomona College
228. Portland State University
229. Prescott College
230. Princeton University
231. Providence College
232. Purdue University-West Lafayette
233. Quinnipiac University
234. Randolph College
235. Randolph-Macon College
236. Reed College
237. Regis College
238. Regis University
239. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
240. Rhode Island College
241. Rhodes College
242. Rider University
243. Ringling College of Art & Design
244. Ripon College
245. Rochester Institute of Technology
246. Rockland Community College
247. Roger WIlliams University
248. Rosemont College
249. Rowan University
250. Rutgers-New Brunswick
251. Rutgers-Newark
252. Sacred Heart University
253. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
254. Saint Leo University
255. Saint Martin's University
256. Saint Mary's College (CA)
257. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
258. Saint Michael's College
259. Salisbury University
260. Salve Regina University
261. San Diego State University
262. San Francisco State University
263. San Jose City College
264. Santa Clara University
265. Santa Fe Community College
266. Sarah Lawrence College
267. Savannah State University
268. Scripps College
269. Seattle Pacific University
270. Seattle University
271. Sewanee: The University of the South
272. Shenandoah University
273. Shorter University
274. Simmons College
275. Skidmore College
276. Smith College
277. Soka University of America
278. South Carolina State University
279. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
280. Southern Methodist University
281. Southern Nazarene University
282. Southern New Hampshire University
283. Southern University at New Orleans
284. Southwestern University
285. Spring Hill College
286. Springfield College
287. St. Catherine University
288. St. Edward’s University
289. St. Mary's College
290. St. Mary's College of Maryland
291. St. Olaf College
292. St. Petersburg College
293. St. Thomas Aquinas College
294. Stanford University
295. State University of New York at Albany
296. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
297. State University of New York at Cortland
298. State University of New York at Fredonia
299. State University of New York at Geneseo
300. State University of New York at Old Westbury
301. State University of New York at Oneonta
302. State University of New York at Oswego
303. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
304. State University of New York at Stony Brook
305. State University of New York-University at Buffalo
306. Stetson University
307. Stevens Institute of Technology
308. Stonehill College
309. Suffolk University
310. Susquehanna University
311. Swarthmore College
312. Syracuse University
313. Texas A&M University-College Station
314. Texas Christian University
315. Transylvania University
316. Trine University
317. Trinity College (CT)
318. Trinity University
319. Troy University
320. Tufts University
321. Tulane University
322. Tuskegee University
323. Union College
324. United States Air Force Academy
325. United States Naval Academy
326. Unity College
327. University of Alabama
328. University of Alaska-Southeast
329. University of Arizona
330. University of California-Berkeley
331. University of California-Davis
332. University of California-Irvine
333. University of California-Los Angeles
334. University of California-Merced
335. University of California-Riverside
336. University of California-San Diego
337. University of California-Santa Barbara
338. University of California-Santa Cruz
339. University of Central Florida
340. University of Chicago
341. University of Cincinnati
342. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
343. University of Colorado-Boulder
344. University of Connecticut
345. University of Dayton
346. University of Denver
347. University of Findlay
348. University of Florida
349. University of Georgia
350. University of Great Falls
351. University of Hartford
352. University of Hawaii-Manoa
353. University of Illinois-Chicago
354. University of Iowa
355. University of Kansas
356. University of Mary
357. University of Mary Washington
358. University of Maryland-University College
359. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
360. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
361. University of Massachusetts-Boston
362. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
363. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
364. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
365. University of Mississippi
366. University of Missouri-Columbia
367. University of Montevallo
368. University of Nebraska-Omaha
369. University of New England
370. University of New Hampshire
371. University of New Haven
372. University of North Carolina-Asheville
373. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
374. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
375. University of North Dakota
376. University of Northern Colorado
377. University of Notre Dame
378. University of Oklahoma
379. University of Oregon
380. University of Pennsylvania
381. University of Pittsburgh
382. University of Portland
383. University of Puget Sound
384. University of Redlands
385. University of Rhode Island
386. University of Richmond
387. University of Rochester
388. University of San Diego
389. University of San Francisco
390. University of Saskatchewan
391. University of Scranton
392. University of South Florida
393. University of Southern California
394. University of Tennessee
395. University of Texas-Austin
396. University of the Sciences
397. University of Toronto
398. University of Vermont
399. University of Victoria
400. University of Virginia
401. University of Western Ontario
402. University of Wisconsin-Madison
403. University of Wyoming
404. Ursinus College
405. Valparaiso University
406. Vanderbilt University
407. Vassar College
408. Villanova University
409. Virginia Commonwealth University
410. Virginia Tech
411. Wabash College
412. Wagner College
413. Wake Forest University
414. Wartburg College
415. Washington and Lee University
416. Washington College
417. Washington State University
418. Webb Institute
419. Wellesley College
420. Wells College
421. Wentworth Institute of Technology
422. Wentworth Military Academy and College
423. Wesleyan University
424. Western Carolina University
425. Western New England University
426. Western Washington University
427. Westminster College (MO)
428. Westminster College (PA)
429. Westmont College
430. Wheaton College
431. Wheelock College (MA)
432. Whitman College
433. Whittier College
434. Widener University
435. Willamette University
436. William Paterson University
437. Williams College
438. Wingate University
439. Winona State University (MN)
440. Wofford College
441. Woodbury University
442. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
443. Wright State University
444. Xavier University (OH)
445. Xavier University of Louisiana
446. Yale University

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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.



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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.

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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.

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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 [email protected] 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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College Essay Organizer's Essay QuickFinder Now FREE For Students!

College Essay Organizer's Essay QuickFinder will be FREE for the remainder of 2011! Get access to every essay question you'll need to write this year, including supplemental, scholarship, optional, and program-specific questions you won't find on the Common App -- all organized in one place!

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This offer applies only to high school seniors - no counselors. Each student gets only one free account.

Once you create your account, simply select your colleges and College Essay Organizer will do the rest!

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If you have questions, call 646-448-4927 or email [email protected].

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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.

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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

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?”

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