Early Application Numbers Released

timeAs early applicants wait to hear from their top-choice colleges, schools are beginning to release their numbers of early applicants. While there is still not much data available, a look at a few of the Ivy League schools indicates an increase over last year's numbers:

Princeton: 9.4% increase

UPenn: 44% increase

Dartmouth: 2% increase

Yale: .6% increase

See this article for more information, as well as some great Early Decision II options if you missed the fall deadlines.


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Inspiring Commencement Speeches 2012

Year after year, commencement speakers face crowds of graduates and offer words of wisdom, reassurance, and reminders of the difficult challenges ahead, and this year was no different. Speakers ranged from Barack Obama and Condoleeza Rice to Andy Samburg and Aaron Sorkin. College graduates were given a final speech of encouragement before heading out into "the real world."

As you begin the process of applying to college, it is easy to lose sight of the end of the journey. Applications involve lots of work and often times an unnecessary amount of stress, but the light at the end of the tunnel – college – makes it all worthwhile. Starting a new chapter can also be scary – something that almost every college commencement speaker acknowledges. As high school comes to a close, here are some noteworthy quotes to think about as you start exploring where your path may take you after high school:

Wendy Kopp, Dartmouth College: "We have to check ourselves every day and ask 'Is the net force of what I'm doing building up or tearing down?'"

Aaron Sorkin, Syracuse University: "Every once in a while you'll succeed. Most of the time you'll fail, and most of the time the circumstances will be well beyond your control."

Michael Lewis, Princeton University: "Recognize that if you have had success, you have also had luck, and with luck comes obligation."

Ira Glass, Goucher College: "We don't know. We lurch forward in our lives, we try this, we try that, we make the best guesses that we can, based on what we believe at the time."

Barney Frank, Harvard College: "What good are a set of ideals that are unrealized? Make sure that you are pragmatic in the service of your idealism."

Corey A. Booker, Bard College: "I believe in my heart of hearts that it is better to have your ship sunk at sea than to have it rot in the harbor."  

Click here to hear their inspiring speeches.

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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 11th. Expect this list to continue to grow each week.

  1. Albright College
  2. Alfred University
  3. Alma College
  4. American University of Paris
  5. American University of Rome
  6. Amherst College
  7. Arizona State University
  8. Auburn University
  9. Augustana College
  10. Babson College
  11. Baldwin-Wallace College
  12. Bard College at Simon's Rock
  13. Bates College
  14. Belmont University
  15. Beloit College
  16. Benedict College
  17. Bennington College
  18. Bentley University
  19. Berea College
  20. Berklee College of Music
  21. Berry College
  22. Birmingham-Southern College
  23. Bloomfield College
  24. Boise State University
  25. Boston University
  26. Bowdoin College
  27. Bowling Green State University
  28. Bradley University
  29. Brevard College
  30. Brigham Young University-Provo
  31. Brown University
  32. Bryant University
  33. Cabrini College
  34. California College of the Arts
  35. California Lutheran University
  36. California State University-East Bay
  37. California State University-Bakersfield
  38. California State University-Long Beach
  39. Calvin College
  40. Campbell University
  41. Carnegie Mellon University
  42. Carroll University
  43. Catholic University of America
  44. Cedar Crest College
  45. Centenary College of Louisiana
  46. Centre College
  47. Chatham University
  48. Christendom College
  49. Christian Brothers University in TN
  50. Claremont McKenna College
  51. Clark Atlanta University
  52. Clarkson University
  53. Clemson University
  54. Coe College
  55. College of Idaho
  56. College of New Jersey
  57. College of the Atlantics
  58. College of the Holy Cross
  59. College of the Ozarks
  60. College of Wooster
  61. Colorado College
  62. Colorado School of Mines
  63. Columbia College Chicago
  64. Columbia University
  65. Connecticut College
  66. Cornell University
  67. Dartmouth College
  68. Delaware State University
  69. Denison University
  70. Duke University
  71. Duquesne University
  72. Eastern Mennonite University
  73. Elmira College
  74. Elon University
  75. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  76. Emory and Henry College
  77. Erskine College
  78. Fairfield University
  79. Fisher College (MA)
  80. Fisk University
  81. Flagler College
  82. Florida Atlantic University
  83. Florida Institute of Technology
  84. Florida International University
  85. Florida Southern College
  86. Florida State University
  87. Fordham University
  88. Franklin and Marshall College
  89. Franklin Pierce University
  90. Furman University
  91. Gannon University
  92. George Fox University
  93. Georgetown College
  94. Georgetown University
  95. Georgetown University
  96. Georgia College and State University
  97. Georgia Institue of Technology
  98. Georgia Southern University
  99. Gonzaga University
  100. Gordon College
  101. Goshen College
  102. Goucher College
  103. Green Mountain College
  104. Grinnell College
  105. Guilford College
  106. Hamilton College
  107. Hampshire College
  108. Hampton University
  109. Hanover College
  110. Harvard College
  111. Hastings College
  112. Hendrix College
  113. High Point University
  114. Hiram College
  115. Hollins University
  116. Hood College
  117. Illinois Institute of Technology
  118. Indiana University
  119. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  120. Indiana Wesleyan University
  121. Iowa State University
  122. Kansas State University
  123. Keene State College
  124. Kenyon College
  125. Knox College
  126. Lees-McRae College
  127. Lehigh University
  128. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  129. Longwood University
  130. Louisiana State University
  131. Louisiana Tech University
  132. Loyola University New Orleans
  133. Lynchburg College
  134. Lyon College
  135. Macaulay Honors
  136. Maine College of Art
  137. Marlboro College
  138. Marshall University
  139. Marymount Manhattan College
  140. Marymount University (VA)
  141. Maryville College
  142. Marywood University
  143. Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  144. McDaniel College
  145. Miami University (OH)
  146. Michigan Technological University
  147. Middlebury College
  148. Mills College
  149. Millsaps College
  150. Misericordia University
  151. Mississippi College
  152. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  153. Monmouth College
  154. Moravian College
  155. Morgan State University
  156. Mount Union College
  157. Murray State University
  158. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  159. New College of Florida
  160. New England College
  161. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  162. Newbury College
  163. Norfolk State University
  164. Northeastern University
  165. Northern Arizona University
  166. Northland College
  167. Northwestern University
  168. Nova Southeastern University
  169. Oberlin College
  170. Occidental College
  171. Ohio State University-Columbus
  172. Oklahoma State University
  173. Otterbein University
  174. Pacific Union College
  175. Palm Beach Atlantic University
  176. Paul Smith's College
  177. Pepperdine University
  178. Piedmont College
  179. Pitzer College
  180. Pomona College
  181. Post University
  182. Prescott College
  183. Princeton University
  184. Principia College
  185. Quinnipiac University
  186. Randolph College
  187. Randolph-Macon College
  188. Rhodes College
  189. Ripon College
  190. Roanoke College
  191. Rosemont College
  192. Sacred Heart University
  193. Saint Joseph's University
  194. Saint Mary's College (CA)
  195. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  196. Saint Michael's College
  197. Saint Vincent College
  198. Sarah Lawrence College
  199. Scripps College
  200. Seattle University
  201. Sewanee: The University of the South
  202. Shenandoah University
  203. South Dakota State University
  204. Southwestern University
  205. Spelman College
  206. Springfield College
  207. St. Edward's University
  208. St. Mary's College of Maryland
  209. St. Mary's University of San Antonio
  210. Stanford University
  211. State University of New York at Oswego
  212. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  213. Stephens College
  214. Sterling College
  215. Stevens Institute of Technology
  216. Suffolk
  217. Swarthmore College
  218. Sweet Briar College
  219. Syracuse University
  220. Texas A&M University-College Station
  221. Texas A&M University-Galveston
  222. Texas State University
  223. The University of New England
  224. Touro College
  225. Trinity College (CT)
  226. Trinity University
  227. Truman State University
  228. Tufts University
  229. Tusculum College
  230. Tuskegee University
  231. United States Air Force Academy
  232. University of Alabama
  233. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  234. University of Arizona
  235. University of Bridgeport
  236. University of California-Berkeley
  237. University of California-Davis
  238. University of California-Irvine
  239. University of California-Los Angeles
  240. University of California-Merced
  241. University of California-Riverside
  242. University of California-San Diego
  243. University of California-Santa Barbara
  244. University of California-Santa Cruz
  245. University of Central Florida
  246. University of Chicago
  247. University of Cincinnati
  248. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  249. University of Colorado-Boulder
  250. University of Connecticut
  251. University of Dayton
  252. University of Denver
  253. University of Findlay
  254. University of Florida
  255. University of Georgia
  256. University of Great Falls
  257. University of Idaho
  258. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  259. University of Iowa
  260. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  261. University of Maryland-College Park
  262. University of Miami
  263. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  264. University of Minnesota-Morris
  265. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  266. University of Mississippi
  267. University of Missouri-Columbia
  268. University of Missouri-Kansas city
  269. University of Montana
  270. University of Montevallo
  271. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  272. University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  273. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  274. University of North Dakota
  275. University of Notre Dame
  276. University of Oklahoma
  277. University of Pittsburgh
  278. University of Rhode Island
  279. University of Richmond
  280. University of San Diego
  281. University of South Dakota
  282. University of Southern California
  283. University of Southern Maine
  284. University of Southern Mississippi
  285. University of St. Thomas
  286. University of Tampa
  287. University of Texas-Austin
  288. University of Texas-El Paso
  289. University of Tulsa
  290. University of Utah
  291. University of Victoria
  292. University of Virginia
  293. University of Washington-Seattle
  294. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  295. University of Wyoming
  296. Utah State University
  297. Utica College
  298. Valdosta State University
  299. Valparaiso University
  300. Vanderbilt University
  301. Villanova University
  302. Wake Forest University
  303. Washington and Jefferson College
  304. Washington and Lee University
  305. Washington University in St. Louis
  306. Webb Institute
  307. Wells College
  308. Wesleyan College
  309. Wesleyan University
  310. West Virginia University
  311. Western Michigan University
  312. Westminster College (MO)
  313. Westmont College
  314. Wheaton College
  315. Wheaton College (IL)
  316. Wilkes University
  317. Winona State University (MN)
  318. Wofford College
  319. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  320. Xavier University (OH)
  321. York College of Pennsylvania