A High Point in the 2011-2012 Application Season Before the Common App is Released August 1

A High Point in the 2011-2012 Application Season

Our research team has been busy churning out updates this week.  Here’s a preview of schools that have been recently updated in College Essay Organizer for those eagerly anticipating our weekly email, and expect hundreds more when the Common App goes live August 1:

  1. Alfred University
  2. Arizona State University
  3. Benedict College
  4. Bloomfield College
  5. Bowling Green State University
  6. Calvin College
  7. Campbell University
  8. Christendom College
  9. Delaware State University
  10. High Point University
  11. Louisiana State University
  12. Louisiana Tech University
  13. Lynchburg College
  14. Ohio State-Columbus
  15. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  16. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  17. University of Mississippi
  18. University of South Dakota
  19. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

High Point University deserves special notice since they revamped some of their required questions. Here is our favorite new essay prompt:

You are a contestant on Jeopardy!. It’s time for your introduction, in which you introduce yourself and tell a short, interesting story or factoid about your life. Here’s your chance to be famous: What story do you tell to millions of Jeopardy! viewers?

Now, while you’re dreaming of being famous, don’t forget to get cracking on this season’s creative selection of college essays!

Emotions Run High as College Admissions Season Nears its End

Can you keep things in perspective?

Brian Harke, Associate Dean of the University of Southern California, dishes out some common sense advice regarding the last phase of the college application process in this Huffington Post article. For all the nail-biting seniors waiting to see whether their colleges send them back thin or thick envelopes: don’t fret, life will go on. As he himself attests, not everyone gets into his or her first choice, and they end up doing just fine.

As we enter the end of this lengthy process, and notifications are sent out in the coming weeks, let’s (parents and students) keep things in perspective. For those who receive “rejection” letters, keep in mind that it is not personal, but rather an indication that perhaps another school will be a much better “fit.” And for those who do get accepted to their top choices, let’s be considerate of others and keep things in check.

So as we step into this important moment, the culmination of much sweat, dreams, and emotion, remember to exhale. Once the dust settles, the world will look very much the same.

Posted in College Admissions Tips, College Essay Writing Tips, In Action, News | Comments Off on Emotions Run High as College Admissions Season Nears its End

Your College Essay Just Might Get You Accepted to Harvard

The Ivy Gates are not open to all...

The word is out. Applications to Harvard rose 15% totaling almost 35,000 applications for Fall 2011, and Columbia was not far behind receiving 34,587 applications, a 32 percent increase from just a year earlier. (Here's the article.) So what does it take to be one of the elite applicants who will walk through one of the top school’s leafy gates? With so many over-qualified applicants, what is the key to getting a second look?

A recent New York Times article by Trip Gabriel entitled The Almighty Essay suggests that the essay may be the best way to maximize your chances for entry into the school of your dreams and make you shine the brightest among thousands of other stars. Gabriel writes, “The personal essay, [admissions officers] all said, growing soft and fuzzy, is the one element where a student’s own voice can be heard through the fog of quantitative data.” But Gabriel also alludes to an important question. What is to happen to all the 17-year-olds who cannot translate their oh-so-lofty thoughts into polished prose that encapsulates their unique essences in 500 words? Are they left to attend a school that - gasp - may not be in the top 100?

Here at College Essay Organizer, we take these questions seriously. For one, we think everyone should be able to attend the college that he or she really loves, but with less than 10% of applicants getting into top schools, it's not so easy. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Students must apply to more schools than in the past. You can’t assume that your strong test scores and GPA are enough to get into a top school.
  • Applying to more colleges means writing many more essays - and organizing them all is crucial.
  • How can you ensure a personalized approach to each school’s application without writing 15 totally different essays? CEO users have told us that they were, on average, able to apply to 10 to 12 schools with just 3 original essays.

So don’t let the high number of applications drive you away. Arm yourself with the tools you need, prepare early, and take a chance.

Check out for FREE how many essays the colleges you're considering have, and how CEO would simplify your writing experience and save you hours.

Posted in College Admissions Tips, College Essay Writing Tips, News, Specific College | Comments Off on Your College Essay Just Might Get You Accepted to Harvard