Colleges Updated in College Essay Organizer for the 2012-2013 Season

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated through August 3 in College Essay Organizer for the 2012/2013 application season. Expect many more updates throughout the weekend and into next week.

  1. Academy of Art University
  2. Albright College
  3. Alma College
  4. American University
  5. American University of Paris
  6. Amherst College
  7. Arizona State University
  8. Art Center College of Design
  9. Auburn University
  10. Barnard College
  11. Bates College
  12. Beacon College
  13. Belmont Abbey College
  14. Beloit College
  15. Bemidji State University
  16. Benedict College
  17. Bennington College
  18. Bentley University
  19. Berry College
  20. Birmingham-Southern College
  21. Boise State University
  22. Boston College
  23. Boston Conservatory
  24. Boston University
  25. Bowdoin College
  26. Bowling Green State University
  27. Bradley University
  28. Brandeis University
  29. Bryant University
  30. Bryn Mawr College
  31. Cabrini College
  32. California Lutheran University
  33. California Maritime Academy
  34. California Polytechnic State University-Pomona
  35. California State University-Bakersfield
  36. California State University-Channel Islands
  37. California State University-Chico
  38. California State University-East Bay
  39. California State University-Fullerton
  40. California State University-Long Beach
  41. California State University-Los Angeles
  42. California State University-Monterey Bay
  43. California State University-Northridge
  44. California State University-Sacramento
  45. California State University-San Marcos
  46. Calvin College
  47. Canisius College
  48. Capital University
  49. Carleton College
  50. Carnegie Mellon University
  51. Carroll College
  52. Carroll University
  53. Case Western Reserve University
  54. Castelton State College
  55. Catholic University of America
  56. Cazenovia College
  57. Cedar Crest College
  58. Centenary College of Louisiana
  59. Central Washington University
  60. Christian Brothers University in TN
  61. Citadel, The
  62. Clark University
  63. Clemson University
  64. Coastal Carolina University
  65. Colby-Sawyer College
  66. Colgate University
  67. College of Charleston
  68. College of New Jersey
  69. College of St. Rose (NY)
  70. College of the Holy Cross
  71. College of the Ozarks
  72. Colorado College
  73. Colorado Mesa University
  74. Colorado School of Mines
  75. Colorado State University
  76. Columbia College Chicago
  77. Columbia University
  78. Columbus State University
  79. Concordia University
  80. Concordia University-Austin
  81. Cornell University
  82. Curry College
  83. Daemen College
  84. Dartmouth College
  85. Delaware State University
  86. Denison University
  87. DePaul University
  88. Dickinson College
  89. Dominican College
  90. Drury University
  91. Duke University
  92. Duquesne University
  93. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  94. Eastern Mennonite University
  95. Eastern Michigan University
  96. Eckerd College
  97. Elizabethtown College
  98. Elmira College
  99. Elon University
  100. Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  101. Emmanuel College
  102. Endicott College
  103. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  104. Flagler College
  105. Florida Atlantic University
  106. Florida Institute of Technology
  107. Florida International University
  108. Florida Southern College
  109. Fordham University
  110. Franklin and Marshall College
  111. Franklin Pierce University
  112. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  113. Furman University
  114. Gannon University
  115. Georgetown University
  116. Georgia College and State University
  117. Georgia Institute of Technology
  118. Georgia State University
  119. Gonzaga University
  120. Gordon College
  121. Grinnell College
  122. Guilford College
  123. Hamilton College
  124. Hanover College
  125. Hardin-Simmons University
  126. Harding University
  127. Hartwick College
  128. Harvard College
  129. Harvey Mudd College
  130. Hastings College
  131. High Point University
  132. Hollins University
  133. Hood College
  134. Howard University
  135. Idaho State University
  136. Indiana University
  137. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  138. Iowa State University
  139. James Madison University
  140. Juniata College
  141. Keene State College
  142. Kent State University
  143. Kenyon College
  144. King's College
  145. Knox College
  146. La Salle University
  147. Lafayette College
  148. Lake Erie College
  149. Le Moyne College
  150. Lewis & Clark College
  151. Louisiana State University
  152. Louisiana Tech University
  153. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
  154. Loyola Marymount University
  155. Loyola University New Orleans
  156. Luther College
  157. Lycoming College
  158. Lynchburg College
  159. Macalester College
  160. Manhattan College
  161. Marquette University
  162. Maryville College
  163. McDaniel College
  164. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
  165. Menlo College
  166. Mercyhurst College
  167. Meredith College
  168. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  169. Middlebury College
  170. Mills College
  171. Millsaps College
  172. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  173. Mississippi College
  174. Monmouth College
  175. Morehouse College
  176. Mount Saint Mary College
  177. Murray State University
  178. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  179. New College of Florida
  180. New England College
  181. New Mexico State University
  182. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
  183. New York University
  184. Newbury College
  185. Niagara University
  186. Norfolk State University
  187. Northern Arizona University
  188. Northland College
  189. Northwestern University
  190. Norwich University
  191. Notre Dame de Namur University
  192. Nova Southeastern University
  193. Oberlin College
  194. Occidental College
  195. Oglethorpe University
  196. Ohio Wesleyan University
  197. Oklahoma State University
  198. Oregon Institute of Technology
  199. Otis College of Art and Design
  200. Pacific Union College
  201. Pepperdine University
  202. Pitzer College
  203. Portland State University
  204. Providence College
  205. Purdue University-West Lafayette
  206. Queen's University
  207. Quinnipiac University
  208. Randolph College
  209. Randolph-Macon College
  210. Regis College
  211. Regis University
  212. Rhodes College
  213. Rice University
  214. Richard Stockton College of NJ
  215. Rider University
  216. Ripon College
  217. Roanoke College
  218. Rockland Community College
  219. Rosemont College
  220. Sacred Heart University
  221. Saint Francis University
  222. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  223. Saint Joseph's University
  224. Saint Leo University
  225. Saint Martin's University
  226. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  227. Saint Michael's College
  228. Saint Peter's College
  229. Saint Vincent College
  230. San Diego State University
  231. San Francisco State University
  232. Sewanee: The University of the South
  233. Shorter University
  234. Skidmore College
  235. Smith College
  236. South Carolina State University
  237. Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville
  238. Southern New Hampshire University
  239. Southern University at New Orleans
  240. Southwestern University
  241. Spelman College
  242. Spring Hill College
  243. St. Catherine University
  244. St. Edward's University
  245. St. Lawrence University
  246. St. Mary's College
  247. St. Petersburg College
  248. St. Thomas Aquinas College
  249. Stanford University
  250. State University of New York at Albany
  251. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
  252. State University of New York at Cortland
  253. State University of New York at Fredonia
  254. State University of New York at Geneseo
  255. State University of New York at Old Westbury
  256. State University of New York at Oneonta
  257. State University of New York at Oswego
  258. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  259. State University of New York at Stony Brook
  260. State University of New York-College at Brockport
  261. Stephen F. Austin State University
  262. Stephens College
  263. Stevens Institute of Technology
  264. Suffolk University
  265. Swarthmore College
  266. Texas A&M University-College Station
  267. Texas Woman's University
  268. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles
  269. The Art Institute of California-San Francisco
  270. Transylvania University
  271. Trine University
  272. Troy University
  273. Tufts University
  274. Tuskegee University
  275. United States Air Force Academy
  276. United States Military Academy
  277. United States Naval Academy
  278. University of Alabama
  279. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  280. University of Alaska-Southeast
  281. University of Bridgeport
  282. University of California-Berkeley
  283. University of California-Davis
  284. University of California-Irvine
  285. University of California-Los Angeles
  286. University of California-Merced
  287. University of California-Riverside
  288. University of California-San Diego
  289. University of California-Santa Barbara
  290. University of California-Santa Cruz
  291. University of Central Florida
  292. University of Chicago
  293. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  294. University of Colorado-Boulder
  295. University of Connecticut
  296. University of Dayton
  297. University of Denver
  298. University of Findlay
  299. University of Georgia
  300. University of Great Falls
  301. University of Hartford
  302. University of Hawaii-Manoa
  303. University of Idaho
  304. University of La Verne
  305. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  306. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  307. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  308. University of Massachusetts-Boston
  309. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  310. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  311. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  312. University of Missouri-Columbia
  313. University of Montevallo
  314. University of New England
  315. University of New Hampshire
  316. University of New Orleans
  317. University of North Carolina-Asheville
  318. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  319. University of Northern Colorado
  320. University of Notre Dame
  321. University of Pennsylvania
  322. University of Pittsburgh
  323. University of Richmond
  324. University of Rochester
  325. University of San Diego
  326. University of San Francisco
  327. University of Saskatchewan
  328. University of Scranton
  329. University of South Carolina-Columbia
  330. University of South Dakota
  331. University of South Florida
  332. University of Southern Mississippi
  333. University of Texas-Austin
  334. University of the Sciences
  335. University of Tulsa
  336. University of Vermont
  337. University of Victoria
  338. University of Virginia
  339. University of Western Ontario
  340. University of Wyoming
  341. Ursinus College
  342. Valdosta State University
  343. Vanderbilt University
  344. Vassar College
  345. Villanova University
  346. Wabash College
  347. Wake Forest University
  348. Wartburg College
  349. Washington and Jefferson College
  350. Washington College
  351. Washington University in St. Louis
  352. Webb Institute
  353. Weber State University
  354. Wells College
  355. Wentworth Institute of Technology
  356. Wentworth Military Academy and College
  357. Wesley College (Delaware)
  358. Wesleyan College
  359. Western Carolina University
  360. Western New England University
  361. Westminster College (PA)
  362. Whittier College
  363. Whitworth University
  364. Widener University
  365. Willamette University
  366. Wingate University
  367. Wittenberg University
  368. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  369. Wright State University
  370. Xavier University (OH)
  371. Xavier University of Louisiana
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Sample Essay on Why You Are Interested in Applying

Colleges always want to know why you are interested in attending their school. Unfortunately, students often mistake this as a call to repeat what they have read in the college brochure. Colleges really want to hear what the student is passionate about and how the school fits into those desires. Below is a sample essay from a successful applicant who was able to describe her own goals and aspirations in order to show how the college was the ideal place for her:

Performing is the one thing I never tire of, and seeing others perform is like settling into a second home. I always look forward to diving headfirst into a new play or learning a new song and, quite often, it is the one thing that will get me out of bed in the morning after a long week.

Northwestern University’s Music Theater Certificate Program is outstanding and hardly rivaled in its comprehensiveness and intensity. What is most exciting is a student’s ability to participate in many shows throughout the year, from Main Stage extravaganzas to small student-directed plays to the lively Children's Theatre Tour. Combining the voice and opera program with the theater program assures that a Musical Theater student would be able to participate in a wide array of performance activities, from Shakespeare to Sondheim. In my ambitious theater fantasies, I’m playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and belting out D’s, and next Vivie in Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Northwestern’s program encourages students to explore every facet of theater, promoting the importance of being not only knowledgeable, but also exceptionally competent in every aspect as well.

As someone who has been dancing since before she could pronounce en pointe, I know how important it is to experience a wide range of dance classes, and I feel a surge of excitement at the idea of taking courses that range from modern to tap to ballet. Such a wide spectrum is present in the acting curriculum, as well, with classes spanning from Shakespeare to Modern Drama.

What is also thrilling is that, because this is not a conservatory, I would also have the ability to explore my other passion, psychology. My interest in psychology was piqued in middle school, as I wondered how the brain could be powerful enough to orchestrate the functions of the entire body. But what came to intrigue me more was discovering what happens when the brain does not work perfectly. I can list the treatments and drugs used in asylums during almost any century. My friends find it terribly bizarre, but I someday hope to thrive in courses on clinical psychology and psychopathology.

At Northwestern, I would strive to become even more multifaceted and knowledgeable. In very few places can one encounter a program that focuses on all these facets, from singing to Shakespeare to psychosis. I can imagine myself thriving at Northwestern, knee-deep in coursework and loving every minute of it.

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