Early Applicant Notification Dates Extended

While most schools are continuing to stick with mid-December as a notification date for early applicants, some schools such as New York University and Princeton have a delayed notification date of December 18, giving them a bit of extra time to make up for Hurricane Sandy-induced extended early application due dates. This late announcement gives procrastinating students even less time to turn around their other applications by the January 1 deadline if they're not accepted early. Definitely be one of those students who doesn't wait till the last minute, but is prepared to face the worst-case scenario in advance.

Complete List of Colleges with Extended Deadlines

A great resource for up-to-date news in the college admissions world

Colleges continue to be flexible with their early and priority deadlines, and a few sites are keeping track of these schools. Please see this list from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) for a complete compilation of schools to date, including a link to each school's site and contact information.

Continue to check in with any colleges not on the list that you may be applying to in order to be sure that deadlines haven't changed, and do your best to meet earlier deadlines so you will have a few extra days in case of any unexpected events.

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

Here is a list of colleges that have been updated through August 31 in College Essay Organizer for the 2012/2013 application season. Expect many more updates throughout the weekend and into next week.

  1. Abilene Christian University
  2. Academy of Art University
  3. Adams State College
  4. Agnes Scott College
  5. Alaska Pacific University
  6. Albany College of Pharmacy of Union University
  7. Albion College
  8. Albright College
  9. Alfred University
  10. Allegheny College
  11. Alma College
  12. American University
  13. American University of Paris
  14. American University of Rome
  15. Amherst College
  16. Arizona State University
  17. Art Center College of Design
  18. Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
  19. Auburn University
  20. Augsburg College
  21. Augustana College
  22. Austin College
  23. Babson College
  24. Baldwin-Wallace College
  25. Bar-ilan university
  26. Bard College
  27. Barnard College
  28. Barry University
  29. Bates College
  30. Beacon College
  31. Becker College
  32. Bellarmine University
  33. Belmont Abbey College
  34. Belmont University
  35. Beloit College
  36. Bemidji State University
  37. Benedict College
  38. Bennington College
  39. Bentley University
  40. Berea College
  41. Berry College
  42. Birmingham-Southern College
  43. Boise State University
  44. Boston College
  45. Boston Conservatory
  46. Boston University
  47. Bowdoin College
  48. Bowling Green State University
  49. Bradley University
  50. Brandeis University
  51. Brevard College
  52. Brooks Instiute
  53. Brown University
  54. Bryant University
  55. Bryn Mawr College
  56. Bucknell University
  57. Butler University
  58. Cabrini College
  59. California Institute of Technology
  60. California Lutheran University
  61. California Maritime Academy
  62. California Polytechnic State University-Pomona
  63. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
  64. California State University-Bakersfield
  65. California State University-Channel Islands
  66. California State University-Chico
  67. California State University-East Bay
  68. California State University-Fullerton
  69. California State University-Long Beach
  70. California State University-Los Angeles
  71. California State University-Monterey Bay
  72. California State University-Northridge
  73. California State University-Sacramento
  74. California State University-San Marcos
  75. Calvin College
  76. Campbell University
  77. Canisius College
  78. Capital University
  79. Carleton College
  80. Carnegie Mellon University
  81. Carroll College
  82. Carroll University
  83. Carthage College
  84. Case Western Reserve University
  85. Castelton State College
  86. Catawba College
  87. Catholic University of America
  88. Cazenovia College
  89. Cedar Crest College
  90. Centenary College of Louisiana
  91. Central Washington University
  92. Centre College
  93. Chaminade University of Honolulu
  94. Champlain College
  95. Chapman University
  96. Chatham University
  97. Christendom College
  98. Christian Brothers University in TN
  99. Christopher Newport University
  100. Citadel, The
  101. Claremont McKenna College
  102. Clark University
  103. Clemson University
  104. Cleveland Institute of Art
  105. Coastal Carolina University
  106. Coe College
  107. Colby College
  108. Colby-Sawyer College
  109. Colgate University
  110. College of Charleston
  111. College of Idaho
  112. College of New Jersey
  113. College of New Rochelle
  114. College of St. Benedict
  115. College of St. Rose (NY)
  116. College of the Atlantic
  117. College of the Holy Cross
  118. College of the Ozarks
  119. Colorado College
  120. Colorado Mesa University
  121. Colorado School of Mines
  122. Colorado State University
  123. Columbia College Chicago
  124. Columbia College Hollywood
  125. Columbia University
  126. Columbus State University
  127. Concordia College
  128. Concordia University
  129. Concordia University-Austin
  130. Connecticut College
  131. Cornell College
  132. Cornell University
  133. Cornish College of the Arts
  134. Covenant College
  135. Creighton University
  136. Curry College
  137. Daemen College
  138. Dartmouth College
  139. Davidson College
  140. Dean College
  141. Deep Springs College
  142. Delaware State University
  143. Denison University
  144. DePaul University
  145. DePauw University
  146. DeSales University
  147. Dickinson College
  148. Dominican College
  149. Dominican University of California
  150. Dowling College
  151. Drake University
  152. Drew University
  153. Drexel University
  154. Drury University
  155. Duke University
  156. Duquesne University
  157. Earlham College
  158. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
  159. Eastern Mennonite University
  160. Eastern Michigan University
  161. Eastern University
  162. Eckerd College
  163. Elizabethtown College
  164. Elmhurst College
  165. Elmira College
  166. Elon University
  167. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  168. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  169. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Campus
  170. Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  171. Emmanuel College
  172. Emory and Henry College
  173. Emory University
  174. Endicott College
  175. Erskine College
  176. Eugene Lang College
  177. Fairfield University
  178. Fairleigh Dickinson University
  179. Fashion Institute of Technology
  180. Fisher College (MA)
  181. Fisk University
  182. Fitchburg State University
  183. Flagler College
  184. Florida A&M University
  185. Florida Atlantic University
  186. Florida Institute of Technology
  187. Florida International University
  188. Florida Southern College
  189. Florida State University
  190. Fordham University
  191. Franklin and Marshall College
  192. Franklin Pierce University
  193. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  194. Fresno Pacific University
  195. Frostburg State University
  196. Furman University
  197. Gannon University
  198. George Mason University
  199. Georgetown College
  200. Georgetown University
  201. Georgia College and State University
  202. Georgia Institute of Technology
  203. Georgia State University
  204. Gettysburg College
  205. Gonzaga University
  206. Gordon College
  207. Goshen College
  208. Goucher College
  209. Green Mountain College
  210. Grinnell College
  211. Grove City College
  212. Guilford College
  213. Hamilton College
  214. Hampden-Sydney College
  215. Hampshire College
  216. Hampton University
  217. Hanover College
  218. Hardin-Simmons University
  219. Harding University
  220. Hartwick College
  221. Harvard College
  222. Harvey Mudd College
  223. Hastings College
  224. Haverford College
  225. Hendrix College
  226. High Point University
  227. Hillsdale College
  228. Hiram College
  229. Hofstra University
  230. Hollins University
  231. Hood College
  232. Hope College
  233. Howard University
  234. Hunter College of the City University of New York
  235. Idaho State University
  236. Illinois Institute of Technology
  237. Illinois Wesleyan University
  238. Indiana University
  239. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  240. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
  241. Indiana Wesleyan University
  242. Iowa State University
  243. James Madison University
  244. Johns Hopkins University
  245. Johnson and Wales University at Colorado
  246. Juniata College
  247. Kalamazoo College
  248. Kansas State University
  249. Keene State College
  250. Kent State University
  251. Kenyon College
  252. Kettering University
  253. King's College
  254. Knox College
  255. La Salle University
  256. Lafayette College
  257. Lake Erie College
  258. Lake Forest College
  259. Lasell College
  260. Le Moyne College
  261. Lebanon Valley College
  262. Lees-McRae College
  263. Lehigh University
  264. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  265. Lesley College
  266. Lewis & Clark College
  267. Lipscomb University
  268. Longwood University
  269. Louisiana State University
  270. Louisiana Tech University
  271. Louisianna State University-Shreveport
  272. Loyola Marymount University
  273. Loyola University Chicago
  274. Loyola University New Orleans
  275. Luther College
  276. Lycoming College
  277. Lynchburg College
  278. Lynn University
  279. Lyon College
  280. Macalester College
  281. Macaulay Honors
  282. Maharishi University of Management
  283. Maine College of Art
  284. Manhattan College
  285. Manhattanville College
  286. Marietta College
  287. Marlboro College
  288. Marquette University
  289. Marymount Manhattan College
  290. Marymount University (VA)
  291. Maryville College
  292. Maryville University of St. Louis
  293. Marywood University
  294. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  295. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  296. McDaniel College
  297. McKendree University
  298. Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York
  299. Menlo College
  300. Mercer University
  301. Mercy College
  302. Mercyhurst College
  303. Meredith College
  304. Miami University (OH)
  305. Michigan State University
  306. Michigan Technological University
  307. MidAmerica Nazarene University
  308. Middle Tennessee State University
  309. Middlebury College
  310. Mills College
  311. Millsaps College
  312. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  313. Misericordia University
  314. Mississippi College
  315. Mississippi State University
  316. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  317. Mitchell College
  318. Monmouth College
  319. Montana State University-Bozeman
  320. Montserrat College of Art
  321. Moravian College
  322. Morehouse College
  323. Morgan State University
  324. Mount Saint Mary College
  325. Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles
  326. Mount St. Mary's University
  327. Muhlenberg College
  328. Murray State University
  329. Muskingum College
  330. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  331. New College of Florida
  332. New England College
  333. New Jersey Institute of Technology
  334. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  335. New Mexico State University
  336. New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
  337. New York University
  338. Newbury College
  339. Niagara University
  340. Norfolk State University
  341. North Central College
  342. North Georgia College & State University
  343. Northeastern University
  344. Northern Arizona University
  345. Northland College
  346. Northwestern University
  347. Norwich University
  348. Notre Dame de Namur University
  349. Nova Southeastern University
  350. Oberlin College
  351. Occidental College
  352. Oglethorpe University
  353. Ohio Northern University
  354. Ohio State University-Columbus
  355. Ohio Wesleyan University
  356. Oklahoma City University
  357. Oklahoma State University
  358. Oregon Institute of Technology
  359. Otis College of Art and Design
  360. Otterbein University
  361. Pace University
  362. Pacific Northwest College of Art
  363. Pacific Union College
  364. Pacific University Oregon
  365. Palm Beach Atlantic University
  366. Paul Smith's College
  367. Pepperdine University
  368. Philadelphia University
  369. Piedmont College
  370. Pine Manor College
  371. Pitzer College
  372. Plymouth State University
  373. Point Park University
  374. Polytechnic Institute of NYU
  375. Pomona College
  376. Portland State University
  377. Post University
  378. Pratt Institute
  379. Presbyterian College
  380. Prescott College
  381. Providence College
  382. Purdue University-West Lafayette
  383. Queen's University
  384. Queens College of the City University of New York
  385. Queens University of Charlotte
  386. Quinnipiac University
  387. Ramapo College of New Jersey
  388. Randolph College
  389. Randolph-Macon College
  390. Reed College
  391. Regis College
  392. Regis University
  393. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  394. Rhode Island College
  395. Rhodes College
  396. Rice University
  397. Richard Stockton College of NJ
  398. Rider University
  399. Ringling College of Art & Design
  400. Ripon College
  401. Roanoke College
  402. Rochester Institute of Technology
  403. Rockland Community College
  404. Rollins College
  405. Roosevelt University
  406. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  407. Rosemont College
  408. Sacred Heart University
  409. Saint Anselm College
  410. Saint Francis University
  411. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  412. Saint Joseph's University
  413. Saint Leo University
  414. Saint Louis University
  415. Saint Martin's University
  416. Saint Mary's College (CA)
  417. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  418. Saint Michael's College
  419. Saint Peter's College
  420. Saint Vincent College
  421. Salisbury University
  422. Sam Houston State University
  423. Samford University
  424. San Diego State University
  425. San Francisco State University
  426. San Jose City College
  427. Santa Clara University
  428. Santa Fe Community College
  429. Santa Fe University of Art and Design
  430. Sarah Lawrence College
  431. School of the Museum of Fine Arts
  432. Scripps College
  433. Seattle Pacific University
  434. Seattle University
  435. Seton Hill University
  436. Sewanee: The University of the South
  437. Shepherd University
  438. Shorter University
  439. Shreiner University
  440. Siena College
  441. Simmons College
  442. Skidmore College
  443. Smith College
  444. South Carolina State University
  445. South Dakota State University
  446. Southern Illinois University--Edwardsville
  447. Southern Methodist University
  448. Southern New Hampshire University
  449. Southern University at New Orleans
  450. Southwest Baptist University
  451. Southwestern University
  452. Spelman College
  453. Spring Hill College
  454. Springfield College
  455. St. Bonaventure University
  456. St. Catherine University
  457. St. Edward's University
  458. St. John's College (MD)
  459. St. John's College (NM)
  460. St. Lawrence University
  461. St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  462. St. Mary's College
  463. St. Mary's College of Maryland
  464. St. Mary's University of San Antonio
  465. St. Olaf College
  466. St. Petersburg College
  467. St. Thomas Aquinas College
  468. Stanford University
  469. State University of New York at Albany
  470. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
  471. State University of New York at Cortland
  472. State University of New York at Fredonia
  473. State University of New York at Geneseo
  474. State University of New York at New Paltz
  475. State University of New York at Old Westbury
  476. State University of New York at Oneonta
  477. State University of New York at Oswego
  478. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  479. State University of New York at Stony Brook
  480. State University of New York-College at Brockport
  481. State University of New York-University at Buffalo
  482. Stephen F. Austin State University
  483. Stephens College
  484. Sterling College
  485. Stevens Institute of Technology
  486. Stevenson University
  487. Suffolk University
  488. Susquehanna University
  489. Swarthmore College
  490. Sweet Briar College
  491. Syracuse University
  492. Temple University
  493. Texas A&M University-College Station
  494. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
  495. Texas A&M University-Galveston
  496. Texas Christian University
  497. Texas State University
  498. Texas Tech University
  499. Texas Woman's University
  500. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles
  501. The Art Institute of California-San Francisco
  502. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  503. Thomas Aquinas College
  504. Thomas College
  505. Tiffin University
  506. Touro College
  507. Towson University
  508. Transylvania University
  509. Trine University
  510. Trinity College (CT)
  511. Trinity University
  512. Troy University
  513. Truman State University
  514. Tufts University
  515. Tulane University
  516. Tusculum College
  517. Tuskegee University
  518. United States Air Force Academy
  519. United States Merchant Marine Academy
  520. United States Military Academy
  521. United States Naval Academy
  522. Unity College
  523. University of Akron
  524. University of Alabama
  525. University of Alabama-Birmingham
  526. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  527. University of Alaska-Southeast
  528. University of Arizona
  529. University of Arkansas
  530. University of Bridgeport
  531. University of California-Berkeley
  532. University of California-Davis
  533. University of California-Irvine
  534. University of California-Los Angeles
  535. University of California-Merced
  536. University of California-Riverside
  537. University of California-San Diego
  538. University of California-Santa Barbara
  539. University of California-Santa Cruz
  540. University of Central Florida
  541. University of Chicago
  542. University of Cincinnati
  543. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  544. University of Colorado-Boulder
  545. University of Connecticut
  546. University of Dallas
  547. University of Dayton
  548. University of Delaware
  549. University of Denver
  550. University of Evansville
  551. University of Findlay
  552. University of Florida
  553. University of Georgia
  554. University of Great Falls
  555. University of Hartford
  556. University of Hawaii-Manoa
  557. University of Idaho
  558. University of Illinois-Chicago
  559. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  560. University of Indianapolis
  561. University of Iowa
  562. University of Jerusalem
  563. University of Kentucky
  564. University of La Verne
  565. University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  566. University of Louisville
  567. University of Maine-Orono
  568. University of Mary
  569. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  570. University of Mary Washington
  571. University of Maryland-College Park
  572. University of Maryland-University College
  573. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
  574. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  575. University of Massachusetts-Boston
  576. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  577. University of Memphis
  578. University of Miami
  579. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  580. University of Minnesota-Duluth (MN)
  581. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  582. University of Mississippi
  583. University of Missouri-Columbia
  584. University of Missouri-Kansas city
  585. University of Montana
  586. University of Montevallo
  587. University of Nebraska-Omaha
  588. University of New England
  589. University of New Hampshire
  590. University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  591. University of New Haven
  592. University of New Mexico
  593. University of New Orleans
  594. University of North Carolina-Asheville
  595. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  596. University of North Carolina-Charlotte
  597. University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  598. University of North Dakota
  599. University of North Florida
  600. University of North Texas
  601. University of Northern Colorado
  602. University of Notre Dame
  603. University of Oklahoma
  604. University of Oregon
  605. University of Pennsylvania
  606. University of Pittsburgh
  607. University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
  608. University of Portland
  609. University of Puget Sound
  610. University of Redlands
  611. University of Rhode Island
  612. University of Richmond
  613. University of Rochester
  614. University of San Diego
  615. University of San Francisco
  616. University of Saskatchewan
  617. University of Scranton
  618. University of South Carolina-Columbia
  619. University of South Dakota
  620. University of South Florida
  621. University of Southern California
  622. University of Southern Maine
  623. University of Southern Mississippi
  624. University of St. Thomas
  625. University of Tampa
  626. University of Texas-Arlington
  627. University of Texas-Austin
  628. University of Texas-El Paso
  629. University of Texas-San Antonio
  630. University of the Pacific
  631. University of the Sciences
  632. University of Tulsa
  633. University of Vermont
  634. University of Victoria
  635. University of Virginia
  636. University of Western Ontario
  637. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  638. University of Wyoming
  639. Ursinus College
  640. Utah State University
  641. Utica College
  642. Valdosta State University
  643. Valparaiso University
  644. Vanderbilt University
  645. Vanguard University of Southern California
  646. Vassar College
  647. Villanova University
  648. Virginia Wesleyan College
  649. Wabash College
  650. Wagner College
  651. Wake Forest University
  652. Warren Wilson College
  653. Wartburg College
  654. Washington and Jefferson College
  655. Washington and Lee University
  656. Washington College
  657. Washington University in St. Louis
  658. Webb Institute
  659. Weber State University
  660. Wellesley College
  661. Wells College
  662. Wentworth Institute of Technology
  663. Wentworth Military Academy and College
  664. Wesley College (Delaware)
  665. Wesleyan College
  666. Wesleyan University
  667. West Chester University of Pennsylvania
  668. West Virginia University
  669. Western Carolina University
  670. Western Michigan University
  671. Western New England University
  672. Western Oregon University
  673. Western State College of Colorado
  674. Westminster College (MO)
  675. Westminster College (PA)
  676. Westminster College of Salt Lake City
  677. Westmont College
  678. Wheaton College
  679. Wheaton College (IL)
  680. Wheelock College (MA)
  681. Whitman College
  682. Whittier College
  683. Whitworth University
  684. Widener University
  685. Wilkes University
  686. Willamette University
  687. William Jewell College
  688. Williams College
  689. Wingate University
  690. Winona State University (MN)
  691. Winthrop University
  692. Wittenberg University
  693. Wofford College
  694. Woodbury University
  695. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  696. Worcester State College
  697. Wright State University
  698. Xavier University (OH)
  699. Xavier University of Louisiana
  700. Yale University
  701. Yeshiva University
  702. York College of Pennsylvania
  703. York College of the City University of New York

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.

Early Admission Application Rates for 2012

Harvard reinstated its early admission program this year.

As many of you know, the early admission deadlines for schools recently passed. For those of you anxiously waiting till December 15th when most results are posted, you can check out this chart of early admission application counts for top schools as well as last year’s early admission rates, published by The New York Times Choice Blog. You may notice a decrease in a few of the most selective schools due to this year's reinstatement of Early Admission programs at Harvard and Princeton.

Early Decision vs. Regular Decision Acceptance Rates

As students are narrowing down their list of colleges, and trying to come up with their top choices, it’s important to keep in mind the significance of applying early. Here are some statistics for popular schools which clearly show the benefits of being proactive with applying to your dream colleges.

College or University Early Admissions (2011) Overall Acceptance (2010)
Amherst College 36% 15%
Brown University 23% 9%
Columbia University 20% 9%
Harvard College 22% 7%
Princeton University 26% 8%
Tufts University 32% 24%
University of Pennsylvania 26% 14%
Williams College 40% 19%
Yale University 14% 7%

Students Have More Options When Applying to College Next Year

Having more options is a good thing as long as you plan ahead.

Harvard and Princeton recently disclosed that they are reinstating their early-admissions programs for next year, giving students a few more options in the fall when applying to college. While Harvard and Princeton attempted to attract a more diverse applicant pool by doing away with early-admission programs, it turned out in fact to have the opposite effect. With economic pressures continuing to mount, many students want to find out their options as early as possible, and to compare financial aid packages whenever possible.

No matter whether you are planning to apply early decision to one college or early action to a few, make sure to plan out your whole list and to have your essays ready to go. With significant increases in applications to top schools, and a high percentage of those applications coming in early, competition for early-admission programs is even more fierce, leaving many scrambling to get their regular decision applications in on time after getting rejected or deferred ED.

College Essay Organizer can help you to organize everything in advance, so you know what to expect early in the game and don’t wind up slammed if you find out in December that you didn’t get into your top choice. Just so you get an idea of just how many essays you could be left to write in a lurch, check out our FREE Essay RoadMap preview.