More Colleges Extending Early Application Deadlines

If you're in Hurricane Sandy's projected path, stay safe.

As we prepare for Hurricane Sandy to cross our path, more colleges are extending their early application deadlines in an attempt to soften the storm's impact. Here is a list of schools that have either formally changed their early deadlines or stated that they will be flexible with their existing deadlines:

Boston University
Columbia University
Duke University
George Mason University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tufts University
University of Chicago
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
University of Vermont
Villanova University
Yale University

Be prepared so that even if your college does not extend its early deadline, you still submit on time. We've always believed that a problem well organized is a problem half solved, which is why we give students all their essay questions from the very start. Create your free account now so you don't encounter any surprises at the last minute.


Yale's Common App Supplement for the 2012-2013 Season is Live

Yale just released its Common App supplement for the 2012-2013 application season -- finally! We wanted to highlight that it changed a couple of its short-take responses from last year.

Last year the options were as follows:
A) What would you do with a free afternoon tomorrow?
B) Recall a compliment you received that you especially value. What was it? From whom did it come?
C) If you could witness one moment in history, what would it be and why?
D) What do you wish you were better at being or doing?
E) If you were choosing students to form a Yale class, what question would you ask here that we have not?

This year options B and E were changed to the following:
A) What would you do with a free afternoon tomorrow?
B) What is the best piece of advice you have received in the last three years?
C) If you could witness one moment in history, what would it be and why?
D) What do you wish you were better at being or doing?
E) What is something about which you have changed your mind in the last three years?

Please keep in mind that prior to this morning we had the following text listed under Yale on College Essay Organizer:

Questions #2, #3, and #5 will be re-confirmed when they are officially released for the 2012/2013 season.

This is our way of telling members that we will double-check the questions once the official supplement goes live; some colleges pre-release their essay questions over the summer though we know from experience that sometimes there are subtle or even significant changes when the actual apps go live. Know that College Essay Organizer is constantly checking and re-checking colleges' applications for you to ensure that everything is completely accurate.

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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 25th. Expect this list to continue to grow each week.

  1. Agnes Scott College
  2. Albright College
  3. Alfred University
  4. Allegheny College
  5. Alma College
  6. American University
  7. American University of Paris
  8. American University of Rome
  9. Amherst College
  10. Arcadia University
  11. Arizona State University
  12. Auburn University
  13. Augustana College
  14. Austin College
  15. Babson College
  16. Baldwin-Wallace College
  17. Bard College at Simon's Rock
  18. Barnard College
  19. Barry University
  20. Bates College
  21. Baylor University
  22. Belmont University
  23. Beloit College
  24. Benedict College
  25. Bennington College
  26. Bentley University
  27. Berea College
  28. Berklee College of Music
  29. Berry College
  30. Birmingham-Southern College
  31. Bloomfield College
  32. Boise State University
  33. Boston University
  34. Bowdoin College
  35. Bowling Green State University
  36. Bradley University
  37. Brevard College
  38. Brigham Young University-Provo
  39. Brown University
  40. Bryant University
  41. Bryn Mawr College
  42. Bucknell University
  43. Butler University
  44. Cabrini College
  45. California College of the Arts
  46. California Institute of Technology
  47. California Lutheran University
  48. California State University-Bakersfield
  49. California State University-East Bay
  50. California State University-Fullerton
  51. California State University-Long Beach
  52. California State University-Monterey Bay
  53. Calvin College
  54. Campbell University
  55. Carleton College
  56. Carnegie Mellon University
  57. Carroll University
  58. Catholic University of America
  59. Cedar Crest College
  60. Centenary College of Louisiana
  61. Centre College
  62. Chatham University
  63. Christendom College
  64. Christian Brothers University in TN
  65. Claremont McKenna College
  66. Clark Atlanta University
  67. Clarkson University
  68. Clemson University
  69. Coe College
  70. Colgate University
  71. College of Idaho
  72. College of New Jersey
  73. College of St. Benedict
  74. College of the Atlantics
  75. College of the Holy Cross
  76. College of the Ozarks
  77. College of Wooster
  78. Colorado College
  79. Colorado Mesa University
  80. Colorado School of Mines
  81. Columbia College Chicago
  82. Columbia University
  83. Connecticut College
  84. Cornell University
  85. Creighton University
  86. Daemen College
  87. Dartmouth College
  88. Davidson College
  89. Delaware State University
  90. Denison University
  91. DePauw University
  92. Drake University
  93. Drexel University
  94. Duke University
  95. Duquesne University
  96. Earlham College
  97. Eastern Mennonite University
  98. Elmira College
  99. Elon University
  100. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott
  101. Emory and Henry College
  102. Emory University
  103. Erskine College
  104. Eugene Lang College
  105. Fairfield University
  106. Fisher College (MA)
  107. Fisk University
  108. Flagler College
  109. Florida Atlantic University
  110. Florida Institute of Technology
  111. Florida International University
  112. Florida Southern College
  113. Florida State University
  114. Fordham University
  115. Franklin and Marshall College
  116. Franklin Pierce University
  117. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  118. Fresno Pacific University
  119. Furman University
  120. Gannon University
  121. George Fox University
  122. Georgetown College
  123. Georgetown University
  124. Georgia College and State University
  125. Georgia Institute of Technology
  126. Georgia Southern University
  127. Gonzaga University
  128. Gordon College
  129. Goshen College
  130. Goucher College
  131. Green Mountain College
  132. Grinnell College
  133. Guilford College
  134. Hamilton College
  135. Hampshire College
  136. Hampton University
  137. Hanover College
  138. Harvard College
  139. Hastings College
  140. Hendrix College
  141. High Point University
  142. Hillsdale College
  143. Hiram College
  144. Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  145. Hollins University
  146. Hood College
  147. Illinois Institute of Technology
  148. Indiana University
  149. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  150. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
  151. Indiana Wesleyan University
  152. Iowa State University
  153. Jacksonville University
  154. John Carroll University
  155. Kansas State University
  156. Keene State College
  157. Kenyon College
  158. Knox College
  159. La Salle University
  160. Lake Forest College
  161. Lees-McRae College
  162. Lehigh University
  163. Lenoir-Rhyne University
  164. Lesley College
  165. Linfield College
  166. Longwood University
  167. Louisiana State University
  168. Louisiana Tech University
  169. Loyola Marymount University
  170. Loyola University Maryland
  171. Loyola University New Orleans
  172. Lynchburg College
  173. Lyon College
  174. Macalester College
  175. Macaulay Honors
  176. Maine College of Art
  177. Marlboro College
  178. Marquette University
  179. Marshall University
  180. Marymount Manhattan College
  181. Marymount University (VA)
  182. Maryville College
  183. Marywood University
  184. Massachusetts College of Art & Design
  185. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  186. McDaniel College
  187. Menlo College
  188. Mercyhurst College
  189. Methodist University
  190. Miami University (OH)
  191. Michigan Technological University
  192. Middlebury College
  193. Mills College
  194. Millsaps College
  195. Misericordia University
  196. Mississippi College
  197. Missouri University of Science and Technology
  198. Monmouth College
  199. Monmouth University
  200. Moravian College
  201. Morgan State University
  202. Mount Union College
  203. Murray State University
  204. Muskingum College
  205. Nebraska Wesleyan University
  206. New College of Florida
  207. New England College
  208. New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
  209. Newbury College
  210. Norfolk State University
  211. Northeastern University
  212. Northern Arizona University
  213. Northland College
  214. Northwestern University
  215. Nova Southeastern University
  216. Oberlin College
  217. Occidental College
  218. Ohio Northern University
  219. Ohio State University-Columbus
  220. Oklahoma State University
  221. Otterbein University
  222. Pacific Union College
  223. Palm Beach Atlantic University
  224. Paul Smith's College
  225. Pepperdine University
  226. Piedmont College
  227. Pitzer College
  228. Pomona College
  229. Post University
  230. Prescott College
  231. Princeton University
  232. Principia College
  233. Purdue University-West Lafayette
  234. Quinnipiac University
  235. Ramapo College of New Jersey
  236. Randolph College
  237. Randolph-Macon College
  238. Reed College
  239. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  240. Rhodes College
  241. Rice University
  242. Ripon College
  243. Roanoke College
  244. Rochester Institute of Technology
  245. Roger WIlliams University
  246. Roosevelt University
  247. Rosemont College
  248. Sacred Heart University
  249. Saint Joseph's College of Maine
  250. Saint Joseph's University
  251. Saint Louis University
  252. Saint Mary's College (CA)
  253. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  254. Saint Michael's College
  255. Saint Vincent College
  256. Salisbury University
  257. San Francisco State University
  258. Sarah Lawrence College
  259. Scripps College
  260. Seattle University
  261. Sewanee: The University of the South
  262. Shenandoah University
  263. Skidmore College
  264. Smith College
  265. South Carolina State University
  266. South Dakota State University
  267. Southern Methodist University
  268. Southern New Hampshire University
  269. Southwestern University
  270. Spelman College
  271. Springfield College
  272. St. Edward's University
  273. St. John's College (MD)
  274. St. John's College (NM)
  275. St. Lawrence University
  276. St. Mary's College of Maryland
  277. St. Mary's University of San Antonio
  278. St. Olaf College
  279. Stanford University
  280. State University of New York-College at Brockport
  281. State University of New York-University at Buffalo
  282. State University of New York at Albany
  283. State University of New York at Buffalo State College
  284. State University of New York at Cortland
  285. State University of New York at Fredonia
  286. State University of New York at Geneseo
  287. State University of New York at New Paltz
  288. State University of New York at Old Westbury
  289. State University of New York at Oswego
  290. State University of New York at Plattsburgh
  291. State University of New York at Potsdam
  292. Stephens College
  293. Sterling College
  294. Stevens Institute of Technology
  295. Suffolk University
  296. Susquehanna University
  297. Swarthmore College
  298. Sweet Briar College
  299. Syracuse University
  300. Temple University
  301. Texas A&M University-College Station
  302. Texas A&M University-Galveston
  303. Texas Christian University
  304. Texas State University
  305. Texas Tech University
  306. The University of New England
  307. Touro College
  308. Trinity College (CT)
  309. Trinity University
  310. Truman State University
  311. Tufts University
  312. Tusculum College
  313. Tuskegee University
  314. Union College
  315. United States Air Force Academy
  316. United States Merchant Marine Academy
  317. University of Alabama
  318. University of Alabama-Huntsville
  319. University of Arizona
  320. University of Bridgeport
  321. University of California-Berkeley
  322. University of California-Davis
  323. University of California-Irvine
  324. University of California-Los Angeles
  325. University of California-Merced
  326. University of California-Riverside
  327. University of California-San Diego
  328. University of California-Santa Barbara
  329. University of California-Santa Cruz
  330. University of Central Florida
  331. University of Chicago
  332. University of Cincinnati
  333. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  334. University of Colorado-Boulder
  335. University of Connecticut
  336. University of Dayton
  337. University of Denver
  338. University of Evansville
  339. University of Findlay
  340. University of Florida
  341. University of Georgia
  342. University of Great Falls
  343. University of Idaho
  344. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  345. University of Iowa
  346. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  347. University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  348. University of Maryland-College Park
  349. University of Miami
  350. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  351. University of Minnesota-Morris
  352. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  353. University of Mississippi
  354. University of Missouri-Columbia
  355. University of Missouri-Kansas city
  356. University of Montana
  357. University of Montevallo
  358. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  359. University of New Hampshire
  360. University of New Hampshire at Manchester
  361. University of North Carolina-Asheville
  362. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  363. University of North Dakota
  364. University of North Texas
  365. University of Northern Colorado
  366. University of Notre Dame
  367. University of Oklahoma
  368. University of Oregon
  369. University of Pittsburgh
  370. University of Redlands
  371. University of Rhode Island
  372. University of Richmond
  373. University of San Diego
  374. University of San Francisco
  375. University of Scranton
  376. University of South Dakota
  377. University of Southern California
  378. University of Southern Maine
  379. University of Southern Mississippi
  380. University of St. Thomas
  381. University of Tampa
  382. University of Tennessee
  383. University of Texas-Austin
  384. University of Texas-El Paso
  385. University of Tulsa
  386. University of Utah
  387. University of Vermont
  388. University of Victoria
  389. University of Virginia
  390. University of Washington-Seattle
  391. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  392. University of Wyoming
  393. Ursinus College
  394. Utah State University
  395. Utica College
  396. Valdosta State University
  397. Valparaiso University
  398. Vanderbilt University
  399. Vassar College
  400. Villanova University
  401. Virginia Tech
  402. Wagner College
  403. Wake Forest University
  404. Warren Wilson College
  405. Washington and Jefferson College
  406. Washington and Lee University
  407. Washington College
  408. Washington University in St. Louis
  409. Webb Institute
  410. Wells College
  411. Wesleyan College
  412. Wesleyan University
  413. West Virginia University
  414. Western Michigan University
  415. Westminster College (MO)
  416. Westminster College (PA)
  417. Westminster College of Salt Lake City
  418. Westmont College
  419. Wheaton College
  420. Wheaton College (IL)
  421. Wheelock College (MA)
  422. Whittier College
  423. Wilkes University
  424. Willamette University
  425. Winona State University (MN)
  426. Wofford College
  427. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  428. Wright State University
  429. Xavier University (OH)
  430. York College of Pennsylvania

Ways of Diversifying Your Applications

Gotta diversify... And mix it up... Like a... British Jamaican DJ.

As we've written about before, the cost of diversifying your set of schools is minimal when compared to the potential reward you have in store for an acceptance at a school above your safe range.

Being accepted at a school on the high end of where you're aiming is a big deal in terms of the academic experience you'll have, the success your peers will have after graduation, and the professional expectations you'll have, both in salary and breadth of opportunity.

So how do you expand that list of schools without wasting your time?

Focus on the core priorities you have for your university experience. Selectivity, reputation and ranking, class size, location, setting, etc. Once you've made those decisions, find ways to broaden your selections, and the odds of landing a position will increase.

If you're going to be applying to, say, Cornell, Drexel, Boston College, and UConn, stretch out the list of top schools to three or four, and your chances of winding up at a school like Cornell, even if it's not exactly Cornell - say, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, or Yale - are going to increase.

Remember, there are many reasons you can be denied admission to a school, many of which are outside of your control, such as your demographic, geographic location, or high school's history with the university. Broaden your selection and you'll improve the chances.

CEO is here to compliment the other tools at your disposal and make the many applications, and the legwork that goes along with it, that much easier.

Washington Post: Applicants Apply to Many, Many, Many Schools

Washington Post. Get it? A post? Me neither.

Washington Post. Get it? A post? In Washington? I guess? You have no idea how long we spent looking for an image to put here.

This terrific article over at the Washington Post describes in detail the process that CEO simplifies every day. Top applicants, facing ever-increasing odds against their getting into top schools, diversify their applications and increase the chance they'll land an acceptance from a school at or above their academic level.

Sounds like a plan, right? And why not? There are plenty of horror stories to be had in that article. Perfect SATs. Top grades. Conservatory-level piano skills. A deferral.

But what the Post doesn't address here is that if the process is being made easier and top schools are becoming ever-more selective, what's the downside to applying to more schools?

There isn't one, except for the cost of the applications, which is far outweighed by the potential reward of ending up at a school that brings you up academically, and eventually, professionally and financially.

Take a look at the last line from the article: "I'm feeling it was really smart of me to apply to so many," she said, "because now I have enough options." Speaks for itself.

And with CEO, you can get this work done before that rerun of Seinfeld comes on.

Keep your eye on the ball and you'll see that tools already at your fingertips like CEO make this task easier than ever, often at a very low cost.