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commonappCommon Application Announces 68 New Members for 2015-2016

The Common Application will now include the following colleges. We will update our website and app with their exact requirements when the Common App is released.

Bath Spa University   England
Becker College MA
Brenau University GA
Capital University OH
Clark Atlanta University GA
Columbia College MO
Columbia College Hollywood CA
Coppin State University MD
Framingham State University MA
Hilbert College NY
Holy Names University CA
Houghton College NY
Jacksonville University FL
Johnson & Wales University-Charlotte NC
Johnson & Wales University-Denver CO
Johnson & Wales University-North Miami FL
Johnson & Wales University – Providence RI
Lourdes University OH Maine
Maritime Academy ME
Malone University OH
Maryland Institute College of Art MD
Marymount California University CA
McKendree University IL
Mercy College NY
Millersville University PA
Millikin University IL
Mitchell College CT
Monmouth College (IL) IL
Newcastle University
New Jersey City University NJ
Northumbria University
Nova Southeastern University FL
Ohio Northern University OH
Old Dominion University VA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts PA
Piedmont College GA
Point Loma Nazarene University CA
Queens University of Charlotte NC
Robert Morris University (PA) PA
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College IN
Spring Arbor University MI
St. John’s University (NY) NY
St Mary’s University – London
SUNY Alfred State College NY
SUNY Cobleskill NY
SUNY College of Technology at Canton NY
SUNY Farmingdale State College NY
SUNY Morrisville State College NY
Texas Lutheran University TX
Truman State University MO
Tulane University LA
Underwood International College, Yonsei University South Korea
University of British Columbia – Faculty of Applied Sciences Canada
University of Glasgow Scotland
University of Idaho ID
University of Indianapolis IN
University of Limerick England
University of Maine at Fort Kent ME
University of Michigan – Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute China
University of Sheffield England
University of Southern Mississippi MS
University of St. Thomas (MN) MN
University of Toledo OH
Wayne State University MI
West Virginia University WV* (will not require essay or recommendations)
Wilberforce University OH
Wilkes University PA
Zaytuna College CA

all college essaysIECA Spring 2015 Presenter and Exhibitor

Baltimore native Dr. Rebecca Joseph will be presenting at Spring 2015 IECA on the amazing topic of “Rehabbing Your Image: Using College Essays To Strengthen Applications of Students Who Have Experienced Challenges.” She will be presenting with fellow IECA member Elizabeth Stone and U VA Associate Director of Admissions Valerieieca Gregory and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Educational Advisor and Former Stonehill and Northeastern Admissions Officer, Evan Read.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6• 3:00 – 4:15 P.M.

Dr. J, founder and creator, of All College Application Essays

Dr. J, founder and creator, of All College Application Essays

 

Dr.  Joseph is the the founder and creator of All College Application Essays. She will be exhibiting at IECA. Come visit us for info about her integrated mobile app and website. Enter for a free year and receive a free month at the All College Application Essays booth.

2015-2016 Common APP Essays Prompts and Commentary

By Rebecca Joseph

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The Common Application last week released its 2015-2016 freshman essay prompts. They include one entirely new prompt (prompt four) replacing the one about the place where you are perfectly content. They revised the first two prompts and kept two (essay three and five). The length of 250-650 words remains the same, and colleges can now make the essay optional. The Common Application also states that it will help kids identify all supplemental essays they need to write in a more streamlined way.

Here are the prompts with the new sections italicized next to last year’s prompts

2015-2016 Prompts 2013-2015 Prompts
Prompt One- Revised

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

 

Prompt One

Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

 

Prompt Two- Revised

The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success.Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

 

Prompt Two

 

Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure.  How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?

 

Prompt Three- Same

Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

Prompt Three

Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

 

Prompt Four- New

Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. 

Prompt Four

 

Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.  What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

 

Prompt Five- Same

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

 

Prompt Five

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

Commentary

Prompt 1. Thank goodness this prompt now includes talents and interests. It empowers students to tell any number of powerful stories about their passions. It changes “central” to “meaningful” freeing writers to tell a wide range of unique stories. It seems to me like a cool alternative to topic of your choice.

Prompt 2. I am glad that the new prompt starts with lessons from failure that lead to success as the former prompt led many students to stay mired in failures without discussing even more relevant successes. After all, colleges want to know who the applicants are now because of former failures.

Prompt 3. This prompt about challenging ideas or beliefs remains the same and always leads to fascinating essays. I always tell students that community service actions often challenge the status quo, and anyone who is the first in their families to go to college always challenge ideas and beliefs.

Prompt 4. This entirely new prompt is interesting and will now empower students to explore intellectual topics and other problems they solve in and out of classrooms. It does potentially overlap with prompt three as solving problems can often challenge beliefs or ideas.

Prompt 5. This prompt remains the same, and yet it’s the prompt that the fewest of the students I work with across all socio-economic, ethnic, and cultural groups tackle. Few teens view themselves as adults, and writing about bar-mitzvahs and quinceaneras does not usually lead to great essays. It takes more work to help a student see this prompt as relevant and to realize that many of their actions show how they are now “adults.”Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 6.10.02 PM

Final thoughts.

It’s a shame that the one explicitly happiness oriented prompt is gone because I witnessed amazing essays emerge from students grappling with what it means to be content in complex situations. But I can imagine that many of the essays that never had any dimension frustrated and even bored admissions officers.

I wonder why the multi-pronged application with such reach is now making the long essay optional. Writing the essay provides teens with an incredible opportunity to share unique stories that communicate what they can offer colleges. Colleges that make it optional may be trying to up application numbers while missing out on a key source of original data.

I do thank the Common Application for including a wide range of voices in their surveys and displaying more transparency in their non-profit work.

ONE MORE YEARcommonapp

Remember. The Common Application Essays Remain The Same for One More Year.

Instructions.  The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don’t feel obligated to do so. (The application won’t accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

  • Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  • Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
  • Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  • Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?
  • Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

The Powerful College Application #Selfie

See Dr. J’s newest Huffington Post blog about how college applicants need to show up more in their application essays.Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 8.38.46 PM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-joseph/the-powerful-college-application_b_6298218.html

Here is the first paragraph…

In this era of shameless teenage self-promotion through selfies, Instagram and Snapchat, it is remarkable how much difficulty many high school seniors experience in writing effective college application essays. For the past several months, I have mentored hundreds of high seniors throughout their college application preparation, especially in conceptualizing, writing and revising their college application essays. For the large majority of them, I have had to tell them: “You need to show up more in your essays.”

 

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We were busy crashing I’m First’s Office Hours yesterday with tips on college applications essays. We posted 30 tweets with our recommendations that link to several of our blogs and powerpoint presentations.

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All College Application Essays tracks all essays college applicants need to write. We put the prompts by college. We show you

1. Where the prompts are located. Member Questions Section or Separate Writing Supplement

2. What the actual prompts are along with their required lengths and submissions formats

3. Who the prompts are for: everyone, specific groups, or optional.

 

The Common Application did post a list of where applicants can find essays within the applications. But not their specific location in Member Questions.

Directions To Get Started:

We are so excited. Our All College Application Essays website and integrated mobile apps are up and running. Our updated Google app and Apple App, and the two are inter-connected, so you can use your log in information for both. NOTE: You can only purchase our service on our website–either on your computer or website. 

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2. Sign up for an account. It’s easy to do.  Just go to upper right hand corner of page and click on sign up. Your user name and password enable you to access the site on all portals–website and apps. (See picture below of sign up page).

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      1 Website on computer useres: then click on Packages on the dashboard and choose your package.

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4. To pay, the site will take you to Pay Pal, where you can use your account or just enter your credit card data as a guest user. It’s secure, and I never receive your account info. All accounts are good for one year from purchase price.

5. If you have a google phone or device, go to the store, and download it for free at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.accuretech.collage.app. You can set up your account from the app as well. If you have an iTunes account, you can download the app for free and update your current app. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/all-college-application-essays/id531030349?mt=8

6. To get started using the app, after downloading it, just use your same username and password. The two sites are in
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7. Former users of our app, will need to create a new account as we upgraded our services and are now working on a 12 months user contract. It takes so much labor to update each year that we believe the new payment system is only fair.

8. Remember, anyone who bought the app in July or August of 2014, just needs to send us proof, and we’ll send you a coupon for a free year. rjoseph@allcollegeessays.org

Make Your Stories Pop: 10 College Application Essay Guiding Questions

Working on the drafts of your personal statements for your college applications? The drafting process is critical and can help make your stories and messages clearer.  Please be willing to draft and re-write to make your essays stronger.

Here are 10 questions to help guide you through the editing process. I hope they can help make your stories pop on the page and help you get admitted to your match colleges and receive lots of scholarship money.

  1. Does your essay start with a story that hooks us in from the first paragraph?all college essays
  2. If you start in the past, do you get to the present very quickly? Colleges want to know about the recent you. Great essays can start more recently and weave in past events.
  3. Do you write only in the first person and not spend too much time describing anyone or anything else? Use my one-third-two-third rule. You may not spend more than 1/3 of the essay describing anything other than your own activities and goals.
  4. If you are writing about your community or family, do you get to the present and your life and life works quickly? Can this description only connect to you and your story of who are you and how you are making a difference?
  5. Do you only tell one story and not try to tell your entire life story?
  6. If you are writing about an obstacle or challenge overcome, do you get to how you have responded and made a difference in the life of your community by the second or third paragraph of the essay? Admissions officers want to know who are you and how you make an impact drawing upon your obstacles or challenges.
  7. Do you have a metaphor that goes through the entire piece…does this metaphor reveal who you are and what you offer to potential colleges? You can embed this metaphor throughout out your piece.
  8. Can I close my eyes and picture your story? Does it make you sound unique and not like anyone else applying? Can I see your leadership and initiative and the power of what you will offer a college campus?
  9. Do you tell new stories and qualities in each separate essay your write? Do you make sure to reveal powerful information and core messages that colleges will need to know to admit you and give you money to attend?
  10. Endings-Do you end with a bang? Do you make it clear by the end you have goals and aspirations that drive you. Your endings must be specific for some prompts like the University of California and University of Texas, but can be more oblique and implied in Common Application and many supplementary essays. Do you end leaving the reader with the desire to get to know you more, to see you on his or her campus, and to share your essay with someone else?

2014-2015 All College Application Essays AUGUST Essays Update

Can’t you believe it? We have already updated more than 700 colleges. There are still a few universities who haven’t posted their writing supplements or released their own applications or honors essays. Here are the Common and Universal Applications that haven’t released supplements as of August 25, 2015.

We hope to have our new web and app version out by September 1, 2014. It’s not easy dealing with developers that live overseas. So thanks for your patience.

Common Application Supplements Not Yet Out. You can tell we have updated an application with new deadlines and 2014-2015 at top of essay page.

Dr. J, founder and creator, of All College Application Essays

Dr. J, founder and creator, of All College Application Essays

  • American University–need to check in September for AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship for International Students:
  • Bard Early Start–check essays in September
  • Dominican University of California-updated all but Nursing Supp. not yet available
  • Emory University–Merit scholarship essays not yet updated on Emory website
  • Lake Erie College
  • Long Island University Brooklyn Campus
  • Mount St. Mary’s College-Los Angeles
  • Naropa University
  • Pine Manor College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rice University-2015 Rice/Baylor College of Medicine Applicants
  • Roger Williams University
  • Saint Francis University
  • Siena College- Supplement for Medical program not yet available
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • The George Washington University (Writing Supplement not yet available)
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Writing Supplement not available yet)

Universal Application Supplements Not Yet Available

  • Brandeis
  • Milwaukee
  • Rice
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