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2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts The Common Application just released its 2017-2018 essay prompts. Rather than five, there are now seven prompts. The new prompts deal with imagination, fascination, and freedom of choice. They also revised three of the current prompts to push for more expression and kept two alone. Below […]

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts


College Application Essay Guides
Working on the drafts of college application essays? 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 […]

Can I Picture You?: 10 College Application Essay Guiding ...


Getting to Know You: Using College Specific Writing Questions and Supplements to Bolster Your Application Embrace Additional Writing Requirements. Most selective colleges using the Common Application have individual Member Questions and/or Writing Supplements. Colleges that have supplemental essays really want to learn more about you– from you. So give them what they want. Great […]

Getting to Know You: Using College Specific Writing Questions and ...



We made it through the entire Common Application. Phew. Below we list all colleges that are not yet updated. We also list the Coalition Schools that are out. Also we list two schools that closed this year. 2016-2017 Common App Schools Not Yet Available American University in Bulgaria (AUBG) Bath […]

September 28 ACAE Updates


We Added The Coalition on Access, Affordability, and Success The Coalition is moving forward with more than 90 colleges, many of whom are public universities with stand alone application systems. In April the Coalition will open for high schoolers, and this summer it will open for seniors to submit their […]

We Added The Coalition on Access, Affordability, and Success


Fall 2016 2015-2016 University of Chicago Writing Supplement Thank goodness the University of Chicago relishes college application essays. Tuesday, June 2, 2015, they released their 2015-2016 prompts for Fall 2016 applicants. Here’s the text of its email announcing the prompts. Check our website and app for other updates as they […]

Fall 2016 University of Chicago Uncommon Writing Supplement Prompts



2015-2016 Common APP Essays Prompts and Commentary By Rebecca Joseph The News 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 […]

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. 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 […]

The Powerful College Application #Selfie




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 […]

2014-2015 August 26 All College Application Essays Update