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New Fall 2021 Writing Prompts Many colleges are kindly releasing their Fall 2021 prompts, including Tufts and the University of Miami (which added a supplemental prompt for the first time). We are updating our website daily and prepping up for IECA and August 1. The University of Miami’s new 250 […]

New Fall 2021 Writing Prompts


Georgia Tech released its 2021 essay requirements. It will no longer require the Common Application main essay. Students will respond to two prompts (50 to 300 words): Essay Prompt 1 Why do you want to study your chosen major specifically at Georgia Tech? Essay Prompt 2 All applicants must choose […]

Georgia Tech’s 2021 Essay Requirements


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The University of Chicago released its 2020-2021 essays as did many other colleges, including Brown University, Georgetown University, Providence College, the University of Georgia, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC), University of Texas, Austin, University of Virginia (UVA), Villanova University, and Wake Forest. We are updating them all on […]

2020-2021 Essay Updates



From the University of California AdmissionsJune 10, 2020 “We’ve made some changes to the UC undergraduate admissions application for Fall 2021. Here’s what to expect : Name – Applicants will be able to provide their preferred or lived name. A preferred name is the name an applicant wishes to be […]

Fall 2021 UC Application Updates


UVA Release Fall 2021 Prompts Thank you to UVA for getting ahead of the curve and releasing its 2020-2021 essays. They split Arts and Sciences and Engineering into two separate questions and replaced one of their other prompts. We are tracking all college application essays requirements. We are grateful to […]

UVA Releases Fall 2021 Prompts


June Updates-Many More Colleges Go Test Optional We are rapidly updating our site and tracking major test optional shifts. Here are some examples from the As and Bs. A big shout out goes to FairTest at fairest.org. Check out our website for more. www.allcollegeessays.org Amherst is now test optional for the […]

June Updates-Many More Test Optional Colleges



Happy May Day Updates As many seniors finalize their college choice today, juniors are gearing up for next year in the Covid-19 world. We are busy updating our site with test-optional updates and other college application news. A seismic announcement occurred when The University of Southern California went test-optional for […]

Happy May Day Updates


Earth Day Updates We are updating our site with all Covid-19 updates as we learn them, and there are so many. Many colleges are postponing testing for a year, two years, three years, or permanently. Some have clear waivers, while others have many caveats. We are tracking them all. Cornell […]

Earth Day Updates


Tracking Test Changes We are tracking SAT/ACT test changes for next year and beyond. Some schools are going test optional for a year, two years, three years, or permanently. Check our intro page for the summary updates and then go to the college’s individual page for more details.

Tracking Test Changes



Boston University Goes Test Optional For Next Year Boston University (BU) is going test-optional for one year–the 2020-2021 application year. On their website, they wrote, “over the past few weeks, our day-to-day lives have been turned upside down because of COVID-19. Given the extensive disruption to standardized test administrations and […]

Boston University Goes Test Optional For Next Year