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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


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



2020-2021 Common Application Freshman Essays Stay The Same January 28, 2020. The Common Application announced it will keep the same freshman prompts for next year. https://www.commonapp.org/blog/2020-2021-common-app-essay-prompts 1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If […]

2020-2021 Common Application Freshman Essays Stay The Same


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Favorite #Fall2020 New Prompt #6- #CornellCollege Cornell College is one of a select few colleges which offer one course at a time–a dream come true for many students. Their #Fall2020 supplemental essay pushes applicants to personalize this opportunity: “When you are studying One Course At A Time, you may be […]

Favorite #Fall2020 New Prompt #6- #CornellCollege


USC always has great quick takes–short,really short questions. Two new ones this year: Which well-known person or fictional character would be your ideal roommate? If you could teach a class on any topic, what would it be? Applicants can share how cool they are in their responses. All College Application […]

Favorite Fall 2020 New Prompt #3-USC Quick Takes



Fall 2020 University of Colorado Boulder Writing Supplement (required, 250–650 words): In addition to the Common Application essay, you are required to submit a CU Boulder writing supplement. At the University of Colorado Boulder, no two Buffs are alike. We value difference and support equity and inclusion of all students […]

2020 CU Boulder Releases New Prompt


2018 University of Notre Dame and Other Updates The University of Notre Dame released its 2018 writing supplement for both the Common and Coalition applications. In addition to one required response, applicants must answers two out of four additional short responses.  Two of these prompts include: For whom are you […]

2018 University of Notre Dame, Tufts and Other Updates


2018 Virgina Tech Essays We are busy adding new 2018 essays as they are released. Virginia Tech released its essays. Students have the option to respond to eight prompts. They can answer one, two or three of the prompts, and the recommended word length is 300 words. These essays are […]

2018 Virginia Tech Essays



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 ...