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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


Common Application Member Pages or Writing Supplements When the 2014-2015 The Common Application is released this Friday, applicants will find supplemental essays in two potential places: the college’s Member Page or a separate Writing Supplement. The 2014-2015 Universal Application is exclusively using supplements. All College Application Essays will continue to […]

Member Pages or Writing Supplements


Tufts Class of 2019 Supplemental Essays When you visit the Common Application website to fill out and submit your application to Tufts, you’ll notice that the application includes a writing supplement. The Tufts writing supplement consists of three required short response questions. We’ve created this page to allow you to […]

Class of 2019 Tufts Supplemental Essays



By Rebecca Joseph Here is my latest blog from The Huffington Post.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-joseph/editing-college-application-essays_b_4105569.html Recently, I saw a private coach inside a Starbucks using a thesaurus to help a high school senior make a college application essay sound “more mature.” Another counselor encouraged one of my students to write about a […]

A Plea to Those Helping Students With College Application Essays: ...


University of Chicago, UNC, Georgia Tech, Roanoke, Columbia Change Deadlines With the new Common Application and its glitches, some schools are pushing back freshman early deadlines like they did for Hurricane Sandy. UNC and Georgia Tech have moved early action deadlines from October 15 to October 21. Roanoke has moved […]

University of Chicago, UNC, Georgia Tech, Roanoke, Columbia Change Deadlines


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Less Is Not More: 15 Tips for Using #CA4 Writing Supplements to Strengthen Your College Applications Embrace Writing Supplements. Most selective colleges using the Common Application have individual Writing Supplements. View these supplements as great offerings, as less is not more in the world of the competitive application process. Colleges that […]

Less Is Not More: 15 Tips for Using #CA4 Writing ...



2014 Indiana University and Arizona State Apps Are Up Indiana University releases first mandatory essay. Yeah.  All freshman applicants are required to submit a brief personal statement as part of the admission application. You will be asked to share any information about your background or experience that may not be […]

2014 Indiana University and Arizona State Apps Are Up