The Common Application


Back By Popular Demand: 2016-2017 Common Application Keeps Same Prompts and Now Rolls Over Juniors rest easy.  The Common Application is keeping the same prompts as last year. These prompts give you great options. You can even start working on the application now as all accounts will roll over except […]

2016-2017 Common Application Keeps Same Prompts and Now Rolls Over


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: ...


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2013-2014 Duke Writing Supplement   The Writing Supplement   All applicants must respond to the prompt: Please discuss one of your extracurricular activities that has required a particularly significant time commitment or that has played a meaningful role in your personal development. (Required, 150 words, Paste in) All applicants to the Pratt School […]

2013-2014 Duke Writing Supplement



2013-2014 USC Writing Supplement USC is using the smart functionality of the CA4. So some major applicants will have to check whether they have other essays to write. Many essays are now prat of the SlideRoom supplements that five of USC’s Schools Are Using (USC Roski School of Fine Arts; […]

2013-2014 USC Writing Supplement


2013-2014 Columbia Writing Supplement (will be posted on Common App in mid-August) From Columbia Admissions Website: In addition to the Common Application, applicants are asked to respond to Columbia-specific questions to tell the Admissions Committee more about their academic, extracurricular and intellectual interests. We review the responses to these questions […]

2013-2014 Columbia University Writing Supplement


2013-2014 Cornell Writing Supplement From the Cornell Admissions Blog. http://blogs.cornell.edu/admissions/2013/07/19/cornell-university-common-application-essay-questions/ The 2014 Common Application will be live on Thursday, August 1. The Cornell Essays and Questions section of the application will ask you to complete the essay question for the specific college/school you are applying to. If you are utilizing the primary/alternate […]

2013-2014 Cornell Writing Supplement



2013-2014 Babson Writing Supplement From the Babson admissions website (http://blogs.babson.edu/undergraduate/2013/07/19/tours-essays-and-popsicles/) “…this seems to be the week of  schools posting their essay topics (Google College Essay topics 2013-2014) and we at Babson are no different. This year we changed our essay prompt, thanks to suggestions via Facebook from the incoming first year class. […]

2013-2014 Babson Writing Supplement


2013-2014 Stanford Writing Supplement  1. Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (Required, 150 word limit, Paste in text box) 2. Please respond to the following seven inquiries so we can get to know you better. Do not feel compelled to use complete sentences.  1. Name your favorite […]

2013-2014 Stanford Writing Supplement


Writing Your Essay: GREAT ADVICE FROM BATES COLLEGE http://www.bates.edu/admission/apply/tips-for-a-great-application/writing-the-essay/ “What’s the purpose of this essay? We (BATES COLLEGE) place a premium on strong writing skills. We look for a mastery of the writing’s mechanics (grammar, syntax, and organization) as well as for fluency and originality. Your essay shows us the […]

Great ESSAYS according to Bates College



2013-2014 Tufts Writing Supplement Class of 2018 Thanks to Tufts for updating its supplemental essays. Three of the essays are new and all give great chances for students to share unique new stories and essays. http://admissions.tufts.edu/apply/essay-questions/ Here what Tufts has to say: “When you visit the Common Application website to […]

2013-2014 Tufts Writing Supplement