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Notre Dame’s Supplemental Essays Give a Nod to University’s 175 Year Anniversary

The University of Notre Dame accepts applications through both the Common App and the Coalition App.  In addition to the Common App or Coalition App essay, Notre Dame requires applicants to write three short supplemental essays.  The first supplemental essays asks:
What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out […]

Why Union College (in 150 words or less)

This year’s supplemental essay question for Union College asks simply:
“What inspired you to apply to Union?”  
The catch? Your essay cannot exceed 150 words.  
If you are applying for fall 2018 admission to Union College and want guidance on packing a punch in your short essay response, contact 

Georgia Tech’s Advice to First-Year Applicants: “Don’t Blow Off the Essay!”

Georgia Tech has announced its 2018 Essay Supplements.  The university is seeking short responses to two essay questions, and each of your essay responses must grab the attention of admissions.  For help answering the Georgia Tech supplements, contact

The essay prompts are:

Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia […]

Nailing the UNC 2018 Essay Supplements can be your Ticket to Admission and Merit Scholarships

http://UNC Essay SupplementsUNC requires students to answer two out of four essay prompts.  Responses should be between 200-250 words each.

UNC uses the essay responses to make first-year admissions decisions but also used to determine whether a student will receive merit-based scholarships.

 The four prompts are:

Tell us about a peer who has made a difference in […]

Colgate’s Essay Supplement: Getting it Right, in 250 Words or Less

Colgate University’s Regular Decision application deadline (January 15, 2017) is fast approaching.  Colgate accepts applications through the Common App and the Coalition App, and requires only one short, 250-word supplemental essay.  The essay prompts are:

The Mission Statement for Colgate University sets forth 13 Goals for a Colgate Education. One goal for Colgate students is […]

Do you have your heart set on one particular college?

If you spend hours and weeks envisioning yourself at your “dream school” but an equal amount of time feeling anxious about the possibility of not getting in, then read on. It’s only natural for students to fall in love with a college or university. There are as many reasons to be drawn to a […]

Spring is a Great Time to….Get to Know Your Guidance Counselor

Some students already have a great relationship with their guidance counselors, while others have had minimal or no interaction with their counselors during their high school years.  If you fall into the second category, spring is a great time to change that and get to know your guidance counselor.

Admissions still require a recommendation letter […]

FAQs: Which Common App Essay Prompt is Right for Me? How Can I Juggle Everything During Junior Year?

As juniors begin thinking about the college application process, I thought I’d share some of the most common questions that I receive from students. I’ll roll out the questions and answers over the course of the next several weeks. If you wish to submit your own question, you can do so via Facebook, Twitter, […]

Campus Tours and Information Sessions: Why “Speed Dating” Doesn’t Work

As you start thinking about visiting schools over your upcoming spring break, remember that the months of March and April are among the most popular times for campus tours and information sessions. If you are a sophomore or a junior, start getting some dates on your calendar before slots fill up.

Visiting schools is […]

Set Your Sights on Summer

With summer less than six months away, students are turning their attention to securing spots in summer programs and institutes. First-time applicants may be surprised to learn that some of the more sought-after programs require essays or personal statements. Here are some examples:

Applicants to the Fundamentals, Summer College Courses, and Summer Honors […]