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COVID had a Big Impact on Early College Applications: What It Means for Next Year’s Application Season
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COVID had a Big Impact on Early College Applications: What It Means for Next Year’s Application Season

Well, that was awful. 2020 decided to end on-theme with a huge increase in rejections for early applicants.

Here's the chain of ev…

3 Easy Steps for Improving your Admissions Essay Draft
Applying to College

3 Easy Steps for Improving your Admissions Essay Draft


You've gone and got yourself a pumpkin. It wasn't easy, but you did it. Now if only you could wave a magic wand to turn it into a…

Check out the Essay of a Student Who Was Accepted Early Decision at NYU
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Check out the Essay of a Student Who Was Accepted Early Decision at NYU

As part of College Confidential's essay series, we're sharing personal essays from students who have already been accepted to col…

The Big Reveal from Harvard’s Admissions Lawsuit: Essays Really, Really Matter
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The Big Reveal from Harvard’s Admissions Lawsuit: Essays Really, Really Matter

Good news for anyone deferred Early Decision/Early Action: It turns out that Harvard gets enough applicants with perfect GPAs to …

The 3 Structures That Will Make Your UC PIQ Responses Shine
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The 3 Structures That Will Make Your UC PIQ Responses Shine

When it comes to the University of California's PIQ response structures, the way to shine is decidedly plug-and-play.

The experie…

How to Ace the UC Personal Insight Questions
Applying to College

How to Ace the UC Personal Insight Questions (PIQS)

UC says it wants you to "show us your personality."

Lies.

What they really want is to see if you've got what it take…

The 8 Biggest Essay-Writing Myths, And Why the Reality Is Much Better
Applying to College

The 8 Biggest Essay-Writing Myths, And Why the Reality Is Much Better

The biggest misconception out in College Essay-Writing Land is that college essays are complex, tricky undertakings you can only …

I Submitted the Wrong Essay on My Common App
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I Submitted the Wrong Essay on My Common App

I made a huge mistake and I am not sure what to do. I sent a supplemental essay that was meant for one school to another college.…
How to Structure College Essays That Succeed
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How to Structure College Essays That Succeed

Using an outline saves students at least one draft and leads to more compelling essays.

Prompt, a college essay coaching and feed…

How to Spend Less Time on a Much Better College Essay
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How to Spend Less Time on a Much Better College Essay

What's the point of a college essay? If you know what admissions officers are looking for, it's surprisingly easy to give it to t…

Tackling the College Essay “Of Your Choice”
Applying to College

Tackling the College Essay “Of Your Choice”

College-bound high school seniors, have you decided which application(s) you'll be using? There are a number from which to choose…

See the Essay That Helped This Student Get into Northeastern
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See the Essay That Helped This Student Get into Northeastern

As part of College Confidential's essay series, we're sharing personal essays from students who were admitted to college during a…

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