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Common Application Essay Prompts for 2017-2018

February 09, 2017
Written by Taylor

The Common Application recently announced their essay prompts for next year, some of which are the same as this year's and some of which are brand new. If you're a rising senior, it's not too early to start thinking about how you might approach this important essay, so we're sharing the 2017-2018 prompts below, along with notes as to whether they're revised or completely new.

The Difference Between ED1 and ED2 in College Admissions

October 08, 2015
Written by Taylor

When you start looking into the college application process, you'll encounter a lot of abbreviations, ED1 and ED2 among them. These two abbreviations, which stand for Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2, are a fairly recent development in college admissions, but they are really just a new form of previously existing Early Decision programs.

How Important Are My SAT or ACT Scores?

July 16, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

Students often ask me how important their SAT or ACT scores are for colleges. Many students also want to know whether they can still get into a highly competitive school if they have low SAT or ACT scores, or whether they are guaranteed admission if they have top scores. These are all good questions.

A Quick Note about College Application Essays

April 12, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

When do college application essays matter? When you are on the cusp of being admitted. Other than that, at many schools, your essays simply aren’t read. 

Upcoming Changes to the Common Application

April 10, 2013
Written by Rachel B. Rubin

The Common Application, a free online undergraduate application used by over 400 colleges and universities, has recently been revised!