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Colleges Without Supplemental Essays

When the Common Application came along with the premise of making the college application process easier than the many individual applications for each college, students and teachers rejoiced.

That was then….

NOW, most colleges seem to have 3 or 4 of their own supplemental essays in addition to what’s asked on the Common Application. Why? Because they DO want to know more about you such as why are you applying to their school and what has been your most meaningful activity in high school (a prior question on the old Common App).

Some schools however, are bucking the supplemental essay trend and relying only on the Common Application. Why? Well, maybe because they’d like a LOT more applicants so they can have a more qualified pool from which to select. With no supplemental essays students might thing, “SURE, I’ll just throw one in because it’s easy.”

Or, maybe colleges just want a lot more applicants so they can reject more and their acceptance rates will go down making them appear more prestigious. Perhaps they don’t have the manpower to handle them all or maybe they’re just trying to make your life as a student a smidge easier during a tumultuous and stressful time. Whatever the case may be there are many great schools that don’t require supplemental essays.

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If you are a senior, now is the time to get your college application essays done before senior year work ramps up.  It can be overwhelming because many schools have supplements that have students addressing upwards of seven random essays IN ADDITION to the essay on the Common Application.

Some students, especially those late to the admissions game, will inquire about schools that don’t require supplemental essays simply for sake of ease as they’re running out of time. Regardless of why YOU want to know which schools don’t require any extra essays, we’ve got you covered. See below sample schools that don’t require extra essays this year.

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SAMPLE UNIVERSITIES WITHOUT SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAYS

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Many colleges typically want more than what the Common App asks applicants and we definitely work with our students to craft a proactive approach to all those ‘extra’ essays. Whether your target list of schools requires supplemental essays or not, we’re here to help you share your voice, your vision and your true scholarly selves to the college admissions world.

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Computer Science Students: Check out Purdue

Purdue University, with an undergraduate enrollment of 29,497, is making news these days. They claim their grads have a “near 100% placement rate” when looking for jobs. If you are a computer science student, you may want to schedule your trip to their main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana this summer.

Purdue recently signed a five-year agreement with Microsoft to take part in an international quantum computing collaboration called “Station Q.” This association includes TU Delft (Netherlands), the Niels Bohr Institute (Denmark), University of Sydney (Australia), ETH Zurich (Switzerland) and the University of Maryland (U.S.).

Station Q will use scalable topological quantum computing to keep a system of interconnected quantum bits (qubits) stable enough for useful computation. Station Q’s interdisciplinary research team blends expertise in materials science, condensed matter physics, electrical engineering and computer architecture.

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What high school computer kid wouldn’t want to be on a campus where the implications of quantum computing at scale are incredible? Experts note that development of a quantum computer would be a quantum leap (no pun intended) in computing, even more so than from counting on our fingers to the super computers of today.

COMPUTER SCIENCE AT PURDUE

At Purdue, computer science kids can specialize in one or more areas, depending on their interests. Tracks for specialization include:

  • Computational science and engineering
  • Computer graphics and visualization
  • Database and information systems
  • Foundations of computer science
  • Machine intelligence
  • Programming language
  • Security
  • Software engineering
  • Systems programming

If you just dabble in computers but want to be part of this quantum revolution, then consider Purdue’s Bridge Program for accepted freshman. It’s a two week summer program for students with little or no programming experience. Covering 70% of a semester’s class in basic programming, Bridge helps you launch into freshman fall ready to take on the world. Well…. at least able to program a bit better.

Beginning with the 2018 enrolling class, Purdue has changed to Early Action/Regular Decision admission plans. The Early Action application deadline is November 1 (with notification on January 15) and the Regular Decision deadline is January 1 (with notification by March 15). November 1 is the priority deadline for computer science students to apply.

We LOVE nonbinding Early Action because you are not committed to the school (as with early decision) but you’ll hear back in December before you submit your Regular round applications. There’s no risk in applying to Purdue Early Action.

We’ve had students head to Purdue for high school summer programs and those who have attended just for the computer program. If you’re a rising senior seeking colleges to add to your application strategy this summer and computer science is your focus, Purdue’s Early Action round might be one to consider this November.

Are you attending Purdue’s well-known STEP Engineering Program this summer? Tell us in the comments below! We can’t wait to hear about the programming languages you’re going to develop!

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SENIORS –Colleges That Still Have Space

SENIORS: It’s not too late to apply to colleges. Some amazing schools are still accepting applications. We urge those students who are wait listed at their top choice school/schools or students who for whatever reason didn’t get their applications in on time to review this list of schools.

As of today, May 11th, 2017 the following colleges are still accepting applications: (and this is just a sampling)

Always check college admissions websites to confirm deadlines. Additional questions? Let us know!

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Class of 2021 Early Decision Notification Dates

*Updated Daily*

An open letter to the Class of 2021

Dear Class of 2021,

With early decision deadlines close to behind you and your regular apps ready to go (we hope) for the January 1 deadline, we invite you to CHILL for just a little bit. You’ve earned it. Always keep your grades up, of course, and no disciplinary issues but take a few minutes to exhale and relax.

With early results beginning to roll in during December, we realize this can be a stressful time of year for you if you let it be. Instead of making yourself insane with anxiety, attempt to embrace the crazy and enjoy the ride! After all, you will (thankfully) only experience undergrad admissions once so why not make the best of it? You’ve put the hard work in, now enjoy.

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In our attempt to help you relax, we’ve compiled a list of early notification release dates below. These change each year, but here’s what we know so far AND if you have info on other schools (OR we’re missing one) please post a comment:

Class of 2021 –Early Decision Notification Dates for 2016-2017:

  • Amherst College – December 15th
  • Babson College – ED: by mid-December; EA: by January 1st, 2017
  • Barnard College – December 13th in the ‘afternoon’
  • Bentley University – Late December
  • Boston College – EA by December 25th
  • Boston University – December 15th
  • Bowdoin College – EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February
  • Brandeis University – December 15th
  • Brown University – December 14th starting at 5pm
  • Bryn Mawr College – by December 15th
  • Bucknell University – EDI: December 14th; EDII: February 15th, 2017
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – Mid-December
  • Carleton College – December 15th
  • Carnegie Mellon University – December 15th
  • Case Western Reserve University – EA: ~ December 17th; EDI: ~ December 17th; EDII: ~ February 1st
  • Chapman University – EA: Mid-December (do not release an exact date)
  • Claremont McKenna College – EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
  • Colby College – EDI: mailed December 15th; EDII: mailed February 15th
  • Colgate University – EDI: Mailed mid-December; EDII: Applications must be submitted by January 15th. Decisions are made within 4 weeks of completion of the application.
  • Colorado College – Mid-December
  • Columbia University – December 12th starting at 5pm Central
  • Connecticut College – EDI: mid-December; EDII: mid-February
  • Cornell University – December 8th starting at 5pm
  • Dartmouth College – afternoon of December 14th
  • Davidson College – EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 1st
  • Duke University – December 14th
  • Emory University – EDI: by December 15th; EDII: by February 15th
  • Georgetown University – by December 15th
  • George Washington University – Mid-December
  • Georgia Tech – January 14th, 2017
  • Hamilton College – December 15th
  • Harvard University – December 13th
  • Harvey Mudd College – EDI: mailed December 15th; EDII: mailed February 15th
  • Haverford College – EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
  • Johns Hopkins University (JHU) – by December 16th
  • Kenyon College – EDI: mailed Mid-December; EDII: mailed first week of February
  • Lafayette College – EDI: by December 15th; EDII: February 15th
  • Lehigh University – EDI: by mid-December; EDII: by mid-February
  • Loyola Marymount University – ED: by mid-December; EA: mailed by late December
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – posting on December 15th
  • Middlebury College – EDI: Mid-December; EDII: Mid-February
  • New York University – EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
  • Northeastern University – ED: by December 15th; EA: by December 31st
  • Northwestern University – December 15th
  • Notre Dame – December 12th
  • Pomona College – EDI: by December 15th; EDII: by February 15th
  • Princeton University – December 15th
  • Rice University – by mid-December
  • RISD – mailed 2nd week of December
  • Saint Joseph’s University – December 25th
  • Santa Clara – Late December
  • Skidmore College – EDI: by mid-December; EDII: by February 15th
  • Smith College – December 13th
  • Stanford University –  December 9th starting at 3pm Pacific (see comments below)
  • Swarthmore College – by December 15th
  • Syracuse University – begins mid-December
  • The Catholic University of America – EA: by January 1st; ED: before January 1st
  • Tufts University – EDI: by mid-December; EDII: by mid-February
  • Tulane University – ED: by December 15th; EA: by December 20th
  • University of Chicago – EA/EDI: December 19th; EDII: mid-February
  • University of Miami – EDI: late December; EA: mid-January; EDII: mid-February
  • University of Michigan – EA: no later than December 24th
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – by end of January
  • University of Pennsylvania – December 9th starting at 3pm
  • University of Rochester – Mid-December
  • University of San Francisco – ED/EA: end of December
  • University of Virginia – no later than January 31st
  • Vanderbilt University – EDI: December 15th; EDII: February 15th
  • Vassar – EDI: Mid-December; EDII: ~ February 1st
  • Villanova University – posted on-line by late December
  • Wake Forest University – ED: Rolling; EDII: ~ February 1st
  • Washington & Lee – EDI: late-December; EDII: by February 1st
  • Washington University, St. Louis – Mid-December
  • Wellesley College – ED1: Mid-December; EDII: late February; Decision with Early Evaluation Option: late March
  • Wesleyan University – EDI: December 10th; EDII: Mid-February
  • Williams College – December 12th
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute – EAI: December 20th; EAII: February 10th
  • Yale University – December 15th

While it might seem the most difficult task to date, take a moment and just breathe. Inhale – Exhale – Inhale – Exhale –Repeat.

You’ve got this.

Always,

Top Tier Admissions

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Early Decision Deadlines – The Time Is NOW

SENIORS and parents of seniors, it’s that time of year! Early decision deadlines are looming and finally, all of your effort and editing, angst and anxiety can be put to rest AS LONG as you crafted and adhered to your plan for leveraging the early rounds!

Acceptance rates are significantly higher in the early round so don’t miss the chance to up your odds by applying NOW.

THE TIME IS NOW

  • If you are NOT waiting for scores, submit your apps this week, if you haven’t already.
  • If you ARE waiting for scores, have all your ED/EA applications loaded into the Common App and ready to go, add scores the 27th and submit!

Early Application Deadlines for Some Top Colleges:

Amherst College

ED: Nov. 15, 2016

Babson College

ED and EA: Nov. 1, 2016

Barnard College

ED: Nov. 1, 2016

Bentley University

ED: Nov. 15, 2016

Boston College

EA: Nov. 1, 2016

Boston University

EDI: Nov. 15, 2016; EDII: Jan. 3, 2017

Brown University

ED: Nov. 1, 2016

Bryn Mawr College

EDI: submit or postmark by Nov. 15, 2016; EDII: submit or postmark by Jan. 1, 2017

Bucknell

EDI: Nov. 15, 2016; EDII: Jan. 15, 2017

CalTech

EA: Nov. 1, 2016

Carnegie Mellon University

ED: Nov. 1, 2016; EA (juniors) Jan. 1, 2017

Claremont McKenna

EDI: Nov. 1, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

Colby College

EDI: Nov. 15, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

Colgate University

EDI: Nov. 15, 2016; EDII: Jan. 15, 2017

Columbia University

ED: Nov. 1, 2016

Connecticut College

EDI: Nov. 15, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

Cornell University

ED: Nov. 1, 2016

Dartmouth College

ED: Nov. 1, 2016

Dickinson College

EDI: Nov. 15, 2016; EA: Dec. 1, 2016; EDII: Jan. 15, 2017

Duke University

ED: Nov. 1, 2016

Emerson College

EA: Nov. 1, 2016

Emory University

EDI: Nov. 1, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

Georgetown University

EA: Nov. 1, 2016

Harvard University

REA: Nov. 1, 2016

Harvey Mudd College

EDI: Nov. 15, 2016; EDII: Jan. 5, 2017

Haverford

EDI: Nov. 15, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

Johns Hopkins University

ED: Nov. 2, 2016

Middlebury College

EDI: Nov. 1, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

MIT

EA: Nov. 1, 2016

New York University

EDI: Nov. 1, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

Northwestern University

ED: Nov. 1, 2016

Pomona

EDI: Nov. 1, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

Princeton University

SCEA: Nov. 1, 2016, 11:59 p.m. applicant’s local time

Rice

ED: Nov. 1, 2016

Stanford University

REA: Nov. 1, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

Swarthmore

ED: Nov. 15, 2016

Tufts University

EDI: Nov. 1, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

Tulane University

EA: Nov. 15, 2016; ED: Nov. 1, 2016

University of Chicago

EA/EDI: Nov. 1, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017 *11:59 p.m. applicant’s local time

University of Michigan

EA: Nov. 1, 2016

UNC Chapel Hill *extended due to Hurricane Matthew

EA: Oct. 23, 2016

University of Pennsylvania

ED: Nov. 1, 2016

University of South Carolina *extended due to Hurricane Matthew

EA: Oct. 23, 2016

University of Virginia

EA: Nov. 1, 2016

Vanderbilt University

EDI: Nov. 1, 2016; EDII: Jan. 1, 2017

Villanova University

EA: Nov. 1, 2016

Washington U. St. Louis

ED: Nov. 15, 2016

Yale University

SCEA: Nov. 1, 2016

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SO CLOSE… EARLY DECISION II

You’re so close… but it’s not yet time to rest on your laurels. Be sure to finalize your Early Decision II or Regular essays and have them ready. We can help you with your application and your essays immediately via our Common App 911 and Essay Guidance packages! Don’t miss the opportunity to leverage yourself, your essays and your application for the ever-important early rounds.

TAKE CONTROL

It is your responsibility to ensure every piece of your application has been submitted INCLUDING what your high school is supposed to submit. Your school won’t get deferred because a document was missing, YOU will. CHECK the specifics for your early round colleges and make SURE your high school has submitted their pieces and you’ve sent ACT, SAT, Subject Tests (you don’t need to send official AP scores).  Stay on top of the administrative piece behind your applications to increase your odds of staying on top of the Early Decision admit pile at your top choice school.