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How to Write the Columbia Supplemental Essays (2021-2022)

Welcome to the Columbia supplemental essay prompts for the 2021-2022 college application cycle! Here’s everything you need to know to write the best supplemental essay possible. There’s no doubt that Columbia University is highly competitive. In last year’s college application cycle, Columbia University saw 60,548 applications for first-year students, about

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How To Write The Princeton Supplemental Essays (2021-2022)

Working on your Princeton supplemental essays? Whether you’re completing the “Your Voice” prompt or writing about an extracurricular activity, we’ve got you covered with tips to make your Princeton supplemental essays stand out. Welcome to the Princeton supplemental essays for the 2021-2022 application cycle! The Princeton writing supplement divides its

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What is the “Holistic Approach” in the College Admissions Process?

The holistic approach in college admissions refers to a variety of reading practices and context framing that allows admissions officers to admit a diverse pool of students. Since they cannot compare one student to another in order to fairly assess the competitiveness of their candidates, admissions officers think about how

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Meet an H&C Student: Ahmad Alsheikh (Harvard ‘24)

Photo credit: CNBC Ahmad is a first-year student at Harvard University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations. Originally from Aleppo, Syria, his family sought asylum in the U.S., which has been a source of inspiration for his academic concentration. On Harvard’s campus, he is active with the

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Changes to the Common App in 2021-2022

The Common Application (aka the “Common App”) streamlines applying to over 900 schools both in and outside of the U.S. and is the most popular platform for college applications in the country. While the process of filling out the application remains fundamentally the same year-to-year, there were some changes to

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When and How Should You Start Writing Your College Essay?

In our experience, students who struggle with the college essay often fall into two categories. In the first group are students who approach their essays as if they were writing a resume, trying to pack in every accomplishment they can claim since childhood. Let’s call them “listers.” The second kind

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Update on the 2020-2021 College Admissions Cycle

By this point, many colleges and universities have concluded their Regular Decision processes, notified applicants, and released their adjusted acceptance rates for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. For some elite universities, those acceptance rates plummeted to record lows, such as Harvard’s 3.4% and Yale’s 4.62%. This 2016 satirical piece in the

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COVID-19 and Your College Application

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended normal practices for colleges and universities around the world, and the admissions process is no exception, adding another layer of stress and uncertainty to an already daunting process. Recently, 70% of schools in the U.S. have become test optional, which means other factors are becoming

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Why Specificity Matters in College Essays

In the 2020-2021 admissions cycle, Harvard College received more than 57,000 applications: a record high and a 42 percent surge in applications compared to last year. With three essays included on the application, not including the optional open-ended essay, that means that admissions officers read at least 170,000 responses to

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Last-Minute College Application Checklist

The January 1st deadline is fast approaching! Use this checklist as you finalize your applications or ask our college admissions consultants for help. This first group of questions is meant to help you assess how well you have described yourself as an applicant that is both a fit and a

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