Common Application Prompts Remain Unchanged for the 2019-2020 Season

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2019-2020 Common App Essay Prompts

The Common Application has announced that the 2019-2020 essay prompts will remain the same as the 2018-2019 essay prompts. Based on extensive counselor feedback, the existing essay prompts provide great flexibility for applicants to tell their unique stories in their own voice. Retaining the essay prompts provides the added benefit of consistency for students, counselors, ...

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College Counselor Marin County | College Admission Deans Tell Students #WhyApply

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Why apply to college? Ideally, it is a question that every high school student will ask, but the reality is much different. For some, attending college is a foregone conclusion—their parents went to college, they have been in a college preparatory curriculum, their friends and neighbors are going to college, the financial resources are available—it is just what is expected.

These students often need to be reminded to pause, step off the high school hamster wheel, and examine ...

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College Planning Sonoma County | Law Should Tread Lightly On College Admissions

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Different institutions should be able to make different judgments — some favoring SAT scores, some favoring sports, some favoring public-service activities and some favoring alumni connections.

U.S. courts have long been reluctant to intervene in the admissions decisions of colleges and universities. In general, the law allows them to do whatever they want within this overarching framework:

A recent discrimination suit brought by Asian-Americans, accusing Harvard University of favoring other racial and ethnic groups at their expense, raises fresh questions about this ...

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The Coalition Application Essay Prompts to Remain the Same for 2018-19

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Good news!  Like the Common Application, the Coalition Application Essay Prompts will remain the same for the 2018-19 cycle.  Here they are:

http://www.coalitionforcollegeaccess.org/essays.html

Coalition Essays

You can start working on these essays at any time and save drafts in your Locker! While there is no perfect length for an essay, we recommend that you stay with 500 to 550 words. For more information on specific application requirements, please consult the website for each institution to which you are applying, as requirements often ...

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NEW Common Application ESSAY PROMPTS for 2017-2018!

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Breaking news, students!  The Common Application has made changes yet again to their essay prompt line up!  In addition to the five prompts from 2016-2017, they have added two more, for a total of seven.  The word count still remains at 650 for all.

These new prompts will give students more flexibility with their writing.  I especially like prompt number six.  I think it will afford students real creativity and give them more freedom to demonstrate how ...

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UC: Record Number of Applications

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The number of high school seniors applying for fall 2015 freshman admission to the University of California rose by 6.5 percent over last year, the eleventh consecutive year of record high number of applicants. The overall number of transfer applications to UC was up by 2.6 percent over the fall 2014 cycle. All in all, UC received a total of 193,873 applications for fall 2015.

California students are finding that, year after year, getting into their first choice UC is more ...

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The Number One Piece of Advice to Juniors from College-Bound Seniors

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Juniors, what’s the number one piece of advice from a college-bound senior?  Start the college selection and planning process early!!  The earlier, the better!

Not surprisingly, many juniors have a hard time accepting the fact that, in just 6 short months, they will be seniors, and subsequently, they will be applying to college.  This notion may feel a bit scary- after all, it involves a lot of change.  So, because kids love to procrastinate, they might put off serious college planning, ...

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The Power of Imagination

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I was fortunate enough to have been born into a family where going to college was a given, and this is something that I internalized from a young age.  The question was not whether or not I would go to college, but where and what I would study.

As college costs have risen and our public finances have become strained, even those families who are predisposed to send their children to college may feel ambivalent about taking on the financial obligations ...

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