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Welcome to the Jungle

In college admissions, college application, college essay, common application, personal statement, university application information on August 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm

College Advising and Essay Development for the College Class of 2024, from Singapore to Palo Alto.

The College App Jungle is my blog devoted to the  world of college applications.  The pursuit of college admissions can seem increasingly Darwinian, but my hope is that this blog will provide you with the context and means to have a fulfilling and successful transition into college.   A clickable table of contents for a selection of popular topics can be found below.

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Links to Key Contents and Application Success:

The Secret of College Admissions:  How College Applications Are Evaluated

The Common Application

Common Application Essay Prompts for 2019-2020

Common Application Portal

(Warning:  do not set up your Common App account before it reopens on or about August 1–most of the Common App site will go offline at the end of July, and any data entered before they roll out this year’s portal on or around August 1st will be deleted.  Go ahead and write the essays on your favorite word processor, but don’t upload them until August.)

Stanford Essays–

Click here for: The Stanford Roommate Letter (Essay) for 2019-2020

Click here for: the Stanford Intellectual Curiosity essay–my first post on this for 2019-2020 is combined with the parallel essay prompt for Brown University.

Click here for: The Stanford Supplemental Essay Prompts (These have  been relatively unchanged for years and the 250-word supplemental essays will remain the same for 2020)

More on the Stanford Supplement Prompts

Yale, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Columbia–still waiting for them to confirm prompts for 2019-2020. Here are a couple of last year’s prompts–food for thought, but do not write them until they go live–

Yale for 2018-2019

U Penn for 2018-2019

University of Chicago

I have a soft spot for The University of Chicago Essay Prompts, because they are often so brazenly weird and even when they seem a little too-cute pretentious, they are interesting. Chicago requires two supplemental essays. 

Click to learn:

How to Write the Chicago Supplemental Essay One for 2019-2020 

How to Write the University of Chicago Essay Two (the interesting prompt) for 2019-2020

Chicago Prompts for 2018-2019, and The Chicago Application Essay Quote Prompts for 2018-2019. Or just click below for old prompts that you may still write about:

Some other topics of interest for Chicago and others:

Writing About Books- Part 2 (2011)

How to Persuade: The Rhetorical Situation

College Application Trends, Statistics and Advice

Ivy League Admissions Data for 2019-2020–See the most recent data available on admissions and how early applications impacts admissions chances

Advice on the College Application Rat Race

Researching And Selecting Colleges:  Go West, Young Person–an old post, but still so true, for those looking to get great bang for their tuition buck, particularly if you live in the Western United States.

College Application Success:  The Seven Rules–timeless advice on how the system works

The above is not a comprehensive list of posts but gives you a representative sample.  You may browse further using the Archive link.  

In the twenty years that I have been helping students navigate the application and essay process, the essay itself has become much more important. The reasons are clear. Over the last decade, we have seen increasing numbers of qualified high school students face decreasing numbers of seats available in our universities. Essays and supplementals are key to distinguishing your application from the 100,000 plus that will go to the top two UC’s this year, and the tens of thousands to each of the Ivy League schools.

The information available on this blog is for the free use of college applicants and essay writers.  Use it to help you get started before you send your work to me.  Topics range from general discussions about the craft of writing to specific discussion of college essay topics and the changing world of college applications. I also review trends in admissions and changes occurring in the world of academia.

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