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The College Essay

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An admissions essay or college essay is written by a potential student as part of some university admissions processes in order to get to know more about the student than what forms can provide. The amount of importance that admission reviewers put on admissions essays can vary greatly. Some schools place little or no importance on the essay and others place the greatest amount of importance on the essay. Generally, liberal arts colleges place a greater importance on the essay than major universities but this is not always the case.

Essays

4 Standout College Application Essays on Work, Money and Class
New York Times  - May 12, 2017
Each year, we issue an open casting call for high school seniors who have dared to address money, work or social class in their college application essays. From the large pile that arrived this spring, these four ...
This Year’s College-Bound Essayists and Their ‘Beautiful Contradictions’
New York Times  - May 12, 2017
The innkeepers and the guests. The owners and the housekeepers. The urban and the rural. The studious and the watchers of cat videos. And finally (and memorably), Mac versus Dell....
If You’re A Parent Of A High School Junior, It’s Time To Start Nagging
Huffington Post - Apr 25, 2017
With the arrival of spring, many high school seniors now have an extra spring in their step as college acceptance letters arrive. As juniors prepare to rise, now is the time to begin crafting the perfect college essay. ....
3 ways high school juniors (and sophomores!) should be preparing for the college essay
College USA Today - Apr 25, 2017
Yes, there is such a thing as writing your college essay too early. For over a decade, my students (and their parents) have heard me deliver this refrain, and it remains true as it ever was....
College Application Essays: Just Start Writing
Gazettes - Apr 23, 2017
Straight-A students from some of the best high schools in the country become unhinged at the thought of crafting a 650-word essay in response to “Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?” ...
Let personality shine through in college essays
Omaha World-Herald - Apr 1, 2017
Google “college application essays” and more than 84,000 results pop up. From Harvard College blogs to Teen Vogue articles, high school and college students everywhere say writing an application essay . ...
Varsity Academics: Writing Better Essays For College Applications
University Herald - Apr 3, 2017
Have you ever heard of the Latin word "Magis"? It means more. It means doing more than just the bare minimum. With that in mind, Varsity Academics encourage students to discover their full potentials when it comes to writing college essays. . ...
“New and Improved” Common Application prompts for 2017-2018 just released
Tribune News Service  - Feb 14, 2017
Calling all juniors, high school class of 2018 and college graduates of 2022 – the college admissions process has officially begun. The Common Application, accepted by nearly 700 colleges across the country just released its 2017-2018 essay prompts......
Freedom Returns to Common Application Essays
Huffington Post  - Feb 11, 2017
Like tulip enthusiasts awaiting the verdict of Punxsutawney Phil, high school juniors get atwitter this time of year when the Common Application releases its essay prompts. And, like the predictions of the groundhog, the prompts typically mean little....
How to write the perfect college essay, according to a dean of admissions
Business Insider  - Feb 11, 2017
For high-school seniors across the nation, college admissions decisions are beginning to loom large. One of the biggest areas of stress is often the admissions essay....
The Most Important Part Of The College Application Process
Huffington Post - Dec 12, 2016
‘Tis the season! While that statement inevitably makes many people think of holiday lights, or dreidels and menorahs, and gift buying, for thousands of high school seniors and their parents, December is the advent of college application deadlines, and one of the most stressful times of their lives...
4 tips for writing a college application essay that really shines
Metro - Dec 12, 2016
“It’s the most dreaded piece of writing people do in their lifetimes,” says Robinson, a former journalist and English teacher who now coaches students. “There’s so much riding on it, but no one has taught students how to write this kind of essay.”...
Ten Last Minute Tips For Crushing The College Application Essay
Forbes - Dec 2, 2016
College application deadlines are creeping up on students like Marley’s ghost in A Christmas Carol, so I’ll keep this entry about application essays short and to the point, hoping they can avoid his fate (“I wear the chain I forged in life! I made it link by link and yard by yard!”)...
5 Fast Starts To A Great Essay
VOA News - Dec 6, 2016
The first paragraph of a college essay, or any essay, is usually the most challenging. It’s also the most important, because it will guide the structure and set the tone of the entire essay. In a traditional essay, the first paragraph often contains the thesis statement. This thesis statement is a one-sentence summary of the paper’s main argument....
5 common mistakes in college admission essays and how to avoid them
Tribune News Service - Nov 23, 2016
While college essays are not the most important part of your application, they can be a tipping factor. So you want yours to stand out for college admissions officers who have to slog through piles of student submissions...
Write A College Admission Essay That Will Get You Straight To Your Dream University
University Herald - Nov 23, 2016
mmet Rosenfeld is a high school teacher at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia who also works as a writing consultant who coaches high school seniors in crafting their admission essays. Today, Emmet shares key points to writing the admission essay that will get you to the college of your dreams...
How to conquer the dreaded college application essay
Washington Post - Nov 10, 2016
Six hundred fifty words to change your life. With only that much to work with, Scheherazade, the storytelling Arabian princess of “One Thousand and One Nights,” would have been done before 10 on the first night, even if she weighed each word as carefully as a high school senior t..
Don't Make These 10 College Essay Mistakes
TeenLife Blog - Nov 8, 2016
A key part of any college application is the college essay. Essays create much stress among students (and their parents) who want to craft the best possible application essay to make the best possible impression on admissions officers...
How to write the perfect college essay, according to a dean of admissions
Business Insider - Nov 3, 2016
For high-school seniors across the nation, college admissions deadlines are beginning to loom large. One of the biggest areas of stress is often the admissions essay. ..
Put the personal back in the college essay:
USA Today - Nov 1, 2016
November marks the start of application deadines for eager college students. Why did so many of them spend time and money having someone else help them create the perfect personal essay? Doesn't that defeat the very point? ..
Ready, set, write ... great college essays
Standard-Examiner - Oct 29, 2016
It's nearing the end of the year, and if you're a high school senior, that means it's time to start college applications -- if you haven't already. Most of the application is technical information and filling out forms ..
Don't Make These 10 College Essay Mistakes
TeenLife Blog  - Oct 18, 2016
A key part of any college application is the college essay. Essays create much stress among students (and their parents) who want to craft the best possible application essay to make the best possible impression on admissions officers.....
How to Craft the Perfect College Application Essay
Teen Vogue  - Oct 13, 2016
Early action applications are due in November. Admissions officials have been educating me on what they want and don’t want. Here are five underutilized ways to give yourself an advantage. ....
A college-entrance consultant with 19 years' experience describes the best essay she's ever read
Business Insider  - Oct 13, 2016
After 19 years in college admissions, college-entrance consultant Abby Siegel is a prolific reader of essays. When she talked to Business Insider last fall about the best admissions essay she'd ever read,....
Five underutilized ways to give yourself an advantage with your college essay
Washington Post  - Oct 10, 2016
Early action applications are due in November. Admissions officials have been educating me on what they want and don’t want. Here are five underutilized ways to give yourself an advantage. ....
5 ways to make your college application essay stand out
Cincinnati.com  - Oct 8, 2016
After helping students with literally thousands of essays over the last decade, I’ve noticed five clear truths that stand out among the rest when it comes to crafting an application piece. These ideas may seem obvious, but you would be surprised just how many people forget these simple steps because they are overthinking their application essays ....
Five ways to avoid that cringe-worthy essay
Tribune News Service  - Sep 29, 2016
You want your essay to be the one that is passed around the admissions office…. or not. It’s a little bit like the difference between being famous and infamous. We all know that a sincere, well-written essay that provides insights about how the student has matured, ....
College Admissions Expert Elizabeth Levine: College Essay Writing
Photo News Service  - Oct 2, 2016
How do I go about writing my college essay? Writing your college essay is one of the most difficult documents you will write in your lifetime. Why is this? So much is on the line. You are applying to college's that will define the next four years of your life....
‘The power of the college essay – no dying dogs
Tribune News Service  - Sep 23, 2016
My favorite college admissions adage is “A good essay can heal the sick, but can’t raise the dead.” That sums it up pretty succinctly – a strong, well-written essay has the power to move a teetering applicant into the “yes” pile ....
‘Tips for Brainstorming College Application Essay Topics
US News  - Sep 26, 2016
The fall semester is an exciting time. You have new classes to explore, teachers to meet and opportunities to pursue. But with that excitement comes the overwhelming list of college application tasks, which you must figure out how to prioritize alongside the rest of your high school commitments....
‘The Tricky Secret to Successful College Essays
TIME  - Sep 16, 2016
So you want your college essay to show admissions how amazing you are, but you don’t want to say, “Hey admissions—I’m amazing!”. Displaying your accomplishments without bravado is harder than most people think, especially in an assignment like the college application essay...
‘Why This School?’ Should Be The First Admissions Essay You Write
Huffington Post  - Sep 16, 2016
It is time to write your college admissions essays. You have spent some time thinking about your main essay, the one that will tell an admissions team your story and give them a sense of your character and interests....
Why the student college application essay is often ‘a con job’
Washington Post  - Sep 21, 2016
The best college admissions essays, it is often said, give admissions officers a glimpse into who the applicant is and what he/she values. Really now? (Not the ones written by the applicant’s parents. Not the ones in which students pretend to care about something they don’t.)...
Sure Signs of an Outsourced College Essay
Wall Street Journal  - Sep 16, 2016
Between now and Thanksgiving, high-school seniors face the daunting task of writing riveting, revelatory personal essays that will make college admissions officers look more favorably on their applications.....
The 3 types of essays: Good, Bad, Risky
Tribune News Service - Sep 2, 2016
Let’s start with “The Risky.” One of the favorite stories being passed around by admissions officers these days is a young man’s response to an open-ended essay prompt: “Ask yourself a question, and then answer it.” So here’s what one bold young man chose to write:....
3 College Essay Clichés You Should Avoid
Her Campus - Sep 7, 2016
The college essay. It’s the most daunting paper you’ll ever write in your high school career —and for good reason. This is your first personal introduction to colleges and it has the potential to make or break whether you receive that huge ‘Congratulations!’ envelope in the mail or not....
The extreme things parents do to help their kids discover “passion”—and write a killer college essay
Quartz - Aug 22, 2016
Once upon a time, summer vacation was a time for American high schoolers to relax, spend time with friends and family, or get a summer job to make some money.....
3 Big College Essay Taboos—and When to Break Them Anyway
TIME - Aug 25, 2016
So many people talk about rules as they relate to admissions essays: You should always do this. You can never do that. Personally, I hate rules. Well, I don’t hate them, really. I just don’t believe in absolutes for the admissions essay, especially regarding topic selection and creative execution. I believe more in a hearty set of guidelines that allow room for personal interpretation a....
What No One Will Tell You About the New Common App Essay Prompts
TIME - Aug 611, 2016
The 2016-17 Common Application platform went live last week, and in the ensuing weeks you will undoubtedly read a lot about the Common App’s personal essay. You will read about essays that worked and didn’t work. You will read about what each prompt means, which prompts are better than others, and what admissions officers are looking for in these 650-word representations of each applicant....
3 Steps To Writing a Winning College Essay
The College Solution - Aug 6, 2016
After working with thousands of students from all over the world on writing the dreaded college application essay for the last eight years, I’ve finally been able to boil down the process to three simple steps. Yes, just three steps.....
One way to write a great college admissions essay? Tell your story out loud.
Washington Post - Aug 4, 2016
Carol Barash even talks like she’s writing a college application essay: The day before her father died, she said, he told her that education was changing: No longer were there few collegiate options for women, for Jewish people, for poor families. “You could go anywhere,” he told her....
How to Answer the Common Application Essay for College Admissions
Huffington Post  - Jun 25, 2016
The Common Application has long been the hub for applications to U.S. colleges. Every year, more than half-a-million students seeking a place in the Ivy League and 600-plus other private and public colleges, log on to a portal that collects and distributes much of a student’s application materials....
College application essay has become a write of passage
Star Tribune  - Jun 28, 2016
Born and raised in Minnesota, Priya George wants to expand her worldview by attending college in another state. Heading into her senior year at Wayzata High School, the 17-year-old is preparing to apply to top-tier colleges, including Boston University and Duke....
Communication Conversation: Essaying the Admissions Essay
Ladue News  - Jun 23, 2016
In an increased effort to select students who fit well, college admissions essays lately have gained significance. Admissions counselors want to see and feel the challenges you have faced, as your learning experiences give them a glimpse of your potential.....
Getting In Episode 9C: Tips for Athletes, Summer Essay Writing, and Our Take on Test Prep
Slate - Podcast - June 2, 2016
The podcast answers listener questions about summer essay writing and test prep for college-bound students. ..
Warming Up to the Idea of Writing Your College Essays
Huffington Post - Jun 6, 2016
Just as in sports, where you warm up before actually playing, it’s a really good idea to “warm up” before sitting down to work on your college essays. By gradually preparing your mind and body for the more vigorous activity ahead ..
Good admissions essay may mean more financial aid
Huffington Post - Jun 7, 2016
Some colleges, especially private schools, require an essay as part of their admissions process for college freshmen. That essay may also help when it comes to paying for college, according to the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority..
How to Write the Best College Admissions Essay
TeenLife Blog - May 24, 2016
The college admissions essay is perhaps the most dreaded part of the college application process. The essay creates frustration for students, stress for parents, and an overall feeling of dread as the deadline for submission approaches. ..
Three ways to brag in your college essay and get away with it
DC Higher Education Examiner - May 20, 2016
You already know that your college admission essay is not the place to be shy, right? To stand out from the crowd, you'll need to highlight your unique qualities and strengths. ..
How to Approach College Admissions Essay
Huffington Post  - Apr 29, 2016
The college admissions process is getting more and more competitive each year. In order to apply to US colleges, students usually submit an application through the Common Application or a stand-alone system that some schools...
The secrets of a winning college application essay
MyCentralJersey  - Apr 14, 2016
The recent acceptance of a high school senior by five Ivy League schools as well as Stanford University went viral. But it wasn’t the student’s stellar grades, ...
College Application Essays Need Stories
Gazettes  - Mar 6, 2016
If there is something important you wish to get across on your college essay, then it’s best to say it in the form of a story, a narrative essay....
How to Write a Better College Essay
TIME  - Feb 25, 2016
University, along with the co-founder of WOW Writing Workshop, say that what makes a great college essay is the story that is told by the student. Using simple, everyday language,....
Pro/Con: Should college admissions accept video applications?
The Franklin News  - Feb 26, 2016
Pro: Basing the level of a student’s intelligence on how well they did on a test or a homework assignment is unfair. During my kindergarten through high-school years, I positively despised everything about prison – wait I mean school.....
Tips for writing the "why us?" supplemental essay
College Examiner  - Dec 18, 2015
For students applying to selective universities, the “Why Us?” supplemental essay can be a very important part of the admissions process. The Common Application makes it incredibly easy for students to apply to a large number of colleges with the simple click of a button,..
Best and Worst College Application Essay Prompts, Supplements and Common App Questions
Huffington Post  - Dec 23, 2015
As the college application essay writing season draws to a close, with only a short time left before most regular applications are due, I'm looking back on some of the most interesting -- and most annoying -- essays prompts I've seen this year...
Last-Minute Tips for Writing a Great College Essay
TIME  - Dec 7, 2015
First, don't be boring. Your college essays need to be memorable--but in a positive way. That will help you stand out from other applicants. Choose a topic you are passionate about. ..
COLLEGE COUNSELOR: The "Why Us?" Essay
Gazettes  - Dec 6, 2015
An essay prompt found often on applications is, 'Why us?' Why do you want to come here and what will you do once you arrive? A taste of this year's crop include: ..
I was an Ivy League admissions officer -- here's the most compelling essay I ever read
Business Insider  - Dec 9, 2015
It was a Saturday evening and I was doing my shift opening application envelopes at 320 Pinetree Road in Ithaca, New York. (This was back before all applications had to be submitted electronically through the CommonApp website.)..
5 Steps for Using College Admissions Essays to Address Weaknesses
US News - Nov 9, 2015
A semester of lackluster grades, a disciplinary report or a poor showing on a standardized exam can all present significant challenges when attempting to get into a competitive college. Most experts advise addressing any deficiency directly....
‘Copy and paste’ is not always your friend
DC College Admissions Examiner - Nov 13, 2015
Everyone has heard the story of the college applicant who inadvertently inserted the wrong institutional name in an admissions essay. Harvard likes to tell the story of receiving an essay earnestly extolling the virtues of Yale...
10 Reasons Your Daughter's College Essay Won't Resemble Your Son's
Forbes - Nov 11, 2015
When high-school students write their college admissions essays, do girls’ topic choices resemble what boys pick? A new analysis of 6,734 college essays says that in a surprising number of cases, the answer is: “No.”...
Selling yourself through the personal statement
Baltimore Sun - Nov 9, 2015
It's that time of year again: a nip in the air, leaves falling — and high school seniors stressing over their college applications, especially the essay part...
Don’t just write off that supplemental college essay
Boston Globe - Oct 30, 2015
After weeks of brainstorming, writing, editing, and rewriting, that frightening personal statement essay is finally done. But don’t exhale just yet. For a majority of colleges, particularly the most selective, additional essay questions are also part of the application process......
Online tools for scholarship, admission essay writing
KSL.com - Nov 2, 2015
SALT LAKE CITY — It's never too early to start crafting your best college admission essay. The application and scholarship essays you complete practically determine your future....
College Essay Tips for Parents and Students
The College Solution Blog - Oct 26, 2015
It’s college essay time. That dreaded stretch of the college admission process that high school seniors AND their parents often hate. I feel for everyone going through this right now, which is why I want to help...
An MIT Team's Platform Brings Essay Feedback for Everyone
BostInno - Oct 27, 2015
Fall means different things for different people. For most of us, this season is all about breaking out the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored everything. But for high school seniors, autumn is the start of the college applications mad dash...
Countdown to College: Essay topics to avoid
Charlotte Observer - Oct 15, 2015
What do colleges want to know about you? That’s a good place to start when you’re brainstorming your college essay. You know colleges don’t want you to tell your life story in 500 words. But, you keep pestering yourself wondering..
8 things admissions officers wish people would stop doing
USA Today - Oct 19, 2015
One of the best ways to make your admissions essays stand apart from the crowd is to avoid the most common mistakes that applicants make. Admissions officers are looking for sincere and passionate essays that help them get to know you better...
Getting In: The College Essay
Slate.com - Oct 9, 2015
The personal statement might be only 650 words, but these paragraphs have the power to make a student stand out to the admissions office, or get lost in the pack...
5 things to know about writing a great college essay
Charlotte Observer - Oct 9, 2015
As I read student essay after student essay this fall, I often find myself asking, in not such a polite tone, “What were they thinking?” Grammar and usage mistakes are rampant, and many students are clueless when it comes to writing a non-academic paper.y...
The Essay Questions Colleges Should Be Asking -- But Aren't
Huffington Post - Oct 13, 2015
Friends whose son started on his college applications this week were bemoaning the process to us, knowing we have lived through it ourselves. It's been a while since our sons applied and I was curious to know if the essay topics had improved in the interim....
Countdown to College: 'Why this college?' You need a good answer
Charlotte Observer  - Oct 2, 2015
Why is the “Why this college?” so important? Colleges care why students put their college on their list and many colleges incorporate the “why?” question into their applications.....
How to Choose a Topic for Your Common App Essay
Greenwich Free Press - Oct 1, 2015
You’ve never trekked through the jungles of Thailand, volunteered on a mission trip abroad or founded a non-profit organization? Don’t worry — you will still find something to write about in your college application essay and get into a competitive college....
Don’t Make This Common College Application Mistake!
TeenLife  - Sep 29, 2015
What is the single biggest mistake you can make on your college application? Submitting a narrative as your essay response to the prompt. You might as well just include the wrong school name while you are at it...
College Admissions: Common Application Prompt #5
GoLocal PDX College Admission  - Sep 23, 2015
The intention of this series is to show readers a sample of a good essay in response to each of the Common Application prompts. This essay is an actual college admission essay, written and submitted by a real student. ...
Don't Ghostwrite College Application Essays
Huffington Post  - Sep 25, 2015
Recently, I have traveled to schools, college fairs, libraries, and many homes to help kids with their college applications, including their college application essays and/or personal statements. .....
5 Common App Essay Tips That Will Actually Help You
Her Campus  - Sep 9, 2015
When it comes to applying for college, it seems like everyone who has ever attended college thinks that they're experts on everything pertaining to the matter. They want to give you advice on everything from where you should apply to how you can write the perfect essay....
Infographic: What Makes a Strong College Essay
US News  - Sep 9, 2015
Writing a college essay could very well be the most high pressure part of the college application process. At some point, there is little students can do about grades, extracurricular activities and what will and won't be said in their recommendation letters ...
8 Ways to Help the Selfie Generation Write Better College Essays
Huffington Post  - Sep 3, 2015
Someone recently told me that every American teenager today knows his or her best camera angle because of all the selfies they take. It's an interesting observation because these are the same students I meet when they're struggling to write their college application essays and have no idea what their best angle is....
College Admissions: Common Application Prompt #2
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 3, 2015
Common Application Prompt #2 This is an actual college application essay written in response to the Common Application prompt: Learning from Failure. It is followed by comments from admissions professionals about what makes this personal statement effective. ...
Countdown to College: Get going on that college essay
Charlotte Observer  - Aug 27, 2015
Fear and procrastination are the two biggest stumbling blocks for seniors as they consider the college essay. The essay is uniformly considered the most stressful part of the college application process....
How to Perfect Your College Application Essay
Her Campus  - Aug 24, 2015
Most college applications require some standard forms about your academic history, transcript, GPA, extracurriculars, letters of recommendations and the essay. The forms are all pretty self explanatory and cover all the basics—not too bad overall. The essay is a whole different ballgame. ...
Common Application Prompt #1
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Aug 31, 2015
Common Application Prompt #1 This is an actual college application essay written in response to the Common Application prompt: Share Your Story. It is followed by comments from admissions professionals about what makes this personal statement effective. ,...
5 Steps for Scripting a Video College Application Essay
US News  - Aug 24, 2015
If you? had mere seconds to change the course of your life – what would you say? If you are submitting a video admissions essay as part of your college application, that question should be at the forefront of your mind. ...
Jumpstart your college application essay with innovative, free online tool
NY College Admissions Examiner - Aug 22, 2015
"How do I write my college application essay? What is Harvard looking for?" That, according to Carol Barash, founder and CEO of Story2.com, is the wrong question to ask. Rather, students need to ask themselves,...
College Admissions: 6 Steps To A Killer College Application
GoLocalProv College Admissions  - Aug 24, 2015
Early Admission deadlines will begin in just a few weeks on October 15 for some schools, and students will be racing to get their applications completed. So, what are the fatal mistakes to avoid? What makes a truly great app?...
College Admissions: 6 Tips for Writing Compelling College Application Essays
GoLocalPDX College Admissions  - Aug 19, 2015
The college admissions essay (also known as your personal statement) is your chance to show who you are beyond your grades and test scores. Embrace the opportunity to give the reader a sense of your personality..
10 College Application Tips: How to Write for Tired Eyes
Huffington Post  - Aug 17, 2015
These flourishes of onomatopoeia fly at me as I read several students' college application drafts. Normally, I enjoy a jaunty hook. But such framing devices, including snippets of conversation in media res, ...
What Works For Successful College Essays?
WBUR.org - Hear & Now  - Aug 11, 2015
It’s getting more competitive to get into top schools, and a new company called AdmitSee has compiled data on successful college application essays to help guide students...
College Essay Cliches
Huffington Post  - Aug 10, 2015
High school students are stronger writers, storytellers, and thinkers than they, or the adults around them, often give themselves credit for. When left to its own devices, though, even the sharpest teenage minds frequently gravitate towards college essay topics that are so common ....
The Keys to Writing a Successful College Admissions Essay
Bloomberg  - Aug 05, 2015
Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu discusses the keys to writing a successful college admissions essay with Bloomberg's Mark Crumpton on "Bloomberg Markets." (Source: Bloomberg)...
7 fatal errors to avoid in your personal statement
USA Today  - Aug 14, 2015
n the process of planning, writing and perfecting your personal statement, what you don’t include is just as important as what you do. You already know that your statement needs to have great content and be free of errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation...
Countdown to College: Common Application’s newest promp
Charlotte Observer  - Jun 21, 2015
While there was some minor tweaking with four of the five Common Application www.commonapp.org (Common App) prompts this year, there is one prompt, No. 4, that is entirely new...
A favorite college essay tip
The College Solution  - Jun 14, 2015
I’ve looked at plenty of college essays over the years and the vast majority of them have been b-o-r-i-n-g. The mediocre essays that I’ve seen have usually been guilty of one or more of these no-no’s: . ...
Ways for Parents, Students to Revise College Application Essays Together
US News - Jun 9, 2015
College application essays are intended to provide insight beyond the impersonal numbers of test scores and academic transcripts. Recommendation letters can provide a third-party perspective, but the essay is a student's best chance to speak directly to the gatekeepers of higher education.......
Get it Done Over the Summer: 9 Tips to Tackling the College Essay
TeenLife Blog - May 29, 2015
The college essay looms dark and foreboding like the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a path to tackling the monster and the essay. ...
The Common Application announces 2015-16 essay prompts
DC College Admissions Examiner  - Mar 31, 2015
With feedback provided by the nearly 6,000 individuals who participated in a survey conducted earlier this month, the Common Application announced today final language for the 2015-16 essay prompts...
The Most Memorable College Admissions Essays Reddit Has Ever Seen Will Blow Your Mind
Bustle  - Feb 23, 2015
It’s been a long time since I penned my college application essays, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still appreciate them. On the contrary: I think memorable college admissions essays are to be applauded.....
Making Sure You Come Across Likeable in Your College Essays
TeenLife Blog  - Feb 16, 2015
Writing college application essays can be a daunting task for teens. While some students know immediately what topic they want to write about, others may be overwhelmed and unsure what they want to say....
Study links word choices in college application essays to future academic success
The Daily Pennsylvanian - Feb 13, 2015
The words used in college essays may be more important than applicants expect. According to a study recently released on the Public Library of Science website, entitled "When Small Words Foretell Academic Success:....

Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay
Huffington Post - Mar 10, 2014
I last taught high school in 2005. I've been tutoring and advising individual students extensively since then, and my biggest regret about my classroom teaching has become achingly clear: I didn't spend enough time helping students improve their writing.....
Essays can make or break your college admissions
Post-Tribune - Mar 6, 2014
All other things being equal, the essays will play the decisive factor in your admission. Rejection letters typically are sent to the applicants with the worst essays. Here is how I classify essays:....
What Makes a Great College Essay
Huffington Post  - Feb 21, 2014
A great college essay is more than a good story. Students should ask themselves some questions before writing and while proofreading any rough drafts.....
What every Ivy League college is looking for in its admission essays
Quartz  - Feb 11, 2014
Students applying to Ivy League schools find themselves having to wade through a particularly dense morass of conflicting advice. With Harvard and Princeton denying far more valedictorians than they accept....
Conquering the college essay
Charlotte Observer  - Dec 22, 2013
MThe college essay strikes fear in the souls of students, who stare at the blank space on the application and wonder: What should I write?....
Getting into college: Your essay may help more than you realize
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog) - Dec 12, 2013
Maggie Anderson had a successful career in marketing communications, producing video and writing. She is the author of “Do You Stand Out Enough?" She also coaches executives and entrepreneurs how to use their communications more powerfully....
Tips To Handle The Dreaded College Essay
NY1 - Dec 12, 2013
Applying to college can be a stressful but exciting experience, and a key part of the experience is the dreaded college essay. Rob Franek, a senior vice president and publisher with the Princeton Review, offered some college essay tips....
Unusual college essay questions for 2013-14
Washington Post - Nov 25, 2013
Every year colleges and universities ask applicants to write essays to explain who they are and to show how they think and write (assuming that the students actually write the essays themselves). ...
College essay requires thought, not personal drama
Charlotte Observer - Dec 2, 2013
Robert Cronk, author of “Concise Advice: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays” ( www.jumpstartessays.com) took issue with some of my advice in last week’s “Why this college?” column....
More ways to say ‘Why I love this college’
Charlotte Observer - Nov 19, 2013
Robert Cronk, author of “Concise Advice: Jump-Starting Your College Admissions Essays” ( www.jumpstartessays.com) took issue with some of my advice in last week’s “Why this college?” column....
Advice for Writing the "Why us?" Essay
True Admission Blog - Nov 19, 2013
Kim Lifton, President of Wow Writing Workshop, joins us today to address the often misunderstood "Why us?" essay. The "Why us?" essay is a unique opportunity in the college application.....
How to nail the ‘Why this college?’ essay prompt
Charlotte Observer - Nov 10, 2013
“Why this college?” That pesky prompt asks the seemingly benign question, “Why do you want to attend our school?” The “Why this college?” essay ends up frequently being a lame attempt to tell the college what they think the college wants to hear. Bad idea....
4 Clichéd College Essay Topics to Avoid
Her Campus - Nov 12, 2013
It’s that time of year: deadlines for college applications will be here before you know it. As if you don’t have enough to worry about, now you have to craft the perfect essay. This essay is going to be your chance to show your potential university who you are outside of your standardized test scores and your GPA.....
An extradordinary essay could be key to college admission
Buffalo News - Nov 7, 2013
Let’s say you are at the top of your class and applying to an Ivy League school. You feel confident because you got 2,200 on your SATs, are class president, ....
The Essay that Starts with a Dialogue with the Police Or How a Parent can Make an Interesting Essay Ponderous
True Admissions Blog - Nov 11, 2013
Psychologist and counselor Jeanette Spires joins us again this month to talk about the essay, why it's a good idea to avoid too much "help" from parents, and what it means to show a college what matters to you.....
A Plea to Those Helping Students With College Application Essays: Let the 17-year-old Voice Take Center Stage
Huffington Post - Oct 16, 2013
Recently, I saw a private coach inside a Starbucks using a thesaurus to help a high school senior make a college application essay sound "more mature." Another counselor encouraged one of my students to write about a troubling failure without focusing on the lessons learned...
Application essays should emphasize why a college is a good fit for you
NorthJersey - Oct 18, 2013
It's becoming increasingly important to demonstrate your interest in a college, as schools try to predict yield — the percentage of admitted students who enroll....
Writing your college essay? How to avoid boring the reader
Denver Post - Oct 22, 2013
Let's say you are at the top of your class and applying to an Ivy League school. You feel confident because you got 2200 on your SATs, are class president, run cross-country, and are in five clubs. All your life, "failure has never been in your vocabulary because you have succeeded at everything....
College application insanity gets worse
CNN.com  - Oct 15, 2013
(CNN) -- Every college applicant knows about the "hardship essay," which asks a teenager to write about overcoming an obstacle. Here's a suggested approach:....
Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. II
Huffington Post  - Oct 6, 2013
3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?..
Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. I
Huffington Post  - Oct 3, 2013

How to Write College Admissions Essays: A Letter to High School Seniors
Huffington Post  - Sep 27, 2013
Dear High School Seniors, Unfortunately, family tensions often run high when it's college admissions' time. Phrases such as, "I don't need you. You're wrecking my life!" and "You can't go anywhere until your personal statement for the common app is done!..
“The Rite of Passage Question”
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 30, 2013
Bliss is boring! That’s my favorite cautionary line I’ve heard about Common Application Prompt No. 4: “Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?”...
The Admissions Essay Is Back
Inside Higher Ed  - Sep 30, 2013
Bard College announced Sunday that it will offer a new path to admission: an online essay examination in which applicants will have to submit four 2,500-word research papers ....
Tips for Common Application Prompt No. 4
Charlotte Observer  - Sep 23, 2013
Bliss is boring! That’s my favorite cautionary line I’ve heard about Common Application Prompt No. 4: “Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?”...

Challenging a belief or an idea: A good idea in Common App?
Charlotte Observer - Sep 17, 2013
If I was a betting woman I’d put money on my hunch that Common Application prompt No. 3 will be the least popular of the five choices offered this year....
Confessions of a College Application Essay Coach
Huffington Post - Sep 18, 2013
'Tis the season for applying to college, and everyone and his mother have got the "How Do I Write My Application Essay Blues." The killer personal statement, now a hot commodity, may be the most popular literary genre on our virtual shelves....
How The College Essay Has Changed With The Digital Age
WLRN - Sep 16, 2013
School just started, but already high school seniors are focused on college. With early admission deadlines looming, students are beginning a new rite of passage: conquering the college application and, with it, the dreaded college application essay....
Who wants to talk about their failures?
Charlotte Observer - Sep 9, 2013
Who wants to talk about their failures? Most students approach the Common Application Prompt No. 2, also known as “The Edison Prompt,” with fear and trepidation. It says: “Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure....
Common Application Essay Option #5 — A Meaningful Accomplishment or Event
About.com - Sep 8, 2013
The fifth essay option on the new Common Application reads as follows: Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family....
Need Help With Your College Application Essays? Ask the Experts
US News & World Report - Jun 30, 2010
Get a head start on those college applications
Daily Pilot - Jun 18, 2010
The College Conversation: Juniors, start that college essay now
Daily Pilot - Jun 18, 2010

Finding Applicants Who Plagiarize
Inside Higher Ed - Jun 23, 2010
It wasn't that hard for admissions officers for the M.B.A. program at Pennsylvania State University to figure out that they had a plagiarism problem this year....

 
 

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