|By Godis (Godis) on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 03:15 pm: Edit|
how much will a good essay help in terms of admission?
|By Blinker (Blinker) on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 03:39 pm: Edit|
90% of the time, it won't do anything. 3% of the time, it will definitely boost your chance. These essays are the ones that leave an impression on the adcoms. The other 7% of the times, bad essays will keep you out.
|By Abyss (Abyss) on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 06:10 pm: Edit|
Godis, a good essay can do a lot! it can bring a mediocre student out of the stream of normality. it tells an infinite amount of things about the individual, and the adcoms are experts at evaluating it. nonetheless 90% of essays are mediocre. it's ok for excellent students (as long as the essay isnt BAD) but for the rest of us, we need the essay to excel.
don't undermine it.
|By The_Slc_Bug (The_Slc_Bug) on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 06:12 pm: Edit|
It depends on the school. It matters very much for very selective private schools. For most state schools, it doesn't mean much at all.
|By Abyss (Abyss) on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 06:21 pm: Edit|
i wouldnt say so. a superb essay would raise some eyebrows in state schools and might compensate for a lot. on the other hand, in a private school it can only help an application, but cannot compensate for some essential criteria
|By The_Slc_Bug (The_Slc_Bug) on Saturday, November 08, 2003 - 06:24 pm: Edit|
An essay can never compensate for essential criteria, no matter what school. But I mean, look at the UCs. They don't require recommendations. It just seems like private schools put more emphasis on the "extra" things than the state schools do.
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