Admissions Essay

5 Things to Know About Holistic College Admissions

Today’s article was written by Erica Cirino. When you filled out your college applications this fall, were you required to write personal essays for some or all of the schools you applied to? If yes, then you can tell that college admissions officers are likely evaluating your application holistically rather than basing their decision on ...

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5 Things to Do to Make Your College Essay Unique

Today’s article was submitted by David White. When it comes to the college application process, few aspects are more anxiety-provoking than the essay. More often than not, applicants are asked to provide a compelling narrative about themselves, their interests, and their achievements, but are typically only given around 600 or 700 words to do so. ...

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Enhancing Your College Application

Many colleges require additional essays beyond the main Common Application (CA) essay. These essays appear on the colleges’ CA “supplement.” Forget about applying to all participating CA schools with just the CA. Lots of colleges, especially the more-to-most competitive ones, require additional information and essays on this nasty and time consuming additional form. One of ...

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Parents: A College Prep Timetable

My comments today are primarily for parents, but any students out there are welcome to join the party. With all the issues surrounding the world of college admissions, parents who are concerned about providing the right “flight plan” for their children to prepare for college need an overall schedule. There is a preferred time to ...

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Admission Interview Advice

While most colleges no longer require interviews, many “strongly recommend them.” Certainly, having an interview is a good way to show admission committees that you are indeed interested. For those who can’t get to campus, there are often interviews offered near your home. Some colleges are now interviewing via Skype or other Webcam options. Check ...

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More On Essays

I guess if you say the title of this post fast, it could sound like “Moron Essays.” Trust me; I’ve seen some moron essays in my day, but the sample I’d like to share with you today is far above the moron class. In fact, the writer of this essay was admitted early to one ...

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Promoting Your Accomplishments

In today’s world, we are being constantly bombarded by advertising intended to “market” this or that product or service. I foresee a future world where advertisements and slick 30-second commercials are beamed directly into our heads. We’ll be taking a nice quiet walk in the autumn woods when suddenly, out of nowhere, we’ll hear a ...

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More Essay Insights

Some people say, “Hey, you’re only 17. How tough can your life be at such a young age?” However, the reality sometimes can be very tough, even for teens. That’s why you may want to consider an essay about a certain difficulty (or difficulties) in your life and how you dealt with it. I’m not ...

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Adventures in Essayland

If you’re a rising high school senior planning to apply to college this fall, you more than likely will be dealing with application essays. The Common Application requires a “major” essay and many colleges that use the Common Application also throw a supplement your way that usually requires additional writing in the form of either ...

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How Strict is Word Limit on Scholarship Essay?

Question: I am typing a scholarship essay that is supposed to be 500 words long. I was typing and continued to type and type and soon realized I was at 600 words. So I finished up and was about to submit it when I saw in smaller print in the instructions that it is supposed ...

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