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Dec. 27, 2014

Can UC Essay Serve as "Additional Information" for Boston U?

Question: Hello, I am applying to Boston University. But for the additional comment question, do you think it would look bad if I submit an essay I had to write for another college? I was wondering if I could submit an essay I wrote for UC application.Would it hurt or be helpful by showing my personality from another perspective?

Thank you.

You should not use an essay that you wrote for another college in the “Additional Information” section of an application unless …


  1. It doesn’t look like an essay you wrote for another college.

AND …

  1. It provides information that you feel is important for admission officials to know that won’t be included elsewhere in your application. Typically, this type of information might be:

 

-an explanation of erratic grades, perhaps caused by illness or family problems

-the reasons behind (and impact of) frequent moves to new schools or any move that came late in your high school career

-an explanation of unusual course choices

-a description of an atypical hobby, interest, or other type of undertaking or achievement that the “Activities” section of your application doesn’t offer adequate space to discuss.

 It’s hard to give you a definitive answer without seeing exactly what you submitted to UC, but an extra essay that simply reveals another side of your personality is probably not something that admission folks will welomce, unless there’s something truly unusual or surprising about what this added writing sample might reveal.

 

Written by

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone

Sally Rubenstone knows the competitive and often convoluted college admission process inside out: From the first time the topic of college comes up at the dinner table until the last duffel bag is unloaded on a dorm room floor. She is the co-author of Panicked Parents' Guide to College Admissions; The Transfer Student's Guide to Changing Colleges and The International Student's Guide to Going to College in America. Sally has appeared on NBC's Today program and has been quoted in countless publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Weekend, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, People and Seventeen. Sally has viewed the admissions world from many angles: As a Smith College admission counselor for 15 years, an independent college counselor serving students from a wide range of backgrounds and the author of College Confidential's "Ask the Dean" column. She also taught language arts, social studies, study skills and test preparation in 10 schools, including American international schools in London, Paris, Geneva, Athens and Tel Aviv. As senior advisor to College Confidential since 2002, Sally has helped hundreds of students and parents navigate the college admissions maze. In 2008, she co-founded College Karma, a private college consulting firm, with her College Confidential colleague Dave Berry, and she continues to serve as a College Confidential advisor. Sally and her husband, Chris Petrides, became first-time parents in 1997 at the ripe-old age of 45. So Sally was nearly an official senior citizen when her son Jack began the college selection process, and when she was finally able to practice what she had preached for more than three decades.

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