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Why [This College]: An Essay That's Never Optional
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Why [This College]: An Essay That's Never Optional

Supplemental essays have been around for generations, and there’s a good reason: they enable admissions officers to see just how …

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Applying to College

How To Write a Successful College Essay, Part 2

In our work, my team and I find that ninety percent of students (and, ahem, the parents looking over their shoulders) start their…

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Applying to College

What Makes Successful College Essays… Successful?

You’ve probably read a sample college essay before. Applicants are bombarded with “essays that worked”—in purpose-built essay col…

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Application and Essay Tips

College Essay Examples: See the Essays That Helped Get Real Students Into Top Schools

Starting your college admissions essay can feel like a monumental task, and staring at a blank screen may only make things worse.…

College Application Essays Vs. High School Essays
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College Application Essays Vs. High School Essays


High school typically does a great job preparing you for college. But when it comes to applying to college, there's one thin…

Common Application Essays
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Common Application Essays

The July 4th holiday just ended. That's the traditional halfway point of summer. You know, Memorial Day kicks off these lazy…

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