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Category: Admissions Essay

Linda Abraham

First Drafts of Personal Statements: Let Yourself Go

Writing the first draft of your personal statement is probably the hardest part of the whole application process. Here’s how to let yourself go.

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Frances Wong

How to Tackle the “Why Us” School-Specific Essay (with Examples!)

Of all the supplemental college essays out there, the “Why Us?” essay is the most difficult to master, especially when you have to write one for each school on your college list. So, how do you convince admissions officers at each college you belong there, while staying true to yourself?   With AdmitSee’s database of […]

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Kim Lifton

Mastering the Most Challenging College Essay: Why College X?

Many schools ask for supplemental essays in addition to the personal statement; the most common supplement, which we call “Why College X?,” is a variation on the question, “Why us?” This prompt can be one of the most challenging for students. The questions often look like these, which are taken from current and past years’ […]

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Kristin Fracchia

New Common Application Essays 2016 – 2017

The Common App has just released its essay prompts for the 2016 to 2017 application season. Here are our thoughts on which ones are the best.

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Nadira Berman

Three Tips For Editing Your College Essay

Putting the finishing touches on those college essays? Read on for some useful tips (including when to take a well-deserved break)!

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Elise Gout

Getting the Most Out of College Essay Revision

We’re about a month into the school year which means, ideally, you should be about a month into writing your college application essays.

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Kristin Fracchia

The New 2015-2016 Common Application Essays

Ah, July. When rising seniors everywhere realize that summer is going by a bit more quickly than they might have liked…and college application essays are coming out in droves. College essays are generally a bit more eager beaver than the rest of their accompanying application forms. This is because they are typically the most time-consuming part […]

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Kristin Fracchia

College Admissions Essay: Top Tips for Making a Statement Colleges Will Remember (In a Good Way)

The college admissions essay is a daunting task for most students. Many students have never been asked to do this type of writing before or have never engaged in the deep introspection such an essay requires. It’s a lot of pressure. I hear you. So how can you make the job easier? Check out my […]

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Guest Author

Will a Great Essay Get Me Into College?

If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, here’s a short and sweet answer from Ethan Sawyer, the College Essay Guy. The short answer here is: No, an essay won’t get you into college on its own. Your acceptance at most universities is dictated primarily by your GPA, course-load (how hard your classes are) and, to […]

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Nadira Berman

Top Three Worst College Essay Topics

No matter how good your writing is, if you’ve picked a bad topic, college admissions officers will be unimpressed with your personal statement. They will likely have seen hundreds of essays exactly like it. And you definitely don’t want your essay to be trite and forgettable. Try to stand out from the crowd. You are […]

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