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College admission essays have always been one of the most important parts of any college application, and their importance has only increased in recent years with admissions becoming more and more competitive. The essay was originally intended to complement other factors in admissions decisions, but today they can consume a majority of an applicant’s time and effort.
Many admissions representatives are looking at essays to determine not only a student’s writing ability, but for things like character, personality traits and creativity, which are not necessarily objective measures. To this effect, your essay will need to tread delicately on several different planes.
Humor can be a beneficial aspect to an essay but too much can be detrimental. Similarly, having a positive outlook is important, but blind optimism or a disregard for a subject’s negative characteristics can make you seem naïve.
While it is difficult to provide absolute guidelines for creating an excellent essay, there are a few concrete things that will absolutely improve your final product. Using proper grammar and style, spell checking, proofreading, and having an experienced editor review your essay will all go a long way toward making sure your essay is the best it can be. Admissions representatives look for essays that are easy to read and understand, have interesting subject matter and are well researched.
This page is dedicated to applicants who want to ensure that their essay sticks out among the throng of essays and applications colleges and universities receive every year. The resources found herein: lists, tips and sample essays, will give you ideas on topics, style and a solid format to follow. While the sample topics covered in the essays may not be the same as the ones you’ve received from a particular school, the principles for structure and style are universal and can be applied to any subject imaginable. Please remember, these are just examples and not to be redistributed or reproduced in any form.