Avoiding Sob Stories in College Admissions Essays

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Think twice about writing a sob story in your admissions essays.

Many students and parents are under the mistaken impression that sharing sob stories in college admissions essays will pull on the heartstrings of admissions officers at highly selective college and inspire them to want to offer the student admission. Maybe it’s a story about enduring a childhood illness, like leukemia. Read more >

10 Pet Peeves in College Admissions Essays

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Learn our 10 pet peeves in college admissions essays (photo credit: Daderot).

There are a number of mistakes students make in their college admissions essays, mistakes that significantly hurt their cases for admission. But there are certain mistakes that so many students make each and every year that we figured we’d highlight for the loyal readers of our college admissions blog in the hope that maybe, just maybe it’ll dissuade students from writing these sorts of things in their admissions essays in future years. Read more >

Use the Maximum Word Count in College Essays

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Use the real estate you’re given in college essays.

If the maximum word count for a college admissions essays is 650 words, applicants should not write 500 words. They should write 650 words — or pretty close to it. When you’re a real estate developer in Manhattan and you’re allowed to build twenty-five stories, you don’t build ten stories and dedicate the rest of the space for the native pigeons of Manhattan. Read more >

5 Terrible Topics for the Common Application Personal Statement

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Do avoid writing about grandma or grandpa in your Common App. Personal Statement. And in your supplemental admissions essays too.

Of the thousands of applicants each year to highly selective colleges, it may surprise some to learn that the vast majority of these applicants choose one of five topics to write about in their Common Application Personal Statements. Read more >

How to Approach the Personal Statement

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There is a terrific editorial on how to approach the Personal Statement of the Common Application in “The New York Times.”

How to Write a Great Personal Statement

Wondering how to approach the Personal Statement on the Common Application? You’re not alone.

So often, folks write in asking for assistance with their “college essay.” It’s something of a pet peeve of ours here at Ivy Coach. Read more >

2017-2018 University of North Carolina Essays

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The 2017-2018 UNC admissions essays are out (photo credit: Yeungb).

The 2017-2018 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill admissions essays have been released and we’ve got them for our readers. The alma mater of Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan will offer applicants to the university four essay prompts this coming admissions cycle. Read more >

2017-2018 Tufts University Admissions Essays

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This is what Tufts looked like back in 1854.

The 2017-2018 Tufts University admissions essays consist of three prompts — one 50-100 word essay and two 200-250 word essays. Of course, when a highly selective college like Tufts asks you to write between 50-100 words, do you write 50 or 100 words? Read more >

2017-2018 University of Michigan Admissions Essays

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The UMichigan admissions essays for 2017-2018 have been released (photo credit: AndrewHorne).

The 2017-2018 University of Michigan admissions essays are out. We know, we know. You’ve been waiting with baited breath to find out what UMichigan’s essays will be for this admissions cycle and you can hardly contain yourself. Well, rest easy because at long last we’ve got these essay prompts for our readers. Read more >

2017-2018 Notre Dame Admissions Essays

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Notre Dame has released its essays for this upcoming college admissions cycle (photo credit: Eccekevin).

The 2017-2018 Notre Dame admissions essays have been released by the university and we’ve got them for our readers. Applicants to Notre Dame this year will be required to answer three 175-word essays. And why is the word count 175, you ask? Read more >

Williams 2017-2018 Admissions Essays

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Williams College happens to be one of the most beautiful colleges in America (photo credit: Tim4403224246).

It’s like Christmas, Chanukah, and Eid Al-Fitr all in one. The Williams 2017-2018 admissions essays are out. Those are Williams’ admissions essays for this coming admissions cycle. Well, blow up the balloons and uncork the champagne because we’ve got these essays for our loyal readers. Read more >


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