Avoid Writing About the Pandemic in College Essays

Were you considering writing about the COVID-19 pandemic in your Personal Statement or in supplemental essays? If so, you’re on the wrong path. You see, admissions officers at our nation’s elite universities have to sift through thousands of applications to find the gems. Thus writing about a topic that so … 

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University of Pennsylvania 2020-2021 Admissions Essays

Prior to the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, the University of Pennsylvania asked applicants to complete only one supplemental essay prompt in 400-650 words: “How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying … 

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2020-2021 Common Application Essay Prompts

The Common Application has released the essay prompts for the 2020-2021 college admissions cycle. Drumroll please. So what will be the prompts for current juniors come the time they apply to college in November and December of 2020? Wonder no more — we know it’s been keeping our readers up … 

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Privileged Information in College Essays

Each and every year, we work with a batch of students and parents navigating the highly selective college admissions process. And while we of course care deeply about our students, it’s our parents who are ultimately our clients. This, at times, can leave us in an unenviable position — notably … 

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University of Chicago 2019-2020 Essay Prompts

The University of Chicago is known for its quirky admissions essays. Each year, admissions officers at the University of Chicago ask applicants to respond to some truly wacky questions — and we love that! In a sea of so many colleges asking applicants to respond to the same few questions, … 

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Northwestern University 2019-2020 Admissions Essay

Northwestern University has released its supplemental essay for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle. And if you’re wondering how many supplemental essays you’ll have to answer, the answer is…one. Just like last year, Northwestern asks students to respond to one supplemental essay in 300 words. So what question is it? Why is … 

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Dartmouth College 2019-2020 Admissions Essays

Dartmouth College has released its 2019-2020 admissions essays, the prompts students will need to complete for their applications. Just like last year, students will need to complete two essay prompts. The first prompt is 100 words or fewer (which means applicants should write very close to 100 words if not … 

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A Pet Peeve in College Essays

Every paragraph, every sentence, every word matters in college admissions essays. So often, students flippantly include words or phrases that can have a catastrophic impact on their cases for admission. And, so often, these students don’t even realize that they’ve just placed all of their great high school work in … 

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2019-2020 University of Pennsylvania Essay Prompts

Some universities change their admissions essay prompts regularly and some universities rarely do so. The University of Pennsylvania had the same essay prompt for a few years running. That prompt, which applicants were directed to answer in 400-650 words, read: “How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at … 

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The Fingerprints of Parents in College Essays

One question we sometimes get from parents during free consultations goes like this: “Can’t college admissions officers tell you had a hand in your students’ essays?” Our answer goes like this: “If college admissions officers suspected we had a hand in revising our students’ essays, we wouldn’t be very good … 

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