Avoiding Sob Stories in College 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. … 

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10 Pet Peeves in College Admissions Essays

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 … 

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Use the Maximum Word Count 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 … 

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5 Terrible Topics for the Common Application Personal Statement

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. That’s right. Even though these students may think they’re being super creative … 

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How to Approach the Personal Statement

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. There is not one college … 

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2017-2018 University of North Carolina Essays

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. Of these four essay prompts, applicants will … 

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2017-2018 Tufts University Admissions Essays

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? You write 100 words. Duh. Use all … 

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2017-2018 University of Michigan Admissions Essays

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 … 

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2017-2018 Notre Dame Admissions Essays

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? In honor of the university’s 175th anniversary. Duh. … 

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Williams 2017-2018 Admissions Essays

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. Now, we know, we know. You’ve … 

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