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College Essay Topics, Topics for University Essays, Admissions Essays Topics

Topics for College Essays

Some topics for college essays should be avoided. For others, it'll come down to execution. But too many students choose topics that should be avoided.

December 2, 2012

Citing Books in College Essays

Citing Books in College Essays is often a good idea, but don't just cite books that are required reading in classrooms across the country.

November 8, 2012

College Essay Blunder

A major college essay blunder is to quote the dictionary. Or the encyclopedia. Don't ever do that in your college admissions essays!

October 27, 2012

Writing Style in College Essays

Your writing style in college essays matters a great deal. Too often, we read essays of college applicants that are cluttered with words like "however."

October 23, 2012

Books for College Essays

Demonstrating a love for reading is important in the college admissions process. So start reading immediately!

September 27, 2012

Fluffy College Essays, Fluffy Topics in College Essays, Bad Topics for College Admissions Essays

Fluff in College Essays

Fluff in college essays is one of the biggest mistakes students make in the college application process. Yes, you read that right -- fluff.

September 26, 2012

Bragging and College Essays, College Essay Bragging, Bragging Within College Essays

Bragging in Admissions Essays

Bragging in admissions essays is a terrible idea. It's one of the worst things that you can do as you apply to highly selective colleges.

September 24, 2012

Stories for College Essays, Stories in Admissions Essays, Telling Stories in College Essays

Stories in College Essays

Stories in college essays matter a great deal. They speak to who you are, where you come from, and where you want to go.

September 18, 2012

Topics to Avoid in College Essays

There are certain topics to avoid in college essays. Grandparents is one such topic as a general rule of thumb. Grandparents, you ask?

September 6, 2012

Why College Essay, Why You Want To Attend A College Essay, Why College Essay Tips

Why College Essays Tip

We've got some tips on Why College essays. You know the essay prompt. Why do you want to go to Penn or Brown or Yale. So many colleges ask this question.

September 5, 2012

College Admission Essays and Writing, Writing and College Essays, University Essays and Writing Ability

College Essays and Writing Ability

The writing ability that you demonstrate in your college essays matters a great deal. Don't think for a second that it doesn't matter.

September 3, 2012

Sports in College Admissions Essays

We generally discourage our students from writing about sports in college admissions essays. Is that a rule we always stick to? No. But usually, we do!

August 28, 2012

Reading and Ivy League Admission

Reading and Ivy League admission are, after all, an inseparable pair. College admissions essays are a perfect forum to showcase your love of reading.

August 26, 2012

Writing Your College Essays

School is about to start! If you're a rising high school senior and you haven't started writing your college essays, what have you been waiting for?

August 23, 2012

Grammar Mistakes in College Essays, College Essay Mistakes, Typos in College Admissions Essays

Grammatical Mistakes in College Essays

Grammatical mistakes in college essays are not alright. The number of grammatical mistakes in the vast majority of college essays never ceases to amaze us.

August 22, 2012

Reading in College Essays, Literature and College Essays, Books and College Essays

Reading and College Essays

Show don't tell in your college essays. Michael Phelps shows rather than tells. Ryan Lochte? Not so much.

August 13, 2012

Service Trips and College Essays, Service Trips and College Admissions Impact, Community Service and College Admissions

Service Trips and College Admissions

Ivy Coach was featured in "The New York Times" this weekend in an article about service trips and college admissions.

August 11, 2012

Ethics and College Admission Essays, Ethics and College Essay, College Essay Ethics

Ethics and College Essays

Learn from the mistakes of Fareed Zakaria. Don't plagiarize in your college essays. This is a gross ethical violation!

August 10, 2012

University Essay Topic, College Admissions Essay Topic, University Admissions Essay Topic

College Essay Topic

When selecting a college essay topic, take your time and really think it through. Often, the first idea isn't the best idea.

August 4, 2012

Accomplishments in College Admissions, College Admissions and Bragging, Bragging in College Essays

Accomplishments in College Essays

Boasting about accomplishments in college essays is absolutely, positively the wrong approach. Take a page from Missy Franklin. Be modest.

July 31, 2012


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