A Bad Why College Essay

We’ve written many times over the years about the importance of the Why College essay. The Why College essay is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate that they love a university, to demonstrate the value the applicant brings to the university. Most students submit Why College essays that say, well, nothing. Maybe … 

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What Not to Write in College Essays

There is an article up on “Bustle” by Rebecca Jane Stokes entitled “17 College Admissions Officers Share The Craziest Things They’ve Seen on Applications” that we figured we’d share with our readers. We love these kinds of articles. They’re always filled with salacious stories. And we blog about college admissions … 

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Your College Essays Are Probably Not So Good

There’s a very good chance that your college essays are probably not so good. There’s a good chance that with less than a week left before the Regular Decision deadline, your college essays need to be scrapped entirely. This is true for the vast majority of college applicants. In fact, … 

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There is Still Time to Fix Bad College Essays

There is still time to fix bad college essays! It never ceases to amaze us that so many students (and their parents) are confident about their choice of essay topics…and their execution of these topics. We so often get calls and emails around now, mere days before Early Decision and … 

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What Makes A Bad College Essay

What makes a bad college essay, you ask? Well, there are lots of things that can contribute to a bad college essay. And if you’re not already aware from reading our college admissions blog, the vast majority of college essays that are submitted to the highly selective colleges are atrocious. Atrocious … 

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Bad College Essays

Curious to know what bad college essays look like? Pick any college essay at random submitted to a college — even the highly selective ones — and there’s a great chance that you’ll pull out a bad essay. And why’s that? Because high school students just plain can’t write. It’s … 

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