A College Application Essay Primer

For tips about writing an amazing college application essay, check out this article. It provides detailed instructions about what to do and what to not do as you write you essays for the college admissions committees.


As a former college professor, I assisted hundreds of students prepare their college application essay, or personal statement.  I would like to discuss some common errors that weaken these essays.  Being too much “in awe” of the college you are applying to is one common weakness.  Another one is “wrapping” the essay in an eye-catching but inappropriate example.


Any school that requires admissions essays is most likely a reputable institution.  You need no reiterate this in your essay.  Below is a sample sentence that I suggest eliminating:


“The many connections and resources available at your university will substantially increase my comprehension of the field, ultimately enabling me to propose and conduct my own effective…

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