The blog at collegeadmissionbook,com features a great article on the new Common App essay prompts. The five prompts that will appear on the “new” Common Application (dubbed "CA4," for the 4th version of the Common App) should allow for nearly any topic you might choose. College advisor Alice Kleeman shares her suggestions for academic, extracurricular, … Continue reading Advice for Students on Topics for the New Common App Essays
How to Write a College Application Essay that Stands Out (from BU)
Found this great resource from Boston University. If the thought of writing that application essay makes your palms sweat, you’re not alone. How important is it really? How can you make yours different from everyone else’s? And what are those Admissions people looking for anyway? Read more.
For the Essay, Keep it Brief
The updated Common Application for 2011-12 has been available since mid-April. early reaction to the (minor) revisions was an acknowledgement of changing demographics of college applicants: more veterans, more applicants with previous college experience and more children of lesbians and gays. In the last week or so, people in my line of work (college counselors … Continue reading For the Essay, Keep it Brief
Some Tips on the Supplement Essay
Many students put a lot of effort into the personal essay and short-change the supplemental essay. These articles and samples from Allen Grove's blog help you avoid this mistake. 5 Common Supplemental Essay Mistakes Sample Supplemental Essay (Duke) Sample Supplemental Essay (Oberlin) Discussion of a Weak Supplemental Essay
From Connecticut College: Essays That Worked
Connecticut College has given college applicants (and those of us who advise them) a great gift in this collection of 18 college admissions essays that worked.