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3 Tips On How To Write A College Essay That Will Get You Accepted!

Last updated January 6, 2020

Just like how no two people are exactly alike, no two examples of a “good college essay” are alike. The key is finding a way to express who you are through story-telling and self-reflection. How can you write a good college essay of your own? 

Here’s our breakdown of what colleges look for in a great college essay. Answer the essay question from your point of view. Your response should help the reader understand what you're like, your personality, convictions, etc.

Colleges care a lot about how you’ll fit in at their school.

Accordingly, they want to get to know you—the real you. Your response should tell a story and give the reader insight into your personality, what fascinates and excites you, what are you curious about intellectually, and more. Include an example of an experience or two that has shaped how you view life.

Keep your essay focused

Your goal should be to answer the prompt completely. You want your essay topic to be an inch wide and a mile deep. Focus on a specific event, experience, musing—anything that reflects who you are—and zero in on it. Make sure this response suits the essay question. You will need to respond to every part of the prompt.

Write about a topic that you find interesting

Choosing a topic that excites you is an amazing way to infuse energy and life into your essay. It also gives the reader a distinct impression of the kind of person you are. This is critical as colleges are looking for students who are the right fit for their college, and if they can’t get a good sense of your personality, they can’t determine whether or not you’re a great fit for their campus! Show yourself off! Remember, your essay really can be about anything as long as you fully address the question posed in the prompt!

Now that you know what goes into a great college essay, it's time to start writing. And when you finish, let us help you review and offer feedback on it! You can submit your personal statement, college essays, and scholarship essays.

Give yourself the best chance to stand out on your college essays. Submit your essay for review.

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