The COLLEGE ESSAY
How important is the college essay?
Certainly, the most important criteria for college admissions is the student’s GPA, strength of curriculum, and test scores if required. However, when applying to colleges, especially selective schools, most applicants have similar academic profiles. So, what else do colleges look at to determine admittance? Extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and the college essay/personal statement.
You have a unique background, interests and personality. The college essay is your chance to tell your story (or at least part of it). The best way to tell your story is to write a personal, thoughtful essay about something that has meaning for you. Be honest and genuine, and your unique qualities will shine through.
Admissions officers have to read an unbelievable number of college essays, most of which are forgettable. Many students try to sound smart rather than sounding like themselves. Others write about a subject that they don’t care about, but that they think will impress admissions officers.
The college essay can set you apart from others and allow college admissions to look at you beyond numbers. It can be the determining factor of why you get into the school of your choice.
How important are the Supplemental Essays?
Supplemental essays can play an important role in the admission’s process. Students spend lots of time and energy on their main common application essay or personal statement and sometimes rush through their college-specific supplemental essays without much thought or care. College admissions officers report that supplemental essays play an increasingly important role in the college application process.
Cost: 1 Essay – $200, 2 Essays – $300, 3 Essays – $400, 4 Essays – $500