Dos and Don’ts on paper College Application Essays

Dos and Don’ts on paper College Application Essays

College Essays Will Give a Glimpse into Your Soul

While student grades and test scores are clearly top factors in admissions office decisions, application essays often play a pivotal role. Like nothing else, essays give admissions readers an actual sense for who you are as an individual and student. Some say they are a «glimpse into your soul.»

Most colleges require a minumum of one essay as a right part of their applications; some require two, three or maybe more. Ranging in length from just a couple of words to at least one, two, or three pages of content, essay questions in just about any free-response section of this college application should be considered a way to make a impression that is good.

During the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s (NACAC) yearly conference, college admissions deans have admitted repeatedly that poorly written essays can «do in» a student with top grades and test scores. and that essays that are great sometimes turn the tide toward acceptance for a student with less-than-stellar grades and test scores.

These same deans have offered sage advice about the dos and don’ts of writing college essays.


1. Write revealing, concise essays that inform, enlighten and amuse.

2. Present yourself as genuinely humble, modest, possibly even self-effacing.

3. Be yourself.

4. Answer each and every aspect of the essay question as best you can AND in the character/word limit provided. Continuar leyendo