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120 College Essay Examples for 14 Schools + Expert Analysis

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Aug 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Admissions, College Essays

The personal statement might just be the hardest part of your college application. Mostly this is because it has the least guidance and is the most open-ended. One way to understand what colleges are looking for when they ask you to write an essay is to check out the essays of students who already got in—college essays that actually worked. After all, they must be among the most successful of this weird literary genre.

In this article, I'll go through general guidelines for what makes great college essays great. I've also compiled an enormous list of 100+ actual sample college essays from 14 different schools. Finally, I'll break down two of these published college essay examples and explain why and how they work. With links to 120 full essays and essay excerpts, this article will be a great resource for learning how to craft your own personal college admissions essay!

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What Is a Personal Statement? Everything You Need to Know About the College Essay

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

In addition to standardized test scores and transcripts, a personal statement or essay is a required part of many college applications. The personal statement can be one of the most stressful parts of the application process because it's the most open ended. 

In this guide, I'll answer the question, "What is a personal statement?" I'll talk through common college essay topics and what makes for an effective personal statement.

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How to Write a Perfect UC Essay for Every Prompt

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Aug 4, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you're applying to any University of California campus as an incoming freshman, then you have a special challenge ahead of you. Applicants need to answer four UC personal insight questions, chosen from a pool of eight unique prompts different from those on the Common App. But not to worry! This article is here to help.

In this article, I'll dissect the eight UC essay prompts in detail. What are they asking you for? What do they want to know about you? What do UC admissions officers really care about? How do you avoid boring or repulsing them with your essay?

I'll break down all of these important questions for each prompt and discuss how to pick the four prompts that are perfect for you. I'll also give you examples of how to make sure your essay fully answers the question. Finally, I'll offer step-by-step instructions on how to come up with the best ideas for your UC personal statements.

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How to Write Perfect ApplyTexas Essays

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Jun 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

College Essays

The ApplyTexas college application contains many essay prompts, and each of the most popular colleges in Texas has different requirements for which essays they expect applicants to answer.

So how do you get advice on writing your best ApplyTexas essays, no matter which school you're applying to? Look no further than this article, which completely unpacks all possible ApplyTexas essay prompts. We'll explain what each prompt is looking for and what admissions officers are hoping to learn about you. In addition, we'll give you our top strategies for ensuring that your essay meets all these expectations, and help you come up with your best essay topics.

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4 Tips for Writing Stellar UGA Essays

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 25, 2019 5:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

The University of Georgia is an excellent public school ranked in the top 50 universities nationwide. If you’re applying here, you’ll need to submit two amazing essays. So what are the UGA essay prompts? And how can you ensure your UGA essays will make you stand out?

In this in-depth guide, we give you all the current UGA essay prompts and tips for choosing and approaching the best prompt for you. We also look at an actual UGA application essay example to give you an idea of what your own essay can and should look like.

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3 Tips for Writing a Stellar Why Boston University Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 25, 2019 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you’re applying to Boston University, you’ll need to respond to the Why Boston University essay prompt as part of your application. The Why BU essay is a required element of your application and a great way to show the BU admissions committee why Boston University is the right fit for you and vice versa.

In this article, we’ll break down the Why Boston University essay prompt, give you ideas for what to talk about, and offer tips for writing an essay that will wow the admissions committee.

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5 Tips to Write an Excellent UCF Application Essay

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Jan 24, 2019 4:00:00 PM

College Essays

The University of Central Florida, commonly known as UCF, is one of the largest colleges in the United States. Over 50,000 students are enrolled at UCF, but that doesn’t mean it’s super easy to get in—UCF has an acceptance rate of 49.9 percent, meaning they accept just under half of students who apply.

To set yourself apart from the crowd, you’ll want to write a stellar UCF application essay. Don’t think that the fact that these essays are optional means they’re not important; they’re an additional opportunity to show why you’ll be a great addition to the student body!

In this guide, we’ll cover all the details of the UCF essay prompts, including how to answer them, what UCF is looking for, and a step-by-step guide to make your essay as strong as it can be.

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3 Tips for Writing Your Williams College Supplement

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 23, 2019 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

Williams is among the most selective colleges in the country, with an acceptance rate of 15 percent. As part of your Williams application, you’ll need to respond to the Williams writing supplement.

In this article, we’ll cover the three questions that make up the Williams writing supplement, offer suggestions for what to write about in your essay, and give you tips for crafting the best essay possible.

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5 Tips for Writing a Great UPenn Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 23, 2019 2:00:00 PM

College Essays

The University of Pennsylvania requires all first year applicants to submit a personal essay as well as a Penn-specific essay. If you’re hoping to be one of the 8% of students admitted to Penn every year, your UPenn essay is an important part of your application. You’ll need to make sure your essays are strong to increase your chances of admission.

In this article, we’ll go over the UPenn essay logistics - covering exactly what you need to write for each college you’re applying to at UPenn. Then, we’ll break down each prompt, offering suggestions for what to write about. Finally, we’ll give tips on how to write an amazing UPenn essay that’ll help you get into your dream school. 

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4 Tips for Writing a Great UIUC Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jan 23, 2019 1:00:00 PM

College Info, College Essays

Thinking of attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign? Then you've come to the right place. For this highly ranked public school, you'll need to submit a personal statement with your application. But what should you include in your UIUC essay to make you stand out?

Read on to learn what the current UIUC essay prompt is and how to write a great UIUC essay. We also show you a real UIUC essay example to give you an idea of what a great statement looks like.

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3 Tips for Writing Stellar UNC Chapel Hill Supplement Essays

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 21, 2019 1:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you’re applying for admission to UNC Chapel Hill, you’ll have to write a total of three essays as part of your application. Your UNC Chapel Hill supplemental essays are a great way to tell the admissions committee more about yourself while also showing your interest in UNC and your dedication to your education.

In this article, we’ll break down what the UNC essay prompts are, what you should talk about in each, and offer tips for writing great UNC supplemental essays.

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3 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Why Tulane Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 18, 2019 8:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you’re applying to Tulane University, you can choose to answer the Why Tulane optional statement as part of your application. The Why Tulane supplement essay asks you to explain why you want to attend Tulane.

In this article, we’ll talk about what the Why Tulane application is, whether you should answer it, and how to write a successful essay that’ll help increase your chances of admission.

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3 Expert Tips for the Boston University Supplement Essays

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Jan 15, 2019 3:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you’re applying to Boston University this year, you’ll have to respond to at least two Boston University essay prompts.

In this article, we’ll cover what the Boston University essay prompts are, how to answer them, and provide key tips for writing the best application essays possible.

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5 Tips for Writing an Incredible FSU Essay

Posted by Melissa Brinks | Jan 14, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Florida State University, or FSU, is a top-100 school and ranked number three in Florida Colleges. With a 56 percent acceptance rating, they’re considered to be a competitive school. That means you’ll need to impress them in your application, and a well-written FSU essay is one great way to go about it!

This guide will walk you through the FSU essay, including whether or not writing one is the right choice for you.

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5 Tips for Writing the Michigan State Admissions Essay

Posted by Ashley Robinson | Jan 13, 2019 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

So you’ve decided to apply to Michigan State University. You’ve made a great choice—not only is it one of the top public universities in the nation, 95% of undergraduates land jobs or go onto graduate school after graduation! Additionally, 25 of its undergraduate programs are ranked in the top 20 nationally, including the best supply chain management and logistics program in the country. And like most top schools, the MSU application requires you to submit an application essay.

This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about writing and submitting the Michigan State admissions essay, including:

  • A discussion of the Michigan State admissions standards,
  • Where to find the Michigan State application, and
  • Five tips to write a Michigan State admissions essay that will get you in.

So let’s get started!

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