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The 7 UChicago Essay Prompts: How to Write Stellar Responses

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Oct 19, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

The University of Chicago is famous for its unique essay topics. They’re some of the most creative and off-the-wall essay prompts you’ll see when applying to colleges, and it can sometimes be confusing to know how to tackle them.

What should you write about in your UChicago essays? How can you show that you’re intelligent, creative, and worthy of a place at their school? Read on to learn all about the UChicago essays, what the admissions team expects to see in your responses, what topics you should write about, and which topics you should avoid. In this guide we also suggest sample essay ideas for each of the 2018/2019 UChicago supplement essay prompts and analyze past University of Chicago essay samples so you can see what a great UChicago essay looks like.

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3 Tips to Write a Perfect "Why Northwestern" Essay

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Oct 17, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays, College Info

Northwestern University is an excellent choice for college, but can you easily explain just why you want to go there? If you're planning to apply to Northwestern, you’ll need to submit a "Why Northwestern" essay—a supplemental statement that describes why you’ve chosen to apply to this school and what you think Northwestern can offer you in terms of your future goals.

In this article, we’ll go over what this kind of college essay entails as well as why you're required to submit a "Why Northwestern" essay. We'll also cover various topics and tips you can use to craft a compelling Northwestern supplement essay.

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3 Tips to Write Your Stanford Roommate Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 10, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

Are you preparing your college application for Stanford University? If so, you’ve probably heard about the Stanford roommate essay, which you must complete as part of your application. The Stanford roommate essay is a unique essay that asks every applicant to write a letter to their future roommate.

In this article, we’ll talk about what the Stanford roommate essay is, show several Stanford roommate essay examples, and offer tips for making your response stand out from the thousands of other Stanford applicants.

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4 Tips for a Standout "Why Yale" Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 8, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

For students applying to Yale, the “Why Yale” essay may seem straightforward, but can also be very intimidating due to its low word-count limit and the specific nature of the prompt.

You might be wondering what you can write to make sure your answer stands out from the crowd of applicants and helps your application get accepted.

In this article, we break down the “Why Yale” essay, explain everything the university is looking for in this essay, suggest topics to write about that’ll help you stand out, and give a “Why Yale Essay” sample to get inspiration from another student’s answer.

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How to Write Stellar Stanford Essays: 3 Expert Tips

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 6, 2018 7:00:00 PM

College Essays

Are you hoping to be one of the 5% of students admitted to Stanford this year? If so, you’ll need to write some amazing essays as part of your application.

In this article, we’ll outline the different types of essays you need to write for your Stanford University application and teach you how to write an essay that will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants.

 

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How to Write a Stand-Out "Why Columbia" Essay

Posted by Hayley Milliman | Oct 3, 2018 1:00:00 PM

College Essays

 

One of the essays that you’ll have to write when applying to Columbia University is the “Why Columbia” essay. In this essay, you’ll need to convince the admissions committee that Columbia is your dream school and that you’d be a great fit on the campus.

The “Why Columbia” essay question can be intimidating for many students.You might be wondering: what should I mention? What does the admissions committee want to hear from me?

In this article we’ll breakdown the “Why Columbia” essay, explaining in detail what the prompt asks and what the committee wants to hear. We’ll also show “Why Columbia” essay examples and explain they work. Finally, we’ll suggest some topics for your essay and give tips on how to write your college admissions essays.

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How to Write the Perfect Harvard Essay: 3 Expert Tips

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 28, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays, College Info

Aiming for the world-renowned Harvard University? As part of the application to this prestigious Ivy League school, you'll have the option to submit a supplemental essay. But what should you write about for your Harvard essay? What are the different Harvard essay prompts to choose from, and how should you answer one so you can give yourself your best shot at getting in?

In this guide, we give you advice for each Harvard essay prompt as well as tips on whether you should choose a particular prompt. But before we look at the prompts, let’s go over what Harvard actually requires in terms of essays.

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Writing the Why NYU Essay

Posted by Laura Staffaroni | Sep 27, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you're applying to New York University, you'll need to submit both the regular Common App materials as well as the NYU supplement, which includes a short essay. At its heart, the NYU essay prompt asks you to answer a single straightforward question: why do you want to go to NYU?

In this article, we'll fully analyze the "Why NYU?" essay prompt and what successful essays need to accomplish. We'll also go over potential topics to write about and look at the essay that got me into NYU's College of Arts and Science.

First, however, we'll begin with a quick discussion of why schools ask students to write "why this school?" essays

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4 Tips for Writing a Stand-Out Why UChicago Essay

Posted by Christine Sarikas | Sep 26, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

For students applying to the University of Chicago, the “Why UChicago” essay is more straightforward than most of the other essay prompts you’ll see, but it can still be intimidating to try to figure out how you should tackle this essay.

What should you mention? What will impress the admissions team? What are they really looking for in your response?

We break down the why UChicago essay, explain everything the University of Chicago is looking for in this essay, suggest topics to write about that’ll help you stand out, and give why UChicago essay examples to help get your creative juices flowing.

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The Complete Guide to the Princeton Supplement

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Sep 25, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays, College Info

Got your heart set on Princetonthe #1 ranked university in the US? Then you’ll need to learn how to write amazing Princeton essays for your Princeton Supplement, a key part of your application for admission.

In this detailed guide, we go over the different types of essays you’ll be required to write for your Princeton application and provide you with some expert tips on how to write your most effective and unique essay possible.

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College Essay Prompts: Complete List, Analysis, and Advice

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Aug 28, 2018 8:30:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

When talking about college essays, we tend to focus on the Common Application prompts, and it's true that many students will need to write a Common App essay. However, there are actually quite a few schools, including both public and private universities, that don't use the Common App and instead ask applicants to respond to their own college essay prompts.

Luckily, college essay prompts tend to be pretty similar to each other. In this guide, I'll list all the college essay questions for popular schools in the US (and a few abroad) and then break down the patterns to help you brainstorm topics and plan how to approach multiple essays efficiently. After reading this guide, you'll be able to strategize which essays you'll write for which colleges.

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How to Write a Perfect UC Essay for Every Prompt

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Aug 13, 2018 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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Complete Strategies: Common App Essay Prompts (2018-19)

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jul 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you’re applying to more than one or two colleges, there's a good chance you'll have to use the Common Application, and that means you’ll probably have to write a Common App essay.

In this guide, I’ll cover everything you need to know about the essay. I'll break down every single Common App essay prompt by covering:

  • What is the question asking?
  • What do college admissions officers want to hear from you?
  • What topics can you write about effectively?
  • What should you avoid at all costs?

This will be your complete starting guide for Common App essays. At the end of reading this, you should have a lot of ideas for your own essays and directions to write a really strong personal statement.

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How to Write a Diversity Essay: 4 Key Tips

Posted by Hannah Muniz | Jul 12, 2018 12:00:00 PM

College Essays

If you’re applying to college, you've probably heard the phrase "diversity essay" once or twice. This type of essay is a little different from your typical "Why this college?" essay. Instead of focusing on why you've chosen a certain school, you'll write about your background, values, community, and experiences—basically, what makes you special.

In this guide, I explain what a diversity college essay is, what schools are looking for in this essay, and what you can do to ensure your diversity essay stands out.

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How to Write a Great College Essay, Step-by-Step

Posted by Alex Heimbach | Jul 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

College Admissions, College Essays

Writing your personal statement for your college application is an undeniably overwhelming project. Your essay is your big shot to show colleges who you are — it’s totally reasonable to get stressed out. But don’t let that stress paralyze you. 

This guide will walk you through each step of the essay writing process to help you understand exactly what you need to do to write the best possible personal statement. I'm also going to follow an imaginary student named Eva as she plans and writes her college essay, from her initial organization and brainstorming to her final edits. By the end of this article, you'll have all the tools you need to create a fantastic, effective college essay.

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