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Our Best Advice for College Application Essays

We've gathered our best blogs and articles on writing your college application essay. Learn how to start, get insider tips on what NOT to do, and more!

We’ve talked about application essays a lot over the years—what to write, what not to write, what to do when you’re ready to pull your hair out and quit at life. That’s why we gathered all the juicy application essay advice up so you can find it in one handy place. Right here!

How to start your application essay

Real-world application essay examples

  • Application Essay Example: The Beard: The essay a student submitted with his application to Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and it helped him gain admission there. Check out the essay, then make sure you read our tips!
  • Application Essay Example: Playing Dress Up: The essay a student submitted with her application to St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, and it helped her gain admission there. Check out the essay, then make sure you read our tips!
  • Application Essay Example: The Surgeon: The essay a student submitted with his application to Loyola University New Orleans. He is a graduate of The American School in Switzerland. Check out the essay, then make sure you read our tips!
  • Application Essay Example: Small Town: The essay a student submitted with her application to The University of Tampa in Florida, and it helped her gain admission there. Check out the essay, then make sure you read our tips!
  • Application Essay Example: Why They Call it Fishing: The actual essay a student submitted with his application to Willamette University in Oregon, and it helped him gain admission there. Check out the essay, then make sure you read our tips!
  • Admission Essay Example: Ball of Yarn: The essay a student submitted with her application to Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois, and it helped her gain admission there. Check out the essay, then make sure you read our tips!

Inside information from the admission office

Do’s, don’ts, and serious essay fails

More helpful essay tips

Find articles and advice about every aspect of your college applications in our College Admission section. 

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