Great Grad School Application Essay Examples

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By popular demand: a nice collection of personal statements/letters of intent from accepted grad school applications. read more

How to Write a Personal Statement That Will Get You into College

Founder, Soaring Eagle College Consulting

Should you live on campus or off? Should you own a car or not? Which option is best (and cheapest)? Keep reading to figure out what's right for you. read more

The Ultimate Guide to College Applications: How to Stand Out from the Crowd

Vice President of Admission and Financial Aid, Endicott College

All that soul searching to find the perfect college has come down to this, your application. But what actually goes into that mythical document? read more

Which Common Application Essay Prompt is Right for You?

Managing Editor, Peterson's & EssayEdge

After sifting through thousands of Common App essays, it's clear that some prompts have more potential than others. read more

How to Sound Smart in Your Personal Statement

The College Essay Guy

These three tips will help you sound smart in your college application essays--just as smart as you really are. read more

Tips for Tackling the New Common App Essay Prompts

Essay Coach; Author

The folks over at the Common Application have decided to introduce a whole new set of essay prompts this year. That means that students, teachers, and essay coaches like myself are venturing into virgin territory. Let's all take a deep breath and see what these new prompts are actually asking you to do . . . read more

The 4 Biggest College Application Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

Student, Flathead High School

If you want an application that's watertight, here are four common mistakes to avoid. read more

In 250 Words...

Student, Community Academy of Science and Health

How are students supposed to condense their personality, their high school years--their entire life!--down to 250 words?! read more

Everything You Need to Know About College Application Essays


Real-world application examples, insider tips, do's and don'ts, and tons more! read more

Warning! These College Application Essay Ideas DON'T Work

Editor-in-Chief, Carnegie Communications

These are some bad college application essay #FAILs waiting to happen. read more