Tag: personal statements

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

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Student, Flathead High School

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

In 250 Words...

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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

Warning! These College Application Essay Ideas DON'T Work

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Editor-in-Chief, Carnegie Communications

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

Navigating the Graduate School Application Process

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Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Director of Graduate Enrollment Services, Marymount University

You found the perfect grad school . . . now you just have to apply. An admission expert shares her top four tips for doing so. read more

Application Essay Example #5: Why They Call it Fishing

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This is the actual essay a student submitted with his application to Willamette University in Oregon, and it helped him gain admission there. read more

Why Your College Application Essay Matters

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Vice President for Enrollment and University Communications, Willamette University

Worried about writing the "perfect" college application essay? Guess what: admission officers don't want perfect! One admission insider explains. read more

Learn from My College Application Mistakes: The Application Essay/Personal Statement

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Editor-in-Chief, Carnegie Communications

Your college application essay or personal statement is one of the best ways to set yourself apart in the admission process. Here, someone who's been there shares the mistakes she made on hers -- so you can avoid them. read more

Application Essay Example #1: The Beard

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This is the actual 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 below! read more

Application Essay Example #3: The Surgeon

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This is the essay a student submitted with his application to Loyola University New Orleans. He is a graduate of The American School in Switzerland. read more

Why Your English Paper Doesn't Make a Strong College Essay

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President, Wow Writing Workshop

Year after year, students send us college application essays to review that were written for an English class. Most of the essays earned A's . . . but not a single one was ready to submit with a college application. read more