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College Essays

How to Write a College Application Essay
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By Kevin McMullin
September 13, 2021 | 3 minute read

The college essay often feels like a treasure hunt where every applicant is searching for an elusive magic formula. I’ll let you off the hook—there isn’t one. If there were one perfect...

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How Important Is the Common App essay?
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By Kevin McMullin
September 6, 2021 | 3 minute read

Of the nearly 900 colleges that invite first-year applicants to apply using the Common Application, many—but not all—require that you include a written essay responding to one of seven...

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How to Write the “Academic Interests” Supplemental Essay
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By Casey Near
August 25, 2021 | 6 minute read

If you’re a senior starting to work on supplemental essays for college applications this fall, it’s likely you’ve encountered some version of this question: what do you want to study,...

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How to Start a Personal Statement Essay
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By Kevin McMullin
August 18, 2021 | 3 minute read

Give them a glimpse of the story to come. First impressions matter, in life and in college essays. When you apply to college, you have an engaged audience in an admissions reader,...

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Doing the "Why Us?" Supplemental Essay Well
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By Casey Near
August 5, 2021 | 3 minute read

This is the classic supplemental essay question – "Why are you interested in us?" – and it's a tricky one to do well. Colleges want to make sure you've been an astute college shopper. ...

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Five Ways to Go Wrong in College Essays
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By Kevin McMullin
July 28, 2021 | 3 minute read

Editor’s note: For students looking to get ahead with college essays this summer, we’re bringing back some of our favorite (and best) advice on the topic from our founder Kevin McMullin....

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