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Your college essay is your opportunity to personalize your application and make yourself stand out from the other applicants.
Select your topic for the essay from the choices listed below or use one from an application you obtained during college visits. This assignment should be practical. Therefore, if you know a specific topic on an application for a college to which you are applying, feel free to use that topic.
At the top of the essay, type the topic you have chosen from our list or from your application. The essay prompts listed below have appeared on the common application and on applications from individual colleges.
1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
2. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
4. Describe a character in fiction, an historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
5. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
6. Topic of your choice. Be sure to type at the top of the essay the topic from the application.
The essay will demonstrate to the admissions staff your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself. It presents you in a way different from the way courses, grades, test scores and other objective data can. You must proofread carefully and revise the essay very well. A well-written essay may make a major difference in your being accepted and possibly receiving scholarships. Careless errors will make a poor impression, may cost you admission, and may eliminate a chance for a scholarship. A weak essay will jeopardize your grade in English for the first semester.
Follow the format provided on the sample found here. Be neat and accurate. Be sure your name appears on the resume. Margins of each category must be uniform. Provide information through junior year. If you know what your senior activities (clubs, offices, sports, employment, volunteer work, etc.) will be, include that information also.