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2) An essay that is required as part of the application for colleges where you are applying.
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College admissions officers know that excellent students have a diverse range of experiences, skill sets, and goals. For this reason, they will often select anywhere from a handful to a significant minority of students who have less than average test scores or otherwise do not meet the minimum requirements of the school. The reason for this is that the applicant’s college application essay demonstrated the passion, sense of purpose, and quality of experience and character that the school is seeking in its student body.


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Our online application includes a required short essay (250-750 words) as well as an optional personal statement (750 words maximum). This is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee anything you think they should know. Please note that our application form is the only application form the College of Charleston will accept. We do not accept the Common Application. If you can’t use our online application, please contact us to make arrangements to apply another way.