A Quick Guide to Writing Common Application Essays

The only problem: How can you write an essay for your Princeton application that demonstrates your accomplishments, communicates your passion for Princeton, and exhibits a clear personal voice and style — all wrapped up in a tiny word count? Check out our guide to answering the 2016-2017 Princeton University supplemental essays.

2017-18 Common Application Essay Prompts: A Guide.
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College Essay Advisors Founder and Chief Advisor, Stacey Brook, walks you through everything you need to know about the first prompt for the 2016-2017 Common Application. Learn what this prompt is really asking, and discover some key tricks and strategies for picking the perfect topic. Writing about your background, identity, interests, or talents doesn't have to be intimidating! For more tips and advice on the Common App essays:

- Check out our guide to all the 2016-2017 prompts:
- Watch our tutorial on writing a Common App Personal Statement:
- Get more info or talk to a personal advisor at
- Stay tuned for more information on the other prompts, coming soon!


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A Guide to the Common Application Essay Prompts
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The guidelines for the current Common Application state that essays should fall between 250 and 650 words. Not all college counselors agree with me, but I'm of the opinion that a tight and compelling 600 word essay can help your application more than a similarly well written 300 word essay. Colleges that ask for essays have . In other words, they want to get you as a person, not as a simple empirical matrix of grade and test score data. You'll be able to paint a much more detailed portrait of yourself if you opt for the longer end of the length range. Alexander's essay comes in at 612 words, and the essay isn't wordy, fluffy, or repetitive. .