Although every aspect of your college application is important, a strong college admission essay is one of the most important elements of the application. It is one of the final pieces of information that can influence admissions decisions, and it’s the only part of your application that is totally within your control. Your essay is also the only part of your application that is guaranteed to be unique; many other students may have the same GPA, nearly identical transcripts, or the same extracurricular activities as you, but none will have an essay like yours. Beyond helping you get in to school, well-written college admission essays can help students gain scholarships, grants and other financial aid. Investing the time to learn how to create a memorable essay can pay rich dividends.
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I found it interesting that Shawn mentions creativity twice. He seems to be signaling that admissions officers appreciate students who take some risks with the essay. Also important to note that he explicitly identifies the essay as the most important part of the application beyond the transcript, which reflects similar data published by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
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As my colleague Tamar Lewin , the admissions dean at Chicago, , was so enchanted by the essay, he sent it by e-mail message to thousands of applicants last week as the deadline for applications on Jan. 2 was approaching. He said he was sending it in hopes “that it lightens your mood, reduces any end-of-the-year stress and inspires your creative juices in completing your applications.”