Do admissions officers read essays? | Applying To College

I feel that so many people had very negative experiences with their college searches. I graduated a few years ago, but I remember looking and narrowed my search down by size and distance and went from there. I spent a lot of time online reading to get my own statistics and walked around campuses myself. After sending in applications, (and being accepted to my “first choice”, I did the official tour, and had my list of questions that was no longer hypothetical, because my plan was to go there. I loved my school enough to become a tour guide and, while I knew most of the factual information that parents and students would ask, our admissions staff encouraged us to talk about our experiences, professors, classes, activities, etc…not recite a script. Many students would come to campus as freshmen and remember their tour guides from their initial visit…

Admissions officers don't read the essays.
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The process is the same in each of the two admissions cycles—restrictive early-action (November 1-December 15), and regular (January 1-April 1). Admissions officers do their reading, making notes in the time-tested Stanford method of mnemonics; CPE, for instance, means "See Personal Essay." In the latter half of the cycle, reading gives way to decision making. Committees composed of admissions officers (typically three or more) and either the dean or an assistant dean, who serves as chair, convene to hear officers present their candidates and field questions. Then there's a vote. If a majority agrees, the candidate is admitted; otherwise he or she is denied, put on the waitlist or moved to a larger committee for further review.


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I have written perviously Do admission officers of colleges which receive more than 20,000 applications (per year) read each and every essay of all applicants?
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2. Offer readers a story.
When I attend college admissions conferences, I almost always attend sessions on application essays, where college admissions officers talk about what they look for. Inevitably it is revealed that they love reading applicants' personal stories and anecdotes. Frankly, the stories can be about anything ranging from a conversation with a grandparent, to the best or worst day of your life, to a special talent or involvement or something that changed how you think. Stories help illustrate points that you may be trying to make to your readers and help show more about who you are as a person.