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I hope that these four examples will help you see some ways to express yourself in your Common Application essay. I’ll leave you with a piece of advice that has been especially valuable to me over the years. It’s about how to come up with great ideas about which to write. “To understand the invisible, look close at the visible.”

See an example of a college application essay, with a point-by-point critique.
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Below you’ll find selected examples of essays that “worked,” as nominated by our admissions committee. These entries are distinct and unique to the individual writer; however, each of them assisted the admissions reader in learning more about the student beyond the transcripts and lists of activities provided in their applications.


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See an example of a college application essay, with a point-by-point critique.
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There are several things that college admissions officers look for when determining if a student will be a good fit for their institution. This includes the student's GPA, SAT or ACT scores, extra curricular activities, and their college application essay. To help students write a better college application essay, we have compiled a list of writing tips as well as examples of application essays that got it right.