College Essays, College Application Essays - The College Board

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.

See an example of a college application essay, with a point-by-point critique.
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Many students trip over common obstacles in their college application essays. For example, many students can’t see beyond the superficial prompt to construct an essay that positively communicates their personality and passion. Some students rehash their activities and achievements without adding the personal flavor, perspective and substance that admissions officers look for. Learn how to avoid these and other damaging traps.


College Essay - Sample College Application Essay 2

See an example of a college application essay, with a point-by-point critique.
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The college application essay is a vital factor in determining if a student is admitted to college. Long gone are the days when high standardized test scores and a high GPA are enough. Now, students have to set themselves apart from the crowd with a stellar essay. What can a high school student do to ensure they write an exceptional college admissions essay? To start, they can read examples of college essays that were successful.