BU Admissions: How to Write an Application Essay That Stands Out

There are countless ways to write an excellent application essay. Within that massive variety of options, though, there is one constant: no matter your content or presentation, you need to write well. Regardless of what you write about and how you organize it, the ultimate success of any admissions essay hinges on its readability. Even the most compelling topic can be derailed by sloppy typos or confusing constructions. Likewise, a narrative based on a personal story can end up seeming impersonal and vague if it is not written in a clear, concise, and compelling fashion.

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The popular "topic of your choice" option had been removed from the Common Application between 2013 and 2016, but it's now back again for the 2017-18 admissions cycle. Use this option if you have a story to share that doesn't quite fit into any of the options above. However, the first six topics are extremely broad with a lot of flexibility, so make sure your topic really can't be identified with one of them. Also, don't equate "topic of your choice" with a license to write a comedy routine or poem (you can submit such things via the "Additional Info" option). Essays written for this prompt still need to have substance and tell your reader something about you. Cleverness is fine, but don't be clever at the expense of meaningful content.