How to Write a Great College Application Essay | CollegeXpress

Later in his piece, Steven notes that the college essay may be more of a psychological outlet than a practical asset in the college application process, since it's one of the only things that's still in the applicant's control during the fall of their senior year (most of their transcript and scores are already behind them.) Joie Jager-Hyman said she agreed with that assessment. "There’s so much anxiety right now in the air," she said. "It’s the thing they feel like they have power over." She also noted that focus on the essay could help kids become better writers in the long-run, even if it might not necessarily make or break their college admissions chances, and "that's not totally a bad thing."

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Sure, the admissions folks might be glad to get through a short essay quickly, but a beautifully crafted 600-word essay is going to make a more meaningful impression and lasting impression than a good 300-word essay. The length limit on the Common Application went from 500 words to 650 words in 2013 for a reason: member colleges wanted their applicants to have more space to write about themselves.


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The question sounds simple, but college admissions officers see the five mistakes below all too frequently. As you write your supplemental essay for your college applications, be sure to steer clear of these common blunders.