Resources for the College-Application Essay Writer 


Recommended Reading & Viewing:


Four Practical Pointers

A quick list of essentials from an experienced essay-reader. 

Tufts Admissions Officers Speak

What's meaningful and memorable for the application reader.

"Standing Out From the Crowd"

Four college-application essays featured in The New York Times. 
(And four more!)

"The Essay, an Exercise in Doubt"

"[T]he real argument should be with oneself." [The New York Times]

"Two, Three Essays? More Can Mean Less"

On the value to colleges of supplement essays. [The New York Times]

"Essays That Worked" at Johns Hopkins

"We hope these essays inspire you as you prepare to compose your own personal statements."

Service and the Essay

On "the persistent vogue among secondary-school students for so-called service." [The New York Times]

The Essay Grows Up

When intellectual curiosity is in evidence, admissions officers take note. [The Huffington Post]

Tips from Admissions Officers

"Essays should be self-reflective. This is the difference between a good essay and a great essay." [The Huffington Post]

More Tips from Admissions

“Write about what you know. It is the little details that can be most revealing.” [The Boston Globe]

Good Advice from Yale

"Your perspective – the lens through which you view your topic – is far more important than the specific topic itself."

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