With that in mind, some information might be necessary to determine an appropriate approach to your own college application essay.
College application essays don't typically have a required length; however, there are a few things to keep in mind when determining how long your application essays should be.
So if you want to talk about the latest environmental disaster or the plight of a local ethnic tribe, make sure that story is about how that issue impacted you and shaped you as a person. Instead, provide real, specific examples to support your statements.
Your attention to detail will help make you more memorable to an admissions officer who has to read hundreds, if not thousands, of essays.
The first says you like something, while the second not only shows that you like something but also shows your level of commitment and your desire for challenge.
Of the two example sentences, which do you think maximizes your use of words and would be more interesting to admissions officers? If someone else can pick up your draft and say, “Hey, that’s about me, too,” then you know something is wrong. You’re trying to distinguish yourself from the others, remember? As you start writing, you’ll soon realize that 650 words is not a lot of space to talk about you. You are NOT supposed to write an autobiography cataloging everything in your life. We know you’re busy with tests and life, but, hey, this is your college application we’re talking about.
This essay is one of the most important parts of your application, and in some cases, especially for top-tiered schools, it is weighed as much as, or more than, your grades and test scores. It’s all in the story you craft, and we’re here to help you tell the best version of you! Your lack of passion will be evident in your writing.
So don’t pick a topic because everyone else is writing about it, especially if that subject matter is meaningless to you. Is that what you want admissions officers to think of you? You don’t know which admissions officers will be reviewing your essay.
Most of the schools also require or accept the Common Application essay. Essentially, you choose the schools you want to apply to, add them to your application list, fill in the general biographical information, upload or input academic records and standardized testing information, designate people to write you recommendations and upload the Common Application essay. Those links will lead you to a website where you can upload your art portfolio and additional documents.
We’ll discuss these additional requirements in another post.