The college essay is your opportunity to set yourself apart from all the students
who have your same grade-point average, who have similar activities, and who
have the same SAT score as you and are applying to the same college. It is
your chance to let the admissions officers know who you are. Do
not underestimate the value that the essay holds for you and for the college
Essay requirements: Find the application essay
requirements for the top three colleges of your choice. For each school,
Name of the college
Application due date for early admission
Application due date for regular admission
Print out or write out the essay or essay choices for
each of the three schools. Attach the questions to this packet.
For help finding a college’s web site, visit Peterson’s
guide for the college bound (http://www.petersons.com/ugchannel/).
Enter the name of your college in the “Search by name field.”
To find application deadlines and essay/personal
statement requirements, visit the undergraduate admissions section of the
college’s web site. Within that section, look for the application or
information on applying. Most colleges will provide a sample or PDF of their
application. The essay or personal statement section of the application is
usually toward the end.
Web sites: Using the pathfinder, choose three web sites and
write an abstract of each, citing the major recommendations for college
Articles: Using EBSCOhost,
select two articles about writing college application essays. Write an
abstract of each article, citing the major recommendations for college
Books: Choose one of the books listed on the pathfinder. Skim through it, noting the major
recommendations. Read one example of a good college essay. Answer the
Title of book
Page and title of good college essay
Summary: List 10 recommendations for writing a good college essay
that you have gathered from the readings. List three things that you should
never write about in your college essay.