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How to Write a Creative College Essay That Stands Out

By Amelia BienstockJanuary 8, 2016
You might have a "great" admissions essay about the time you volunteered in Haiti for five days stuffed in your cannon, ready... More  →
How to Write a Creative College Essay That Stands Out

The 15 Worst Sentences to Begin a College Essay

By Noah AppelbaumNovember 30, 2015
There are plenty of good guides to beginning a college admissions essay. This isn't one of them. When you find yourself tearing your... More  →
The 15 Worst Sentences to Begin a College Essay

The Top 30 Worst College Essay Topics

By Jon_SkindzierSeptember 23, 2015
If getting into college is like applying for a job, and your grades are like your resume, then your college essay is... More  →
The Top 30 Worst College Essay Topics

Nail That College Application Essay Using Only Your Brain Nugget and a Superhero Narrative

By Sean McCarthyNovember 6, 2014

You have locked yourself away in the attic for four long days, and all you have to show for it is

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Nail That College Application Essay Using Only Your Brain Nugget and a Superhero Narrative

The Dos and Don'ts Of Writing Your College Application Essay

By Audrey MurrayOctober 30, 2014
If you’re like most people, sitting down to write your college essay is a great way to get some serious flossing done.... More  →
The Dos and Don'ts Of Writing Your College Application Essay

What We Learned From Writing College Admissions Papers

By Janet ManleyJanuary 21, 2014
For those of you tackling your college applications, we've rounded up some of our fav sploggers to find out what they wrote... More  →
What We Learned From Writing College Admissions Papers

The DOs and DON'Ts of Writing a College Admission Essay

By Jason SaenzDecember 12, 2013
If you're a senior, this winter break is the perfect time to write that college essay you've been putting off for weeks—to... More  →
The DOs and DON'Ts of Writing a College Admission Essay

College Essays: The World I Came From

By Lauren PassellDecember 20, 2012
The Prompt: Describe the world you come from, for example, family, friends, school, city, etc., and describe how that has shaped your dreams... More  →
College Essays: The World I Came From

College Essays: Compassion

By Lauren PassellDecember 13, 2012
Prompt: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment... More  →
College Essays: Compassion