While not all colleges and universities require applicants to write an essay, for those that do, your essay becomes a pivotal piece of your application.
Because the college essay is such a vital part of most applications — and can be the one item that tips your application from wait-list to acceptance — there is a whole section on it later in this tutorial. (If you want to jump to that section now, go to: The College Application Essay(s).)
Your Goal? A well-written, well-developed, and thoroughly engaging essay (or essays) that showcases your personality, as well as value to the university.
Need help with any of the terms described on this page? If so, find the answers in our High School College-Bound and College Planning Glossary.
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