The College Application Essay by Sarah Myers McGintyRevised edition of a classic bestseller, previous editions have sold over 100,000 copies, that helps college-bound students write great application essays.
This new edition of the classic bestseller is a treasure for students who want to write vivid, distinctive essays and personal statements to support their college applications. The College Application Essay builds on what students have already learned in high school to strengthen their writing skills, and then applies those lessons to college applications in particular. In a friendly, conversational tone, the guide helps students find their voice and be heard on paper by emphasizing both the thinking process and the technical work of writing.
This revised edition includes dozens of current essay questions and topics, with multiple response strategies; advice from admissions directors and guidance professionals, who offer wisdom and insights about how applicants essays are evaluated; and sample essyas written by real students. A new guide for parents shows how they can support - without interfering in - the writing process.
The College Application Essay
I really slow down over that," says Thyra Briggs, vice president and dean of admission at Harvey Mudd College. Briggs is acknowledging the importance of the essay in differentiating applicants. Of course, as in all admission offices, the transcript is the primary source of information about an applicant. But after that, when admission counselors want a sense of the person behind the paper, when they are looking for the match between institution and applicant, essays can make the case. Harvey Mudd's process is its own, but it is not entirely different from that of other colleges. In most admission offices, grades, and courses — the transcript — are where evaluation begins. Then other factors are taken into account: talents, recommendations, activities, testing, special circumstances, a portfolio or supplemental materials, an audition, an interview.
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