Writing the College Application Essay: No Salespeople Allowed

When writing their college application essays, students will sometimes feel compelled to spell out exactly what they are thinking, which is often some variation of, “I’ve got great test scores, a 4.2 GPA, and I served Thanksgiving dinners at the local shelter every year. How can you not accept me?” While this feeling may be […]

The College Application Essay: Authenticity is the Key

A recent survey among New York colleges found: Authenticity is more than twice as likely to fall within the top three criteria used by admissions professionals to evaluate college application essays as grammar and punctuation. Authenticity is also more than three times as important as a student’s ability to relate impressive experiences or credentials. Admissions […]