Do College Essays Matter?

As students toil on their applications, they often wonder, do the essays make a difference?

The answer is YES, you bet those college essays matter! And they often help a student not only get into the college, they also help them pay for that college.

A Pacific Palisades mom recently reported to me that her child not only got into a top tier college, he also earned a substantial scholarship.

The student didn’t get the merit aid for athletics or academics or community service.  No, he was awarded the money because he wrote a great essay. How do I know that? Because the college actually said that in their scholarship letter!

As educational consultants, we know the value of a good essay. It’s not only a chance to stand out and get accepted by the college, it’s also a chance to make the college want you even more so that they’ll throw money at you.

Educational consultants offer many services for the college bound set, but one of those most important is guiding students with their essays. Give us a shout if you’re interested in learning more.

Juliet Giglio

Educational Consultant in Californiacollege essay turtle

Published by Mark Montgomery

Mark is a leading educational consultant. His experience as a professor, college administrator, and youth mentor help him guide students from around the country and around the world.

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  1. Hi Juliet,

    What do universities expect in our essays?

    I am an international student from Moldavia and I really need a scholarship, but I don’t think that I will receive one just if I’m fluent in 7 languages(English, French, Spanish, Portughese, Romanian, Russian, Italian). Also I want to take a gap year and to do volunteer work while studying German and Dutch. I want to go Princeton University.

    Thank you,

  2. Diana, thank you for your message. Colleges are looking for a lot of different things when it comes to essays but most importantly they want to know about you. They want to know who you are and what you would contribute to their community. If you are looking for assistance with your college essays or admissions process please let us know!

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