Take a look at the 2017-2018 Coalition Application essay prompts!

The Common Application essay prompts came out last week; today, we wanted to take a look at a list of the Coalition Application essay prompts. The Coalition Application website recommends that each prompt be answered in  300-400 words, and strongly recommends that you do not exceed 500-550 words. Here are the prompts: Tell a story from your life, […]

The Common Application Apologizes to Counselors for Glitches in Releasing New Version

Today the Common Application sent an email to all counselors apologizing for causing havoc for both students and member colleges–which has caused panic in the offices of college counselors everywhere. It’s a good letter, so I’m posting it here in its entirety.

How To Write the Perfect College Essay–Grab Some Attention

When writing a college essay, it’s crucial to grab the reader’s attention from the get-go. Make your essay stand out by opening your essay with a zinger in the first line.

How To Write The Perfect College Essay–Paint A Picture

What makes a painting come to life? Details! So it is with your college essay. You need to paint a picture that includes interesting details that make your story a pleasure to read.

How to Write the Perfect College Essay–Tell a Good Story

At the heart of every college essay is a good story. Everyone loves a good story, but what are the elements that make it good. Reflecting on these elements can help you improve your essay and thus your chances of acceptance at your top choice university.

How to Write The Perfect College Essay–Consider Your Audience

Any writer has to consider the audience for whom they are writing. Your college essay is no different. Think long and hard about how the admissions officer will approach the process of reading your personal statement. And then prepare to give that person a whiz-bang piece of prose.

How to Write the Perfect College Essay for the Common Application–Transition to Adulthood

Mark’s final post in a series on essays explore the prompt in which students are asked to recount an incident that marks their transition from childhood to adulthood.

How to Write the Perfect College Essay for the Common Application–A Place or Environment

The new college essay prompts for the Common Application are much more narrow than they have been in the past. However, some of the questions are new takes on questions that have sometimes appeared on various essay supplements. Thus it’s hard to say that these new prompts are all that “new.” We’ve been looking at […]

How to Write the Perfect College Essay for the Common Application–Beliefs and Ideas

Mark continues his examination of the Common Application college essay prompts. This one focuses on the “belief or idea” prompt.

How to Write the Perfect College Essay for the Common Application–Writing About Failure

One of the new Common Application prompts asks you to recount a time in which you failed. This essay requires that you show both humility and maturity.