Planning for College

Writing College Application Essays

Even if the school uses the Common Application, they're likely to ask additional materials such as a college essay, letters of recommendation, SAT or ACT scores, high school transcripts, etc.

Why do colleges want me to write an essay?

Many colleges and universities ask applicants to write a personal essay, usually about 300 to 500 words in length that supports their application. It's a way for the admissions officer to get a sense of who you are personally.

How do I know what to write my college essay about?

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Dos and Donts of writing college essays