College Essay Advice 2018-19 : 82 Posts by College Prep Experts

Writing a college essay may seem a daunting task. How does one create a personal statement that highlights one’s character and aspirations while being engaging? College prep companies charge to help students with the preparation of their college applications. Some like PrepScholar, CollegeVine, and CollegeXpress also share college essay advice and tips on their blogs.

 

This article contains links to 82 posts about writing college essays, most of them published this year. The first eight give general advice about how to compose a personal statement. The next three focus on the Common Application, Coalition Application and ApplyTexas essay prompts. The last 71 provide specific insights into how to write the application and supplemental essays for 62 popular colleges.

General advice and tips

Posts in this section focus on general information about how to write a college essay. They cover topics like brainstorming ideas, composing a good introduction, and mistakes to avoid.

 

How to write a great college essay, step-by-step by PrepScholar

How to come up with great college essay ideas by PrepScholar

What if I don’t have anything interesting to write about in my college essay? by CollegeVine

How to start a college essay perfectly by PrepScholar

Bad college essays: 10 mistakes you must avoid by PrepScholar

How to write a perfect “Why this College” essay by PrepScholar

101 college essay examples for 13 schools + expert analysis by PrepScholar

All the college application essay help you will ever need by CollegeXpress

 

How to approach the Common Application, Coalition Application, and ApplyTexas essays

The Common Application, Coalition Application, and ApplyTexas are online applications that are shared by multiple colleges. For instance, more than 750 schools accept the Common Application.  That means that if your child applies to at least two of those schools, they will share most of the information she/he enters in the application, even the college essay.

The posts below give experts tips on how to write the personal statements requested by each of these online applications.

Complete strategies: Common Application essay prompts (2018-19) by PrepScholar

How to write the Coalition application essays by CollegeVine

How to write perfect ApplyTexas essays by PrepScholar

 

Do you wish to know more about the Common Application, Coalition Application, and ApplyTexas? Here are a few helpful resources:

Complete guide: which schools use the Common Application? by PrepScholar

Which schools use the Coalition Application? Complete list by PrepScholar

ApplyTexas essay questions

 

Advice on how to write the essays requested by 62 popular colleges

Online applications help students by reducing the number of times they have to re-enter the same information and the number of essays they have to write. These systems also allow colleges to customize what they request from applicants. While some do not require a personal statement, many ask for one or more supplemental essays. Other schools maintain their online application and, therefore, have their own essay prompts. The list below includes 71 CollegeVine and PrepScholar posts that provide guidelines and tips on how to handle the application and supplemental essay prompts for 62 popular colleges.

 

Amherst College supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Auburn University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Baylor University supplement essay by CollegeVine

Boston College supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Boston University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Bowdoin College supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Brandeis University essays by CollegeVine

Brown University and PLME supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Caltech application essays by CollegeVine

Carnegie Mellon University essays by CollegeVine

Clark University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

 

Columbia

Columbia University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

How to write a stand-out “Why Columbia” essay by PrepScholar

 

Cornell University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Dartmouth College supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Drexel University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Duke University application essays by CollegeVine

Emory University application essays by CollegeVine

Florida State University essay by CollegeVine

Georgetown essay supplements by CollegeVine

Georgia Tech application essays by CollegeVine

 

Harvard University

Harvard University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

How to write the perfect Harvard essay : 3 expert tips by PrepScholar

 

Indiana University Bloomington essay by CollegeVine

Johns Hopkins University supplemental essay by CollegeVine

Michigan State University essays by CollegeVine

MIT application essay by CollegeVine

 

New York University

New York University application essay by CollegeVine

Writing the Why NYU essay by PrepScholar

 

North Carolina State – Raleigh essays by CollegeVine

Northwestern University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Pepperdine University essays by CollegeVine

Pomona College essays by CollegeVine

 

Princeton University

Princeton University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

The complete guide to the Princeton supplement by PrepScholar

 

Purdue University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Rice University application essays by CollegeVine

Southern Methodist University essays by CollegeVine

 

Stanford University

Stanford University application essays by CollegeVine

3 tips to write your Stanford roommate essay by PrepScholar

How to write stellar Stanford essays: 3 expert tips by PrepScholar

 

Swarthmore College supplemental essay by CollegeVine

Stevens Institute of Technology essay by CollegeVine

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry essay by CollegeVine

Syracuse University essays by CollegeVine

Texas A&M supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Tufts University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Tulane University supplemental essays by CollegeVine

 

University of California

University of California essay prompts by CollegeVine

How to write a perfect UC essay for every prompt by PrepScholar

 

University of Chicago

University of Chicago application essays by CollegeVine

4 tips for writing a stand-out Why UChicago essay by PrepScholar

 

University of Colorado Boulder essay by CollegeVine

University of Delaware essays by CollegeVine

University of Georgia application essays by CollegeVine

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign essays by CollegeVine

University of Michigan – Ann Arbor essays by CollegeVine

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill essays by CollegeVine

University of Notre-Dame admissions essays by CollegeVine

University of Pennsylvania application essays by CollegeVine

University of Pittsburgh applications essays by CollegeVine

University of Tulsa supplemental essays by CollegeVine

University of Virginia supplemental essays by CollegeVine

University of Washington application essays by CollegeVine

University of Wisconsin Madison application essays by CollegeVine

USC application essays by CollegeVine

Vanderbilt University application essay by CollegeVine

Williams College supplemental essays by CollegeVine

Wellesley College admission essay by CollegeVine

 

Yale University

Yale University application essays by CollegeVine

4 tips for a standout “Why Yale” essay by PrepScholar

 

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