Writing the Successful College Application Essay: Tips for Success


Gaining entrance to just about any college continues to get harder as more and more applicants are applying for a limited number of spaces. How can you improve your chances of being admitted to the college or university of your choice? By writing a stellar personal essay as part of your college application. How you write your personal essay shows the admissions committee why you are different from everybody else. It provides information about you that test scores, grades, and extracurricular pursuits just cannot. You can use the essay to describe a favorite activity, to tell a story about yourself, or even a story about your dog, but make sure to really use it in a way that captures the reader’s attention and shows that you are exceptional. It may only be 500 words, but the admissions essay portion of the college application can mean the difference between acceptance and rejection.

How do you write a college application essay? Writing the college application essay can be one of the most daunting parts of applying to college. To help you get started, check out these thoughts on brainstorming ideas choosing a topic, and how to write an effective and powerful essay. Once you’ve gone through the three steps take a look at the five free sample college application essays.


The most important part of your essay is the subject matter. You should expect to devote about 1-2 weeks simply to brainstorming ideas. To begin brainstorming a subject idea, consider the following points. From brainstorming, you may find a subject you had not considered at first.

  1. What are your major accomplishments, and why do you consider them accomplishments? Do not limit yourself to accomplishments you have been formally recognized for since the most interesting essays often are based on accomplishments that may have been trite at the time but become crucial when placed in the context of your life.
  1. Does any attribute, quality, or skill distinguish you from everyone else? How did you develop this attribute?
  1. Consider your favorite books, movies, works of art, etc. Have these influenced your life in a meaningful way? Why are they your favorites?

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