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College Essay Help Resources 

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Background information about the college admission essay:


Background info about this year’s changes to The Common Application Essay prompts:

The link to the Common Application prompts, the college essay prompts:


Interview with Vanderbilt Dean of Admissions about the new Common App prompts:


Writing the essay:

Harry Bauld's Book,
On Writing the College Application Essay, is a highly useful resource that guides you through the essay process. It is equipped with analysis of essays, good and bad, as well as tips to get started and tips on what makes a strong college essay.

This is a link for a review of the book:

Where you can buy the book:

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Accepted!:  50 Successful College Admission Essays by Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe

This book is a potentially good source of inspiration for your own essay, it provides great examples of essays. This book is available for Purchase in the accepted10percent store.   


Article that provides a basic overview for starting to write the essay:


Topics to avoid when writing the essay:


Mistakes to avoid when writing the essay:


College Essay Examples, Sample College Admissions Essays:'s exclusive college essay examples:

College Essay 1 from an accepted Columbia University student 

College Essay 2 from an accepted Columbia University student

College Essay 3 from an accepted NYU Stern and Boston College Student

College Essay 4 from an accepted Cornell, Georgetown, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Boston College Student

College Essay 5 from an accepted NYU Student 

College Essay 6 from an accepted Dartmouth and Wesleyan Student  

College Essay 7 from an accepted Northwestern, Washington University in St. Louis and Tufts Student

College Essay 8 from an accepted Princeton, Columbia, Dartmouth and University of Chicago Student

College Essay 9 from an accepted Brown University Student


Successful Supplemental College Essay Examples

Supplemental College Essay Example 1, University of Chicago

Supplemental College Essay Example 2, Why Columbia?, Columbia University

Supplemental College Essay Example 3, Why Cornell?, Cornell University

Supplemental College Essay Example 4, Stanford University 

Supplemental College Essay Example 5, Brown University 

Supplement, Dartmouth Peer Evaluation Example 


College example essays from various sources:


College essay examples from admitted Johns Hopkins students:


Opening lines that worked from Stanford Essays:


A college essay forum:


Supplemental Essay Links:

This is a resource that puts all supplemental college essay questions in one place, including scholarship and special program essay questions. This will prove to be a great time saving websites:


A Supplemental essay article with an example essay for Oberlin College:


How to answer the most common supplemental essay question, the “why” question:

For research for the "why" question, consult our college reviews.


Supplemental essays that worked at elite schools:


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