No doubt about it: the college essay is a top admissions concern — ranked by admissions officers as one of the application's most important elements* — and a pivotal factor between acceptance and denial.
The essay can also be the most challenging part of the application. Get it right, and it’s your opportunity to highlight academic achievements, illustrate passions and goals, and create an expressive, creative piece that stands out from the rest. Get it wrong and you risk falling victim to common, potentially calamitous mistakes.
Hear from College Coach experts — all former senior admissions officers — about the top 10 biggest college essay pitfalls, how you can avoid them, and how you can write an essay that keeps you on track for admissions success.
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* National Association for College Admissions Counseling, State of College Admission, 2011.