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How important are college essays?

College essays can help you stand out from the rest, and they often can make the difference between a rejection and acceptance.

Essays are 25% of your application

Grades alone won’t get you accepted to your dream school. The college essay is an important piece — making up about a quarter of your college application. Essays help you stand out from the rest.

Show your personality outside of grades

Admissions officers want to see well-rounded students, and your essay is one place you can showcase your unique view of the world and the experiences that have led you to where you are.

Become memorable to admissions officers

Admissions officers only spend a few minutes on each application. This is why you need a stand-out essay to be memorable when it comes to your eventual application decision.

Manage all your essays

You will most likely have several different essays to write for each school. We make it easy to find each one and keep track in our essay manager.


Get tips from the experts

We’ve helped with over 100,000 college essays — so we’ve seen it all and we know what works. Check out our essay tips for the top 100 schools.

Use our expert writing guides

We’ve broken down college essays into a few different types and written a guide for each. These guides allow you to understand what admissions officers are looking for and save time by grouping your essays into archetypes.


Create a balanced list

In order to ensure you end up at a college you love, you need to create a balanced list of reach, target, and safety schools that you will enjoy attending. We’ll help you build a balanced school list and understand your real chances.

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How should you start writing your essays?

Your essays can help boost your applications significantly. We’re experts at the college essay, having helped thousands of students craft compelling essays that stand out during the admissions process. When you create a free account, you can find all the essays you need to write for the schools on your list and manage the essay writing process.

Understand the different types of essays

There are only a few different types of college essays, even if the prompts themselves differ. By understanding what type of essay you’re writing, you can be sure you’re answering the real question admissions officers are asking.

Read examples of strong essays

Reading successful essays helps you brainstorm and understand how yours might stack up. Read some examples on our blog or watch our videos to get exposed to more examples and tips.

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Write your first drafts and get feedback

Then, start writing! You may not strike gold in your first draft, but getting something down on paper will help you brainstorm and refine your thoughts. Make sure to get feedback from someone who understands college essays specifically.

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