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How do I approach writing the BU supplement?

Could use some advice here, folks. I've got my sights set on Boston University and I'm wondering how to approach their supplement essay. Any pointers on what BU is specifically looking for? Should I focus on why BU is a great fit for me or go more for how I can contribute to the campus community?

7 months ago

Based on your question, it sounds like you're planning to respond to the second option BU gives you, in which case you'll want to do both things you talked about: strike a balance between expressing your enthusiasm for BU and highlighting what you bring to the table. To do that, research specific programs, clubs, or initiatives at BU that align with your interests and experiences.

For example, if you're passionate about journalism, you might write about how BU's College of Communication is the perfect fit for honing your investigative skills, and you could discuss how you plan to contribute to the Daily Free Press.

Remember to be specific and personal—go beyond general statements about the school's reputation or location. Dig into the unique features of BU that really resonate with you, and then link these to concrete experiences you've had and what you've learned from them. This personalized approach will not only show BU that you've done your homework but also that you're a candidate who has something meaningful to offer.

If you'd like more guidance, you can check out CollegeVine's breakdown of BU's supplemental essay prompts: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-write-the-boston-university-essays. And once you have a draft, you can look into CollegeVine's free peer essay review service, or submit it for a paid review by a college admissions expert.

Best of luck with your application!

7 months ago

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