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Can I tailor my Common App essays for different schools?

Okay, so I've got this one Common App essay that I’m polishing, but I’m considering tailoring it a bit when applying to different schools to better align with their values and vibe. Does anyone know if we can submit varied versions of our main Common App essay to different colleges, or do we have to send the exact same one to each?

7 months ago

Hey there! Great question – I can totally understand wanting to personalize your essay for each college. However, the Common Application allows you to submit one version of your main essay to all the schools to which you're applying. It might seem like a one-size-fits-all situation, but there's a bit of a silver lining.

This setup actually challenges you to write a compelling and broad-reaching personal statement that can impress a wide audience. If you want to tailor your application to specific schools, you can still do this in the supplemental essays that many colleges require. Those give you the perfect opportunity to speak directly to each school's unique characteristics. Keep refining that main essay – make it as strong as possible! Good luck!

7 months ago

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