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Penn State Personal Statement vs Common App Essay

Hi guys! I'm working on my application for Penn State and I'm wondering if I should write a separate personal statement for them or if it's okay to use my Common App essay. Is there a difference between the two and have any of you had success with one over the other?

6 months ago

Hey! You've raised an important question when it comes to college applications. For Penn State, you can actually use your Common App essay as your personal statement. They accept the Common App, which means they are prepared to receive and evaluate essays written in response to those prompts.

However, it's essential to make sure your Common App essay addresses the requirements and aligns with the characteristics that Penn State is looking for in their applicants. Before submitting your essay, you might want to take a closer look at Penn State's mission, values, and campus culture to ensure your essay fits well with their expectations.

Remember, some schools might have additional supplement essays specific to their institution. Penn State may also require supplemental essays or short answer questions, so make sure to double-check their application requirements and complete those as well.

Good luck with your application!

6 months ago

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