What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

Is it appropriate to use swear words in my college essay?

Hey all! I'm working on my college essay, and there's a particular moment I want to talk about that involves some strong language. Can I use a swear word in the context of quoting what was said, or should I try to find a more polite alternative? Thanks!

9 months ago

Hi there! It's great that you're thinking about the appropriateness of using strong language in your essay. In general, I would advise against using swear words if possible, as admissions officers come from a variety of backgrounds and comfort levels, and some might be put off by strong language. It's essential to make your essay as universally appealing as possible.

That being said, if this specific moment you want to share holds great significance in your essay and you think not including the swear word would weaken the impact, you could consider it. Just make sure that it is within context and serves a clear purpose. However, I still strongly suggest finding a more polite alternative to convey the same message. Remember, your essay is an opportunity to showcase your writing skills and unique character, so try to find a creative way to express that moment without resorting to using offensive language. Good luck on your essay!

9 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.