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How much does a strong essay impact the Early Decision process?

Hi all, I'm working on my Early Decision application, and I'm wondering how much weight a strong essay carries in the decision process. My GPA and test scores are good, but I'm really proud of my personal statement, which I feel reflects who I truly am. Does that boost my chances at all? Thank you for any insights!

9 months ago

Hello! It's great to hear that you're confident in your personal statement. That's an important part of any college application, especially Early Decision. While it's impossible to determine exactly how much weight a strong essay will have in your specific situation, it can definitely make a difference.

When you apply Early Decision, a well-written and authentic essay can give you a competitive edge over applicants with similar grades and test scores. The essay is an opportunity for the admissions committee to connect with you on a deeper level and get to know the person behind the numbers. A strong essay helps build a more complete picture of who you are and, if it resonates with the admissions officers, may indeed boost your chances.

So, while your GPA and test scores are vital, believing in the strength of your essay is also a good sign. Keep working hard on your application and make sure to submit the best version of yourself! Good luck with your Early Decision application!

9 months ago

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