How to write the why school essay

Recorded Monday, October 18 at 11:00 PM

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What are admissions committees really asking when they ask why you want to attend their university? To find out, join Yesh for this breakdown of the ‘Why this school?’ prompt archetype, including: what admissions officers are looking for, how to research school-specific info, and general tips for writing.

Yesh will also open up the floor for a Q&A session to answer any questions you may have about ‘Why this school?’ essays or the application process in general.

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Undergrad College: Boston University '20

Major: Medical Science

Graduate College: Boston University School of Medicine

Work Experience: I've been working at CollegeVine for 3 years mentoring students through BS/MD and undergraduate admissions. I am currently a medical student and have done research at Boston Medical Center, Dana-Farber, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Yesh and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
4:43@areebah:I cant see or hear
4:49@tatianaenos:i can see/hear you!
4:52@fani:I still can hear and see
12:34@marci:Is this recorded?
17:00@fani:Do you guys have captions on the recorded versions
17:39@fani:Can you show us examples of good why us essays
24:34@fani:Shold you always try to get close to the word limit on these essays or is it okay if you are over a 100 words short?
41:54@saruhhh:So I struggle to name-drop in my essays because it always feels like I'm interrupting the flow. Is it necessary to name-drop, or is it enough to simply speak in detail about things the school offers without mentioning like specific courses and professors? Or do you have any tips to name-drop seamlessly?
44:33@fani:How do you learn specific professor's names and all of this information? Is it all on the school's websites?
46:40@CharlesBhaskaran:Is it alright to mention personal values if they are political like the women's rights portion?
48:08@LilyWang:Would you please show the Part 8/8 again?
48:59@fani:What if you don't exactly know what major you want to do, how do you relate to the programs
50:38@fani:I plan on being pre-med and I know what field i wanna go into but not the specific major
55:56@fani:can you send the essay editing engine again where you get your essay back in 4 hours
56:15@saruhhh:Is it a problem to talk about one part of yourself throughout your app? I do a tooon of art (ecs, national awards, course-load), so a lot of my life revolves around art. If I write about art for my why major and the extracurricular activities essay, but reveal different values in each essay, is that okay
58:17@saruhhh:yesss, studio art or architecture
59:38@fani:can you send the essay editing engine again where you get your essay back in 4 hours
60:28@saruhhh:Thank you so much!
61:00@fani:what if you want to talk about a program you applied for but you don't get in
61:44@fani:like what if i talk about their bsmd program but? is that okay or shold i talk about their school in general
62:15@marci:How much do you start at for essay review?
62:45@fani:like what if i talk about their bsmd program but? is that okay or shold i talk about their school in general


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