How to write the why school essay

Recorded Monday, December 6 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.
0:58@raj.123:we can hear and see u
1:21@Arvind:Yes video audio ok
15:39@Edi737:The school I’m applying to is the only one that offers atmospheric science in the area I live. It is okay if I mention that in my essay?
16:24@hansary:what do you mean by supporting information?
17:31@Ousmane:If i would like to add a club to their school, should I add that to my essay?
42:21@liv3948:How would you suggest we connect ourselves to the program/school if we have not done significant research outside of school?
45:08@Bobby1:Will a recording be available?
45:37@jessimallida:Can you elaborate more in show rather than tell?
49:20@jessimallida:Thank you :)
50:32@Ousmane:Do you have any other essay examples from UPENN. I really love that school and really want to be able to show how much I want to go there.
53:26@debg:can you say more about how to show vs tell in a very short 'Why school' question?
54:18@Tracey:Can you talk about how to answer when you are undecided about major?


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