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What do you include in a writing portfoilio?

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I'm planning on majoring in English/ Writing and most of the colleges I am applying to want to see a writing portfolio out of me. What do I include? How many pieces should be in a portfolio? Is it okay to write about things like Feminism?

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This is going to depend to a certain extent on the schools you are applying to. The first thing to do is to check the school's website and see if it gives any guidelines. If it does not, then you could email either the admissions department or the English department depending on which you are submitting the material to, and ask what they are looking for.

Also, you don't necessarily need to submit exactly the same materials to each school. You can pick and choose which documents to use in order to appeal to each institution.

In general, I would think they would be looking for things you already have written on a variety of subjects/types of written works. As for whether you should include something about Feminism, it is always going to be a bit risky writing about something that is controversial. I would guess that at most colleges it would be fine but I would personally still only include it if you think it is especially important for your application that you include it.

Hope this helps!

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Hi, thanks for asking your question! I agree with @Tana here. What you submit as part of your writing portfolio will vary based on the schools and programs that you are applying to. I would definitely start by checking possible requirements from the schools that you are sending your portfolio to; this may provide essential guidance for what to submit. Also be open to mixing up what you do submit based on the schools you apply to. For example, if a school has a more liberal bent, then submitting your pieces about feminism can help you stand out or will be received better than at a more conservative university.

I would aim to include pieces that show off the kind of writer you are -- whether it be a particular writing style, content, tone, etc. I would also encourage you to include materials that have common themes with the information that you are providing in your general application such as activities list, classes of interest, etc.

Hope this helps!