College Essay Breakdowns
Below, you’ll find a collection of guides on writing the admissions essays for all schools that require essays in the US News and World Report Top 100. They include all the tricks we’ve picked up in our tenure as leaders in the world of college admissions, sourced from our powerful network of consultants. With our guides, you can learn to write a college essay that will truly impress admissions officers.
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Our Essay Breakdown Philosophy
Writing personal essays can be among the trickiest parts of completing your college applications – yet they also provide one of the best opportunities to set yourself apart from other applicants. In fact, an extremely well-written essay can even get you accepted at a school where your profile is slightly weaker than average. Essays allow admissions officers to better understand you as a person, an applicant, and a potential contributor to their campus culture and community.
To write a successful essay, you need to demonstrate your unique personal skills and experiences, strong character, and interest in the school, all while maintaining a distinct personal tone and showing off impressive writing chops.
It may sound kind of hard – don’t worry, we initially thought so too.
Thankfully, you don’t have to face this challenge alone. What makes CollegeVine different is that we were in your shoes just a few years ago. We know which essay strategies work, and which don’t, because it wasn’t so long ago that we were submitting our own applications and crossing our own fingers for good results. Now that we’ve made it through the essay writing process alive – and learned a lot a long the way – we’ve decided to share what we know with you.
To craft our essay breakdowns, we start with the most qualified mentors from top universities around the country. We select our authors for the strength of their writing, their creativity and clarity of thought, their knowledge of college admissions, and their proven track records of writing essays that impress admissions committees at top universities. Finally, we train them extensively in the practical knowledge we’ve picked up over the years from editing thousands of college essays. The result? An unmatched level of quality, all absolutely free.