1. Answer the questions
Carefully read the questions you are asked, and be sure to answer them.
2. Tell a story
Help your readers get to know you as a person by sharing examples and anecdotes
to illustrate your qualities, strengths, and experiences. Use concrete details to help
the committee members imagine you as a person.
3. Be yourself
Imagine you’re having a conversation with the admissions committee. Write in a
formal, but conversational style. Don’t try to impress by using an excessively
academic tone or overly complicated language. If you’re in doubt, ask someone who
knows you well, “Does this sound like me?”
4. Be specific about why you want to attend your chosen college or how you
will benefit from a particular scholarship
For admission and transfer essays, be sure to discuss your academic and career
goals and how this college will help you achieve them. Provide concrete examples
and details. Research the college, but be careful not to just quote or paraphrase the
website or brochure. Instead, specifically address aspects of the college or its
programs that truly appeal to you and will help you meet your goals.
For scholarship essays, in addition to discussing your academic and career goals,
address how this money will help you achieve those goals. Be as specific as possible.
Will you use the money for tuition? Books? A laptop to help you complete
5. Show how you will contribute to the college
Colleges seek students who will contribute to the academic and cultural life of their
campuses. If you have contributed to your college, high school, or community
through tutoring, service work, or extra-curricular activities, share some examples.
6. Address any low grades or other issues directly
Take responsibility for your record and explain what steps you have taken to
improve your academic performance. It’s fine to discuss any challenges you have
faced, but don’t use them as an excuse.
An essay with even one grammatical mistake or spelling error will affect the
impression you make.
10.Bring a draft to the College Writing Center!