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Your Complete Guide to writing the Common App | 2021-22

How to write a strong Common App personal statement, Covid-19 response, Activities List, and get good recommendations. What colleges want. Mistakes to avoid.

The 5-part strategy for great college supplements | 2021-22

How to write supplemental college admissions essays, including Why Us, Why Major, Describe an activity. What admissions officers look for in short essays.

The 5 Traits Colleges Look for in Applicants

Colleges require essays so they can assess whether you'll be successful in college and beyond. To prove you'll be successful, you must describe experiences you've had that showcase the 5 traits.

Purpose of College Essays

The purpose of college essays is to prove you'll be successful in college and beyond.

The Secret to a Winning Common App Activities List 2021-22

How to write a strong Common App Activities List. What admissions officers are looking for; how to avoid common mistakes; how to write succinctly.

What the Prompt Is Really Asking

Before beginning to outline your essay in response to a prompt, you must figure out what the prompt is really asking. Follow these tips to writing success.

Mastering the Art of Brainstorming

Here are four of the most popular methods of brainstorming that should help you hone in on your topic and devise your supporting points.

Understanding Yourself

Before embarking on your college application, you should reflect. Understanding yourself will help shape the character of your application.

The Myth of the Well-Rounded Applicant

The myth that colleges seek only well-rounded students leads to millions of rejections every year. Prompt explains how to overcome this myth and be spikey!

Writing Your Introduction

The introduction is the most important part of your college admissions essay. Your reader’s first impression can either make or break your application.

These 7 Application Essay Topics Equal Rejection

These 7 Application Essay Topics Equal Rejection

A Short Guide to the 2021 Common App COVID-19 Essay

What's the first step to writing the new COVID-19 Essay in the Common App? Read our guide from Prompt's CEO Brad Schiller to find out more.