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How to Write a Great “Describe an Activity” Essay | Guide and Examples

How to "Describe an Activity" on the Common App in 5 steps, including how to choose which extracurricular, with full outlines for every type of extracurricular supplemental essay.

How to Write a Strong “Why Major” Essay | 2022-23

Colleges use the Why Major application essay to see if you’re likely to be an academic success in that subject. Answer with concrete examples of your aptitude for the subject.

The 5-part strategy for great college supplements | 2022-23

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.

How to Ace Boston University’s Supplemental Essay | Guide & Examples, 2022-2023

What about being a student at Boston University most excites you? To get into BU, you'll have to answer that question. You may find it challenging to narrow your essay down to the single most exciting aspect of life at BU. In this guide, we’ll help you write a great Why Boston application essay.

How to Write an Outstanding University of Washington Essays | Guide & Examples, 2022-2023

The University of Washington requires a personal essay about the community you come from, and your place in it. In this guide, we’ll show you how to craft a University of Washington essay that demonstrates how your background has shaped your values. Let’s get started!

How to Ace the University of Wisconsin-Madison Essays | Guide & Examples, 2022-2023

Our guide will help you write all of the required University of Wisconsin Madison essay prompts, including the "Why UW Madison" essay.

How to Write Outstanding Georgetown Essays | Guide & Examples, 2022-2023

Georgetown requires three supplemental essays. This guide will help you write Georgetown essays that tell a story about your values, interests, and goals.

How to Write Outstanding U Georgia Essays | Guide & Examples, 2022-2023

If you’re applying to the University of Georgia, you don’t need to submit a personal statement, but you'll have to write two UGA essays. Let us help!

How to (and Whether to) Write the William and Mary Application Essay

So you’re wondering whether or not to write the ”optional” William and Mary application essay? Well, that’s easy to answer: YES — and this guide will help!

How to Ace Tuft’s Supplemental Essay | Guide & Examples, 2022-2023

This guide to the Tufts supplemental essays will help you answer two questions: Why Tufts for me? and Why me at Tufts?

How to Write an Outstanding Cornell Essay (CAS) | Guide & Examples, 2022-2023

To get in to Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences, you’ll need to write one of the Cornell supplemental essays. This guide can help!

How to Ace the Emory Supplemental Essays | Guide & Examples, 2022-2023

There have been some changes to the Emory essays for 2022-23. Our guide will help you pick the best prompts for you!