The College Essay


What Highly Selective Colleges Look For in College Applications

Everything you need to know about how highly selective colleges choose their applicants. Real strategies for getting in. Most highly selective colleges look for exceptional attributes. Read on to learn how can you show that in your essays.

Thanks, but no thanks: Why you should skip the New York Times’ “Best College Essays”

The New York Times publishes excellent college admission essays every year. We’re not disagreeing on their quality, but we are saying not to use them as a model for your essays.

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.

How parents can support kids applying to college — without driving anyone crazy

College application season is stressful for teens, parents, and the whole family. Let's make it a little easier.

What college admissions officers are looking for in college essays

Dig into Prompt's ultimate resource for learning what college admissions officers are looking for in college essays.

How to assemble your college application “support team"

Learn how to turn parents and teachers into fantastic, essay-supporting assets.

Don’t let influencers influence your college essays

Tiktok influences are giving out college essay advice. Here's why you shouldn't take it (and what to do instead).

The #1 college essay myth (and what college admissions officers really look for)

Learn the difference between what colleges suggest you write your essay about and what college admissions officers are actually looking for.

The Ultimate List of College Essay Prompts (and How to Write Each Essay)

Get the guidance you need to answer all of your college essay prompts with this ultimate list of resources from Prompt.

College Essay Review Service Comparison - Which of these 4 services is best?

I submitted the same essay to 4 different college admissions essay review services. The differences were shocking.

UC PIQs: Everything you need to know | 2022-23

How to write the University of California Personal Interest Questions. What admissions readers want. Choosing your 4 prompts. Notes on each of the 8 questions.

Your Complete Guide to writing the Common App | 2022-23

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 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 2022-23

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

The Complete Guide to the Common App Personal Statement | 2022-2023

How to write a Common App personal statement that impresses college admissions officers. How to choose the prompt, and write a strong essay quickly.

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.

What Qualities Admissions Looks For

What do you need to think about including when you are preparing your application? These are the three qualities admissions wants you to show.