ALL ABOUT THE APPLICATION ESSAY
Welcome to the Apply4Admissions.com Application Essay Service. This is one of the most
important stops on your road to college. Let us help you overcome
the "Fear of the Blank Page" and
write admissions essays that will capture the "real you"! Here are some of the
basic areas you may want to explore.
- Introduction to The Essay
- A brief overview of the Student Essay and its role in the admissions
- Know Your Audience.
- Who are those Admissions Officers and what are they thinking as they wade
through thousands of applications?
- Admissions Criteria.
What admissions criteria do colleges consider and how does the essay fit in?
- Questions You Can Expect to Encounter.
- A list of frequently used questions grouped by category.
- Tips for Addressing Application Essay Questions.
- Suggestions about ways to approach each category of questions.
- General Tips for Writing an Application Essay.
Introduction to The Essay
As you begin applying to target colleges most of the essential
information required is already in place. Courses have been completed,
grades recorded, admissions tests taken and recommendations requested.
All of that information will be gathered into a large file at
each school, a folder bulging with facts, figures and descriptions
attempting to define who you are and what your potential is. There
is only one piece of information included in that file which can
truly help a college evaluate the real you.
As Admissions Officers plow through thousands of these files they
will see references to high GPAs, startling SAT I and II scores,
and dedication to outside activities. With all this data to absorb
and evaluate, what do they focus on to see through "the
data" and find the person it all represents? The Application
Essay is your chance to stand above all the facts and figures
and make a statement about who you are, how you think and what
you want to accomplish.
It is important to be able to
define yourself because most
students will fall somewhere into a neutral zone where their qualifications
neither ensure acceptance, nor easily mark them as unworthy of
consideration! The essay is your way to
shift out of neutral
and be noticed!
Most schools would not say the essay has any more weight than
other factors they consider. However, the essay is the only place
you "come to life" for Admissions Officers.
They desperately want to hear an original voice.
Your job is to find your voice and to put it to work,
separating yourself from the rest.
Writing a good essay is a distinct challenge for most students.
A good to great essay can help an Admissions Officer decide to
tip the scales of acceptance your way. But, a poorly written or
conceived essay can easily negate all of those really cool facts
and figures you filed away for the last four years.
A valuable resource that can be referenced to when
writing your statement is Admissionsessays.com medical school personal statements
or their collection of top 100 essays
Know Your Audience.
It is generally helpful, before you write anything, to know who
you are writing for. The following questions will help you get
a clear idea of the real people who
will be reading everything you have to say.
Who are the folks who read my essays and go through my files?
Admissions Officers are usually
divided into two groups. The first
is made up of temporary officers who do most of the organizational
work. They are the ones who deal with your admission folder
and have to meet deadlines concerning your admission. Many colleges
include outside evaluators, from graduate students to professors,
in this group. The second group is comprised of the full time
Admissions Officers, who decide on actual admissions policies
Almost all folders are read by the temporary officers and evaluators.
Each reader is expected to read a quota of folders and evaluate based on
a variety of criteria. They will generally write comments and
observations directly in the folders to remind them of strengths
Who ultimately decides my fate?
An Admissions Committee will meet to listen to the recommendations
of the Admissions Officers. These committees are usually made
up of the Director of Admissions, the presenters (the officers
who read the files) and one or two other officers. The ultimate
decision as to whether or not you get in is usually made before
the Committee meets. The recommendations of the officers are
rarely overturned and the Director of Admissions will rarely read
any applications at all. He or she simply wants to hear what the officers
have to say, and if there are any questions, the Director may quickly skim
an application. In borderline
cases, the Director may quickly skim and evaluate...the essay.
Admissions officers generally have a good sense of the academic
climate of your high school. In addition, through years of experience,
they are able to recognize the characteristics they believe make
a student successful at their college. However, college admissions
is not an exact science. All you can do is produce your best work
to maximize your chances of impressing the various evaluators. Do not waste time or energy worrying about whether
or not you have been treated fairly. These people know their jobs.