Everything You Need to Know about the College Admissions Essay

When applying for college, the admissions essay is one requirement that you and you alone can create. This essay is basically a creative description about you. This excerpt from a website about college admission essays sums it up best:

“When evaluating college essays, most colleges use a “reading rubric” to evaluate the different components of each application. Aside from the “hard factors,” like grades, GPA, and test scores, colleges also look at the “soft factors,” such as extracurriculars, recommendation letters, demonstrated interests, and essays.

The point of evaluating all these factors is to enable colleges to holistically build a well­rounded class of specialists.

The essay (or essays) is a great way to learn more about an applicant, his/her motivations, life experiences, and how he/she can contribute to the campus community.”

Assignment: Create a college admission essay.

The prompt for the essay is this: Write about an extracurricular activity or community service project that has meant something to you.

Examples of extracurricular activities: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, clubs, organizations.

Note: If you are not in any clubs, groups or you have not done community service, now is the time to start.

The essay needs to be one page double spaced, Times New Roman 12. The essay needs to have accurate punctuation, grammar and spelling. You will turn in this essay at turnitin.com.

In case you need some help with the essay go to this website for advice and tips: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/

Hint: Start a rough draft of your college admission essay on this paper (use the front and the back).