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Six Tips for Your 500 Word College Essay

September 28, 2011 By: Category: College application essays, Get into College No Comments →

Writing a 500 word college essay is a part of the college application that lots of students postpone and obsess about.  Don’t.  Here are some ways to make your college essay more fun and creative, and position yourself to get into your dream college. . .

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Writing a Killer College Essay

February 02, 2011 By: Julie Manhan Category: College application essays, Get into College 6 Comments →

How hard can it be to write a college essay?  Well, it doesn’t have to kill you, but if you want to get into college, you’re going to need to put some effort into it. 

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Writing a Stellar 500 Word College Essay

October 28, 2010 By: Category: College application essays 1 Comment →

Today we have a guest post by Jennifer Cohen, President and Chief Word-Nerd at, a great resource for SAT and PSAT vocabulary prep.

500 word college essays are the bane of high school seniors everywhere.  You’re expected to make yourself sound brilliant, athletic, interesting and downright cool without coming across as pompous or silly.  Add in the 500-word length limit many colleges impose, and the task escalates from challenging to daunting.  You may be tempted to give up and send in a picture of you and your dog instead (everyone loves pictures of dogs, right?), but don’t throw in the towel yet!  Here are a few tips to get you started:


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Finding Your Voice: A Guide to Writing Your College Application Essay

November 28, 2009 By: Category: College application essays, Get into College No Comments →

The key to writing an application essay is finding your voice. You can imagine the massive volume of college application essays the admissions staff has to wade through every year, so make yours stand out! Even if the application essay prompt seems to be very specific, it is still possible, and necessary, for you to find a way to get an idea across that is unique and that reveals something interesting, profound, and different about yourself.


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College Application Essays that Will Get You Accepted

November 23, 2009 By: Category: College application essays, Get into College No Comments →

The following guest post was contributed by Christine Howell who frequently writes about Online Degrees and college related topics for Online College Guru, an online college directory and comparison website.

Writing college application essays can be intimidating for most aspiring applicants. College admissions can be competitive; it’s essential for students to find a way to stand out from the crowd. Extracurricular activities can be helpful, as can personal letters of reference, but most experts agree that college application essays are the best way for students to express their individuality and attract the attention of admissions officers at the college or university of their choice.


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