I hope everyone is doing well as you prepare for college admissions season! Here are our 10 most read essays over the past year:
1. Low GPA? 3 tips on how to get into Ivy League schools [link]
This coming summer, take college classes in topics which you’re clearly interested in. The key is that you must do well. It’s a bonus if those classes fit into your “broader story” – for instance, if you have a passion for medieval history, take a class on Renaissance Philosophy.
2. How to get into Harvard in 30 minutes [link]
It’s more important to show a CORE STRENGTH than to be part of the Math, Debate, French, Acting, and Creative Writing clubs. Not only will you get zero sleep and hate your life, but spreading yourself too thin is frowned upon by Harvard and other Ivy League admissions committees. Find one, or at most two, areas that you love, and really focus your efforts there – get a leadership position; find national competitions and help your school participate in them; and so forth
3. Why a 4.0 high school GPA and 2400 SAT won’t get you into Harvard [link]
Top 5% is great at good high schools like Thomas Jefferson, Stuyvesant, TAMS, Whitney, etc – but is not the best at smaller high schools in Middle America. As with everything I say here, take it with a grain of salt – if your school only has 200 students and has only sent 1 to Wharton in the past 5 years, being top 5% will NOT be enough
4. How to get into Stanford – the value of being a maverick and playing sports [link]
Stanford is different as well in that it’s the only school of its caliber on the West Coast and in addition has a rich history of fostering entrepreneurship, risk taking, and has a close affiliation with Silicon Valley.
5. 5 Secrets Of Ivy League Admissions [link]
Connect with friends or people you’ve met that go to your target schools. You can talk about these conversations in your essays and college admissions interviews, and you’ll learn more about the university during the process
6. How Ivy League schools look at your high school extracurriculars [link]
Harvard’s admissions committee hates it when they see that a student has been in 3 different clubs each year, or his most important commitments were all for very short periods of time. It demonstrates a capriciousness and lack of commitment, and makes Ivy League schools wonder whether this student is serious or simply in it to build his resume.
7. 7 Steps To Get Into Stanford [link]
The third thing that the Stanford admissions committee really looks for is leadership. Every Ivy League school cares about leadership, but Stanford is unique in that it really wants all of its students to be leaders among their peers. They especially want leaders in areas that the students are really passionate about.
8. How to get into Wharton and the University of Pennsylvania – the power of business and international exposure [link]
Number one, they really like students that have a demonstrated interest in business. It really doesn’t matter where your interest in business comes from. They want to know that in general you see yourself building a career within the corporate world
9. How To Write An Amazing Resume For Your Common App [link]
Make sure to ALIGN your paragraphs, DOUBLE CHECK for spelling errors, use BULLETS where appropriate, and keep FORMATTING of dates and titles consistent. Make it look like a truly professional resume.
10. Five last minute tricks to get into Harvard and Princeton [link]
Be extremely busy in your last summer before senior year. College admissions officers look at this summer very closely to see how you spend your time. What are you really passionate about? MAKE SURE you spend time developing those interests in productive ways
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