Now that the new Common App is out, high school juniors and seniors are probably starting to think about college admissions and the dreaded college essays. What to write about? What kind of tone? Story To College’s Carol Barash offered tips on how to ace the Common App essay questions, and Noodle’s Mark Villanueva also has some answers to frequently-asked questions about college essays.
Can I use the same essay for every school I apply to?
For the most part, yes. Your essay is supposed to be a reflection more of your personality and general interests, so make it about you, not the college! Many schools will give you a supplemental essay to talk about what interests you about that school and its programs, and that’s where you can really get into specifics. Common App schools generally expect you to use the same essay, and many others ask very similar essay questions. As long as it’s always relevant to the prompt, feel free to use the same essay.
Side note: Don’t take this advice as license to be lazy. You should really write 3-5 completely different practice essays, then set them up side by side and decide which of those showcases you best. It’s tough to see the problems with your last essay before you write the next one.
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