The college essay is your opportunity to show admissions officers who you are apart from your grades and test scores (and to distinguish yourself from the rest of a very talented applicant pool).Nearly 700 colleges accept the The Common Application, which makes it easy to apply to multiple schools with just one form.
Some of the best statements are written as personal stories.
In general, concise, straightforward writing is best and good essays are often 300-400 words in length.
(So avoid the pitfall of writing about what you think will impress the admission office versus what truly matters to you).
Colleges are looking for curious students, who are thoughtful about the world around them.
I'm a playwright, editor, and writing teacher with a focus on arts education.
I got my MFA at UT Austin as a Michener Fellow, a program for young writers that accepts less than one percent of applicants.Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the UW.Maximum length: 200 words You may use this space if you need to further explain or clarify answers you have given elsewhere in this application, or if you wish to share information that may assist the Office of Admissions.The "what or who do you turn to when you want to learn more” bit isn't an afterthought—it's a key piece of the prompt.Make sure you explain how you pursue your interest, as well.This essay is designed to get at the heart of how you think and what makes you tick.Present a situation or quandary and show steps toward the solution.That’s why the last piece of this prompt is essential.The obstacle you write about can be large or small, but you must show the admissions committee how your perspective changed as a result.Just like Prompt #2, the accomplishment or event you write about can be anything from a major milestone to a smaller "aha" moment.Describe the event or accomplishment that shaped you but take care to also show what you learned or how you changed.