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EXTRACURRICULAR ESSAY ○ WHY THIS COLLEGE ESSAY ○ SCHOOL-SPECIFIC ESSAYS ○ OTHER ESSAYS ○ FROM THE BLOG

Supplemental essays are additional pieces of writing required by many highly-selective universities (like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, UPenn, and many other colleges), and they can be just as revealing and important as your personal statement. Read on for tips on some of the most common supplemental essays...


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Six Techniques for Writing Your 150-Word Extracurricular Essay

From lessons in fiction-writing to resume hacks, learn how to write your Common App extracurricular essay using these highly-actionable and specific techniques. Show your best self on your college application. 

How to Improve Your Mediocre Extracurricular Essay in 30 Minutes

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"Why This College" Essay Guide + Examples

Read this riveting step-by-step essay guide to writing that supplemental essay that begs you to wonder why Us? See some of our Why This College examples and helpful tips to answering these prompts: 1) be specific, 2) research a school, and many more.

DOS AND DON'TS FOR YOUR "WHY US?" STATEMENT

Learn the top do's and dont's of writing that pesky supplemental essay. Should you use only emotional language? How much research to do? What does a good example essay look like?

GUIDE: WRITING A "WHY US" ESSAY FOR A SAFETY SCHOOL

So. Many. Essays. Feeling the college essay fatigue yet? Read this guide to writing and researching this essay supplement for a safety school you're not super excited for--perfect for those who've hit a creative slump.

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