College Essay Resources

Articles on College Essays


1. How to Conquer the College Application Essay by Rachel Toor August 2, 2017

2. NBC News "Dreading Writing your College Application Essay? Tips From the Pros" by Allison Slater Tate,July 26, 2016

3. This Year's College-Bound Essayists and Their Beautiful Contradictions by Ron Leiber New York Times, May 12, 2017

4. Business Insider "I Was an Ivy League Admission's Officer " Dec 8, 2015

5. Tips for Writing an Effective College Application Essay - Big Future

6. Tips for Crafting Your Best College Essay- Big Future Slideshow

7. Students Speak: How I Conquered the College Application Essay- Big Future

8. Experts Share Tips on Application Essay- Big Future Links to various videos, articles

9. 5 Horrible Essay Topics

10. How to Write the perfect college essay for the common app (limit 650 words- enforced)

11. New York Times Choice article "Stuck on the Essay-Try writing a letter to an Imaginary roommate" on finding a topic for the college essay

12. What 'Mundane Moments' from your life might make great essay material?

13. How To Write Your College Essay- video

14. Carleton College Essay Tips

15. The College Admissions Essay: Finding a Topic

16. Advice on Whittling your Admissions Essay

17. College Application Essays as Haiku? For Some, 500 words aren't Enough

18. Juniors: In the Quiet of Summer, Start Your Essays

19. Tip Sheet: An Admissions Dean Offers Advice on Writing a College Essay

20. Four Qualities of An Amazing College Essay- The College Essay Guy

21. Quirky Essays A Window to Future Success

22. Conquering the College Essay

23. The Last and Definitive Word on Writing The Common Application Essay

24. 10 Tips for Writing the College Application Essay

25. Stanford Magazine: First Lines from Application Essays

26. Tufts -Picking Your College Essay topic: A Venn Diagram

27. May 2018: "Quilts, Cows, Money and Meaning: College Essays that Stood Out" NYT

28. May 2018: "5 High Schoolers and Their College Application Essays About Work Money and Social Class" NYT

29. April 2018: "The College Essay that Helped a Houston High Schooler Sweep 20 Top Colleges" Forbes

30. How I Know You Wrote Your Kid's College Essay- The New York Times October 3, 2018

31. We Get It! College Admissions Dean Speaks Out - Forbes May 12, 2020 - see Essays

32. A College Admissions Counselor Says Students Shouldn't Write About - Insider April 24, 2020

33. How to Write the College Essay- US World and News Report - February 28, 2020

34. Common Application Prompts 2020-21- The prompts remain the same as 2019-2020.

Common App College Essay Prompts 2020-2021