UChicago may have led the charge in terms of releasing their supplemental college essay prompts, but more schools are following suit in advance of the August 1, 2016 Common Application release date. Students: start brainstorming NOW and continue to refine your ideas until you have admissions-worthy essays.
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As promised, we’ve collected some information for top schools and have a surprise in store for you; one you won’t want to miss. 2016-2017 supplemental essay topics for some top colleges are listed below – get brainstorming!
University of California-Los Angeles/University of California-San Diego
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- Know that there is a college for everyone. The Ivies and some near-Ivy top colleges are extremely tough to get into, but the truth is that once you get past the top twenty most competitive colleges, most schools admit the majority of applicants.
- Create a written list of all the schools to which you are applying. Give it to your guidance counselor so that he/she is sure to send the official school report to every college on your list. Your application is incomplete without the school’s documents, even if you send in your part.
- Keep it to yourself. Don’t enter into the frenzy of talk about colleges. This is your personal journey to finding the right college and getting crazy about everyone else’s opinions will only bring you down.
- Studies have shown that applying Early Decision increases your odds for acceptance dramatically. So get going! Spend time the summer before your senior year discerning your clear first choice college, and then prepare your application.
- Identify the teacher who is your strongest supporter. Then do everything you can to stand out in his or her class. This is whom you’ll go to first for that ever-important recommendation.
PROCRASTINATION IS NOBODY’S FRIEND…EVER
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Procrastination is NOT your friend, especially in college admissions, and this is doubly true in regards to your essays. Once you have the grades and scores to be considered, YOUR ESSAYS MUST GLOW. With the competition bettering itself each year, we can help you and your essays rise above the rest. With proven results, we DARE YOU to not get in…