Relatable and significant in its universal appeal and common ground?
Authentic to and reflective of your personal truth?
Riveting and original to your voice (rich diction and unique syntax)?
It's Always About You No matter what the essay topic is, the real topic is you. The people who read your essay want to get to know you. Use the essay prompt to show your personality, humor, and ability to learn from your experiences.
Six Simple Steps to a Strong Essay There's a huge amount of advice on writing college application essays. Here are some basic guidelines to get you started. 1. Read the instructions and stick to them. It's amazing how many students throw themselves into the essay without understanding the assignment. Analyze the essay question and requirements carefully. If you are asked, "Who is your favorite neighbor and why?" don't forget to explain the "why"! Note any rules, such as minimum and maximum word counts. 2. Get started. Many students procrastinate when starting their essay, making their anxiety—and their results—even worse. One way to get going is to talk through your topic. Record your thoughts or have someone type them as you speak. 3. Show your thoughtfulness. Colleges look for students who seek challenges and learn from them. As Harry Truman said, "It is what you learn after you know it all that counts." Many successful applicants write about situations in which they weren't so successful but learned a lot. 4. Develop your topic like a story. Begin with a great opening sentence that sets the stage. Then tell your story from beginning to middle to end. (Outlining your essay will help you lay out a strong story line.) Bear in mind that even a small incident can lead to a compelling essay. As one admission counselor explained, "It's amazing how much you can share in 250 words or less." 5. Be consistent with the rest of your application. Your essay should bring to life the same person revealed by your grades, scores, recommendations, and extracurriculars. Don't leave the admission reader wondering if your essay "wandered over" from another application. 6. Revise until it feels right. Ask people you trust to read your essay for coherence. They may have some ideas for improvement, but don't let anyone change your writing style or what you are trying to say. Don't send it to the college until someone with excellent grammar skills, such as a teacher or parent, proofreads it.
How to Choose Which Topic to Pursue Look at each topic and ask yourself what personal experiences come to mind. Write them down, and then look your list over.
Chances are, the experiences that are most meaningful to you will make great themes for your essay. As Wellesley Admissions advises, "An essay about some small, even insignificant-seeming thing can be more powerful than the 'How I'll save the world' essay."
Experiment with several topics before picking one. This will help you uncover the deeper connections that will bring your essay to life. Bear in mind that certain themes are overused and should be avoided unless you have a particularly unique angle. These include death, divorce, sports, travel, religion, politics, and brief volunteer experiences.
More Tips for the Written Portions of the Common Application · Heed the word count limit. The maximum word count is 650 words. But you don't have to write to the maximum. In fact, getting your message across in fewer words is more powerful. The minimum word count is 250 words. · Pay equal attention to any writing supplement requested by the college. It can matter just as much to your admissions chances as your essay.
Read your essay aloud, or have someone else read it aloud, then ask these questions: 1. Core Values (aka Information) a. Can you name at least 4-5 of the author’s core values? b. Do you detect a variety of values, or do the values repeat? Examples of NOT varied values: hard work, determination, perseverance Examples of more varied values: autonomy, resourcefulness, healthy boundaries, diversity 2. Vulnerability a. Does the essay sound like it’s mostly analytical or like it’s coming from a deeper, more vulnerable place? Another way of asking this: Does it sound like the author wrote it using mostly his or her head (intellect) or his or her heart and gut? b. After reading the essay, do you know more about the author AND feel closer to him or her? 3. “So what” moments (aka Important & interesting connections) a. Can you identify at least 3-5 “so what” moments of insight in the essay? b. Are these moments kind of predictable, or are they truly illuminating? 4. Craft a. Do the ideas in the essay connect in a way that is logical, but not too obvious (aka boring)? b. Can you tell that the essay represents a series of carefully considered choices and that the author spent a lot of time revising the essay over the course of several drafts? c. Is it interesting and succinct throughout? If not, where do you lose interest? Where could words be cut or which part isn’t revealing as much as it could be?
Long Island University
Qucik App: https://apply.liu.edu/quickapp/
IV. PERSONAL STATEMENT/ESSAY (Optional for transfer students who have completed 24 or more college credits.) Submit a typed or neatly, hand-written essay of 500 words or fewer. Discuss your current goals or past accomplishments. On the top of each page, include your name, address and social security number. At the end of your personal statement, please sign and date your work
• Attach $50 non-refundable application fee (payable to Long Island University). Include applicant’s name and social security number on the check. • Ask your college/guidance counselor to complete the Secondary School Report. • Request official high school transcript. • Request official SAT or ACT test scores. LIU Post SAT Code is 2070; LIU Post ACT Code is 2687. • Submit your Personal Statement/Essay. • Submit two (2) teacher/counselor letters of recommendation on school stationery (required). • Satisfy any special departmental requirements mandated by the academic program to which you are applying.
3. Up to two letters of recommendation If you are requesting a letter for Baruch, please tell the teacher that the letter must be submitted to the college office. The letter needs to be Signed and on MDY letterhead. DO NOT OPEN THE LETTER IF THE TEACHER HANDS IT TO YOU!!
You must fill out this form in order to be considered for the honors program:
To help us learn more about you and the positive impact that you will bring to our Hunter College community, we invite you to share with us your unique qualities and experiences by responding to one of the following essay topics: ..we invite you to share with us your unique qualities and experiences..
Tell us about a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and how it impacted you personally. (250-600 words)
Describe a specific interest or talent and how you have pursued it to date or wish to pursue it in the future. (250-600 words)
Provide both an essay question and response that you already completed via The Common Application. (250-600 words)
How to Submit Your Essay ResponseTo submit your response, you must first have applied for General Freshman Admission to Hunter College for the Fall 2014 semester via the CUNY Admission Application →
Beginning mid-November, email invitations will be sent to all Hunter College General Freshman applicants for the Fall 2014 semester with instructions on how to submit the Supplemental Essay response. You can expect to receive your essay invitation within 1-2 weeks of completing and submitting your CUNY Admission Application. You will have the option to upload the essay response as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf submission.
Supplemental Essay Due DateYour essay response is due no later than Application Postmark Deadline of February 1, 2014. Students who apply after this date will not be provided the option to submit an essay response.
Get Started Today!While you are waiting for your invitation email, we strongly recommend that you take time now to begin crafting your Supplemental Essay Response. For some great tips on writing an effective application essay, go here →
Freshman Scholar ProgramsThe Honors Scholar Program offers students a variety of advantages and support that can help create an extraordinary learning experience at Hunter College. The program offers merit scholarships, learning communities, dedicated academic advisors and faculty mentors, priority registration, and freshman year priority access to residence life. Honors Scholars are encouraged to work toward honors in the major or interdisciplinary studies, postgraduate education, and high-impact educational experiences (e.g. study abroad, research, internships). There are six programs, each built on an academic theme bringing together students who share a common interest in the theme. During the first semester, each learning community is composed of four or five courses from the core curriculum, plus the First Year Seminar (FYS 100) course that serves as a foundation for developing academic skills and plans. This structure aids students in exploring related programs of study while meeting key first-year requisites, connections with faculty, and support from a close-knit community. In addition to a faculty advisor, all honors scholar students are assigned a dedicated full-time professional staff advisor to assist with major selection, course planning, and goal setting. BenefitsHonors Scholars receive the following benefits each semester up until receiving their first undergraduate degree:
A merit scholarship* for eight semesters of full-time study**.
A dedicated academic advisor to help you create academic plans and prepare you for internships, study abroad, and honors opportunities
Priority registration; early access to register for classes each semester
Special programs, like first-year seminar, learning communities, and co-curriculuar activities to foster intellectual curiousity and connections with other students, faculty, and advisors
Priority access to a room in one of our residence halls for your freshman year
INSTRUCTIONSComplete this application to be considered for one or more Honors Scholar Programs.
The application consists of two parts 1). general questions, and 2). program-specific questions for each program you wish to be considered for.
You may apply for as many programs as you wish to be considered for.
We do not accept multiple application submissions. Please apply for all programs for which you wish to be considered in one application submission.
PROCESS AND ELIGIBILITYPriority Period ▪ Applications Period: February 6, 2017 to March 12, 2017. ▪ Decision Notification: late March
Regular Period ▪ Application Period (regular): March 13, 2017 to April 16, 2017. ▪ Decision Notification (regular): late April
▪No applications accepted after April 16, 2017.
▪Applicants to the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter are automatically considered independent of their Macaulay application status. Students will only be offered admission into one program.
▪You may complete this application prior to applying for Fall 2017 Freshmen Admission, but please follow and be mindful of application deadlines. We strongly advise applying first. For more detail, visit Hunter College Office of Admissions website →
▪ To receive program invitation you must have Fall 2017 Freshman Admission to Hunter College.
Which program(s) do you wish to be considered for? * MUSE HONORS SCHOLAR PROGRAM Visual and Performing Arts
YALOW HONORS SCHOLAR PROGRAM Scientific Research and/or Pre-Medicine
ROOSEVELT HONORS SCHOLAR PROGRAM Civic Issues and Public Policy
NURSING HONORS SCHOLAR PROGRAM Leadership in the Field of Nursing
ATHENA HONORS SCHOLAR PROGRAM Philopsohy and the Liberal Arts
DAEDALUS HONORS SCHOLAR PROGRAM Computer Science and Technology Deadlines Fall 2017 (Class of 2021) DEADLINES
Priority Period: Feb 8th to Mar 12th, 2017 (decisions late March)
Regular Period: Mar 13th to Apr 16th, 2017 (rolling decisions, from late March to late April)
Prospective honors scholars may complete an application prior to applying for Hunter College Fall 2017 Freshmen Admission BUT are strongly advised to apply to the college first; Honors Scholar applicants must obtain Fall 2017 Freshman Admission to Hunter College to receive a program invitation. There are no exceptions to this policy. Applicants to Macaulay Honors CollegeApplicants to the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter are automatically* considered independently of their Macaulay application status. Macaulay applicants will receive Honors Scholar Program offers following Macaulay decisions, typically late on March 15th or the following day. *We encourage interested students to complete an Honors Scholar Program application to convey more specific interest in one or more scholar programs. We also encourage students who did not receive an offer to one of the scholar programs following their Macaulay decision to complete the application. Contact Information For questions or additional information, please contact Honors Scholar Programs at 212-396-6888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.