Advice for Gettysburg College applicants

We're always telling our Collegewise students that every essay question on a college application is there for a reason.  And for applicants to Gettysburg College, this essay question is no exception. "Gettysburg College students are engaged learners and 'make a difference' both on and off campus through their academic and extracurricular activities. Describe a situation […]

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Essay advice for University of Chicago applicants

I've never known a school whose application reflects its personality better than that of the University of Chicago. Even when they moved to the Common Application two years ago (and jettisoned their beloved "Uncommon Application"), Chicago's supplemental essay questions are still the same sort of intellectual, thoughtful and just plain quirky prompts we've come to […]

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Essay advice for Villanova University applicants

I'll say this about Villanova University–their admissions office has guts.  The supplemental essay prompt for Villanova on the Common Application is one that virtually guarantees their admissions officers will have to spend hours reading cliche college essays.  But the truly thoughtful applicants who really take the time to consider the prompt and to write a […]

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Washington State University applicants should consider recycling

Before I give you my tips for Washington State applicants, I have to start with two disclaimers. Disclaimer #1:  Washington State University is not the same as Oregon State University.  (As you can tell, we're professionals.)  Disclaimer #2:  We don't usually recommend that students blatantly recycle their essay responses, unchanged, at multiple colleges.  But what […]

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Advice for applicants to Saint Mary’s College of California

The internet and tools like the Common Application have allowed many students to apply to colleges somewhat indiscriminately, firing off applications without being able to give a cogent reason for why they're applying to each particular school.  That actually gives you a huge opportunity at smaller colleges like Saint Mary's College of California who reward the […]

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