This is by far my favorite part of the application process! It should be yours, too!
“It can almost be taken for granted that the top 10% [of students] has high grades in college prep courses, come from programs with strong curriculum, did well on the ACT or SAT, and have solid grades across all their courses. The key differentiator among the top five factors is the essays. These essays must almost perfectly capture the key elements of who you are. You’ll need to edit, proofread, revise, get second opinions and make these essays as flawless as possible.” –– Gazettes Newspapers
“Ninety percent of the applications I read contain what I call McEssays – usually five-paragraph essays that consist primarily of abstractions and unsupported generalization. They are technically correct in that they are organized and have the correct sentence structure and spelling, but they are boring.” – Senior Assistant Dean, Office of Undergraduate Admission, University of Virginia
“The NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counselors) top five factors affecting admissions: 1. grades in college prep courses; 2. strength of curriculum; 3. standardized test scores; 4. grades across all courses; 5. Essays.