As part of the regular college application process, the average high school senior will write upwards of 12-20 application essays. Thanks in part to the increase in first-year applicants (up 26% from pre-pandemic enrollment, according to CommonApp) and the fiercely competitive nature of the process, most colleges ask for multiple essays upon application. These supplemental essays are used to determine “demonstrated interest” by the student and the likelihood that they will accept an offer of admission. These essays ensure the college sees students holistically beyond grades and test scores. Supplemental essays are a first impression that can make or break a student’s chances of receiving that coveted acceptance letter from their dream school.
Navigating the ins and outs of the application process can be overwhelming enough for students and parents, and many don’t consider the amount of time drafting and revising dozens of essays will take. With the added stress and commitments of senior year responsibilities, starting this process early is critical to success. Starting early gives students ample time to write reflective and effective essays demonstrating their interest, skills, personality, and goals. These are the selling points colleges look for to ensure potential students are a good fit for their programs and campus culture. Beginning as early as junior year means students have the necessary time to understand the process, learn the tricks of the trade, and write stellar essays that are sure to impress admissions officers.
Is your high school senior overwhelmed by the idea of writing college essays? Our College Admissions Essays Workshops (Pre-CAE, CAE I, and CAE II) are designed to help your student navigate this complex process by laying out the expectations, breaking down the prompts, and teaching the best practices for writing admissions essays that translate into acceptance letters. In these workshops, students have the time, coaching, and encouragement to find their voice, hone their essays, and cultivate the resources they need to apply to ultra-reach and reach colleges confidently.
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