An application essay can help you gain admission to the college of your choice, provided that the essay is thoughtful and well written. Most colleges regard the essay as quite important in determining which academically qualified students they actually admit.
Your grades in school and SAT or ACT test score will be essential too, of course. But a personal essay provides a more intimate and in-depth glimpse into who you are, and that can stand strongly in your favor. Here in California, for example, the UCs give a lot of weight to your responses to the two essay prompts. Continue reading →