Called the Application Essay or Application Letter or Admissions Letter, students approach the writing of this letter in a world of confusion. And why is that? Because teachers know nothing about writing copy. For all writing is copy. These are important for college application. Perhaps more so because students often don’t know what how to write these. College Prep courses in high school make students feel like they’re starring in Waiting for Godot.
The Princeton Review has tips for writing a “Stellar College Application Essay.” Stellar? Really? I mean, yes, these need to be visually stunning and capture the heart. Remember who your audience is–liberal admissions officers. They’ll accept anyone. They need to. Got to collect revenue from you if they need to. They’ve got to get you into the system, get you accumulating a student debt. That’s their job, and not to find the “most-qualified candidate” as your high-school’s college counselor might pitch.
But there are strategies that work to show your communication style. On one level, you don’t really know your audience. You won’t know if it is a woman (more than likely it is) or a man. You won’t know this. But you will know that your school is
US News offers 10 Tips.
Catchy title but fairly useless list.
- Be concise.
- Be honest.
- Be an individual.
- Be coherent.
- Be accurate.
- Be vivid.
- Be likable
- Be cautious in your use of humor.
- Be controversial.
- Be smart.