How should the college essay tie into the rest of the application?
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College Essay - Sample College Application Essay 2
To allow for a more comprehensive review, CUNY encourages all applicants to submit a personal statement in support of the Admission Application. Visit to learn how to send your supporting documents to CUNY. Some colleges and programs strongly recommend or require the submission of a specific supplemental essay and/or statement. Prepare to apply to these by reviewing the essay questions listed below.
College Essay - Sample Application Essay 1
A question about having your beliefs challenged demands a great deal of introspection off the bat—and this kind of disarming honesty can make an essay incredibly sincere and compelling. Your willingness to examine your beliefs, whether they were taught to you by your parents, pursued through your own active interest, or simply absorbed as you went about your daily life, can convey a level of maturity and curiosity that is hugely valuable in the college environment. And the range of beliefs that can be challenged is as wide as you make it. Maybe a particularly adventurous meal you had while abroad in China made you reassess the boundaries you believed dictated your taste in food. You can discuss a belief that has been long cherished or simply accepted, which means you can discuss something that has been a part of the fabric of your values based on passionate feelings OR societal norms. When brainstorming topics for this question, keep in mind that staying away from controversial subjects like politics is probably a good idea. You never know who will pick up your application, and you don’t want personal bias about hot button issues getting in the way of a fair assessment of your passion and qualifications.
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In general, we have found that concise, straightforward writing is often the best for college essays, and that good essays are often 300 to 400 words in length. While there is no perfect length for an essay, most application readers find college essays are rarely improved when they are longer than 500 to 550 words, and we strongly recommend you stay within that limit. For more information on specific application requirements, please consult the website for each institution to which you are applying, as requirements often vary.And yes, they will be judging you. But not nearly as harshly as you might think. Admissions officers are people, too. And they wouldn’t choose a job where they read tens of essays every day and perhaps hundreds (or even over 1000) college application essays across a season if they did not have a real interest in the individual applicants who are applying to their programs.