Some schools may explicitly tell you that you cannot exceed a certain length. If
so, stick to their rules and see your College Counselor or another trusted advisor
to help you meet your goal.
Be concise! Admission counselors have limited time to spend on the essay; make
every word count.
Ask someone who knows you well to read your essay. Ask them to tell you what
they think you were hoping to convey.
Read your essay aloud – even just to yourself. You might find mistakes or
awkward phrases that your eyes have glossed over when reading silently.
Once you have finished your essay, put it aside for a few days. Come back to it in
a few days. A fresh perspective will bring new energy and new insight to your
Avoid procrastination; careless mistakes are made when you feel the pressure of a
Your best resources will be the people in your life whom you trust. Parents,
teachers, friends, and School or College Counselors are all people to consider.
There are many “college-essay” websites - some that are more legitimate than
others. Please consult your College Counselor before using any on-line help.
Never plagiarize any portion of your essay or let anyone else write it for you.
Colleges investigate suspected plagiarism.