The college entrance essay is your opportunity to share information about yourself that isn't available to the college on your resume or application. The essay reveals who are and what you value. Your essay should be personal, sincere, and above all, honest. The essential question is "Why you? Above all others who have similar scores and grades, why you?"
Hear it from the Experts
Mike Sexton, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Santa Clara University (CA)
Jeff Brenzel, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University
From April 2016 Business Insider
"Ex-Ivy League Admissions Officers Dissect an Essay"
"This essay got a High-school Senior in 5 Ivy League Schools"
Stunning Examples from Class
This creative student sample was written by a student from the Class of 2015. Ironically, I warned this student about the format, thinking a poem was too risky, but he ignored me and did something wonderful. He also got into the college of his choice.
Jeremy Caldwell wrote this in 2014; he too was class of 2015. Jeremy is a beautiful writer. I always enjoyed his work. Here he is particularly passionate about his topic.