Your Guide to an Amazing Application Essay

Uh-oh. It’s that time of year every high school senior dreads: application essay season. Hopefully, I can provide some helpful tips and tricks so you can hammer out your essays with ease. Now remember, the essay is only one factor of the review process. It’s nothing to freak-out over, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared!

Step 1: Prepare for the Prompt

Simply put, our essay prompt is going to ask what experiences you have had in the past that have led you to choose your major, and what you are hoping to do with it in the future. You can check out the official essay question here.  Prepare yourself now by brainstorming what you want to major in and why. If you apply to our undeclared program, speak about your interests, strengths, career aspirations, etc. If you apply for a second choice major, you will need to write a second essay.

Step 2: Answer the Prompt

I know you all have done amazing things in the interest of your future major, but you only have 400 words to communicate your accomplishments, personality, and interests. Keep everything to the point but really show us who you are. Also, we want to see that your interests align with the program you want to study, so show us that you have a firm understanding of the program and what it entails.

Step 3: Be Honest

Consider this application as the first assignment of your college career: don’t you want to start it off right? Do not copy and paste the same essay on all of your college applications. We want to learn about you, so be yourself and choose your words carefully.

Step 4: Proofread

When all is said and done, proofread your essay. Then when you’ve done that, have someone else proofread your essay. You could have the most amazing answer to the essay prompt in the world, but if we can’t understand your writing, then it doesn’t have the same effect.

If you’re still reading this, that means you are dedicated to writing an amazing essay, and I have all the faith in the world that you will do just that. Good luck and get to typing!



Admissions Counselor
I am originally from New Jersey, but I grew up and graduated high school in the north suburbs of Chicago. I love being an admissions counselor because I get to meet and interact with remarkable students almost every day!