College Advising and Essay Development for the College Class of 2024, from Singapore to Palo Alto.
The College App Jungle is my blog devoted to the world of college applications. The pursuit of college admissions can seem increasingly Darwinian, but my hope is that this blog will provide you with the context and means to have a fulfilling and successful transition into college. Below you will find links to a range of application and essay-writing topics.
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Links to Key Contents and Application Success:
The Secret of College Admissions: How College Applications Are Evaluated
University of Chicago
I have a soft spot for The University of Chicago Essay Prompts, because they are often so brazenly weird and even when they seem a little too-cute pretentious, they are interesting. Chicago requires two supplemental essays.
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How to Write the Chicago Supplemental Essay One for 2019-2020
How to Write the University of Chicago Essay Two (the interesting prompt) for 2019-2020
Chicago Prompts for 2018-2019, and The Chicago Application Essay Quote Prompts for 2018-2019. Or just click below for old prompts that you may still write about:
Some other topics of interest for Chicago and others:
Writing About Books- Part 2 (2011)
How to Persuade: The Rhetorical Situation
College Application Trends, Statistics and Advice
Ivy League Admissions Data for 2019-2020–See the most recent data available on admissions and how early applications impacts admissions chances
Advice on the College Application Rat Race
Researching And Selecting Colleges: Go West, Young Person–an old post, but still so true, for those looking to get great bang for their tuition buck, particularly if you live in the Western United States.
College Application Success: The Seven Rules–timeless advice on how the system works
The above is not a comprehensive list of posts but gives you a representative sample. You may browse further using the Archive link, or see the 2019-2020 essay prompts that I have analyzed and posted on so far: 2019-2020 prompts.
In the twenty years that I have been helping students navigate the application and essay process, the essay itself has become much more important. The reasons are clear. Over the last decade, we have seen increasing numbers of qualified high school students face decreasing numbers of seats available in our universities. Essays and supplementals are key to distinguishing your application from the 100,000 plus that will go to the top two UC’s this year, and the tens of thousands to each of the Ivy League schools.
The information available on this blog is for the free use of college applicants and essay writers. Use it to help you get started before you send your work to me. Topics range from general discussions about the craft of writing to specific discussion of college essay topics and the changing world of college applications. I also review trends in admissions and changes occurring in the world of academia.
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