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Supplementary Essays

The Quirkiest College App Essay Prompts Are Out: U. of Chicago Supplements

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 06.13.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

The extra essays colleges and universities ask you to write, beyond the Common Application essay, contain a wealth of information -- for you, not just the colleges. And the most demanding and unusual questions invariably come out of the University of Chicago, where learning for its own sake is valued above all else.

Best and Worst College Application Essay Prompts, Supplements and Common App Questions

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 12.22.2015 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

As the college application essay writing season draws to a close, with only a short time left before most regular applications are due, I'm looking back on some of the most interesting -- and most annoying -- essays prompts I've seen this year.

10 Simple Tips for Staying Sane While Writing College Application Essays

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 07.07.2016 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

It's as though all the wisdom on any subject can be contained in these simple, breezy lines -- and who knows, maybe they can be. These are general guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Not every applicant will be able to do these in this order and some may be more relevant than others.

From JFK to Kwasi Enin: The College Admissions Application Essay Grows Up

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 08.19.2014 | College
Elizabeth Benedict

These essays have come a long way since 1935, when John F. Kennedy's succinct, handwritten and utterly unoriginal paragraph was enough to get him into his father's alma mater, answering the question: "Why do you wish to go to Harvard?"