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  • Writer's pictureElizabeth La Porte

Inside the College Essay

Updated: Jul 3, 2019

Start to write your essay this summer! Here are the UC prompts, Common App essay examples, and more.

Applying to the UC's? 

Choose four UC prompts.

350 words each, due Nov 30.

Ask yourself - is your essay different, personal?

Watch how to write the UC essay.

How do the UC's evaluate essays/applications?

Admissions Assoc. Dir., Evera Spears, explains at our Parent Workshop

For a copy of the UC presentation, click here.

750 universities (like Harvard) require the Common App essay.

Seven Common App prompts: write about one.

650 words, due Jan 1.

For successful essays,advice from the Harvard Admission Committee. MIT, Georgetown & UW use their own applications.

5 MIT essays (+ 2 SAT Subj Tests).

Georgetown essays - 700 words.

Applying to UW's Honors Program?

How Not to Write an Essay (Psst.  It shouldn't crush your soul!) How can parents help? Harvard's Making Caring Common Project has answers.

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Raised in Lafayette (Acalanes High School alumna), Liz is an experienced college counselor and former high school English teacher. She advises families throughout the Bay Area and holds college essay and admission planning workshops. Her no-obligation consultations are free.

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