How Real Students Got Into Top Colleges By Writing Amazing Essays

Learn the secrets of ordinary students who got into Ivy League and Top-20 schools. Including Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and more.

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  • Common App Examples
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Table of Contents - List of Schools

Over 400 pages of content, jam-packed with the best college admissions essays.
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  • Personal Statement Essays6
  • Prompt 1: Background, identity, interest, or talent7
  • Prompt 2: Lessons from obstacles34
  • Prompt 3: Questioning or challenging a belief or idea55
  • Prompt 5: Accomplishment, event, or realization60
  • Prompt 6: What makes you lose track of time85
  • Prompt 7: Share an essay on any topic of your choice99
  • Supplemental Essays112
  • Brown University113
  • Carnegie Mellon University120
  • Claremont McKenna College129
  • Columbia University131
  • Cornell University136
  • Dartmouth College141
  • Duke University145
  • Emerson College148
  • Emory University151
  • Georgetown University158
  • Ithaca College165
  • Indiana University167
  • Johns Hopkins University170
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology175
  • University of Michigan180
  • New York University217
  • Northwestern University220
  • Oberlin College232
  • Pomona College234
  • Princeton University238
  • Rice University243
  • Stanford University249
  • Tufts University262
  • Tulane University270
  • University of Notre Dame275
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill282
  • University of Pennsylvania296
  • University of Pittsburgh304
  • University of Southern California307
  • University of Virginia313
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison319
  • University of California Personal Insight Questions322
  • Prompt 1: Leadership experience323
  • Prompt 2: Creative side333
  • Prompt 3: Greatest talent or skill339
  • Prompt 4: Significant educational opportunity or barrier350
  • Prompt 5: Most significant challenge360
  • Prompt 6: Academic subject that inspires you371
  • Prompt 7: Making your school/community a better place380
  • Prompt 8: What makes you stand out?391

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