Five Tips to Improve the Style of Your College Application Essay

College Essay TipsEssays are a vital part of getting into college, and you want yours to stand out in the crowd. Here are some simple tips to improve the style of your college application essay.

1) Be positive – When writing about your accomplishments, focus on how you came to your position you reached, and what you achieved, not what prevented you from going further. They’d rather read about why you were vice-president of a school club than why you weren’t president.

2) Follow instructions – Stick to the assigned word count, and cover exactly the questions they ask you to discuss. One of the things admissions officers are looking for is that you can follow instructions.

3) Show your personality – Your essay is one place where you can show off what makes you special. Write in a natural tone, but be careful not to get lackadaisical with grammar – that counts for a lot in college essays.

4) Have someone else read your essay – Even professional writers can be poor at checking their own work. Have someone else (especially your bookworm friend) read over your essay and offer a critique – you’ll be glad you did!

5) Use humor – but don’t overdo it, unless you are applying to clown college or a school for comedians. Then, go for it.

Use these five simple tips to make your college application essay stand out from the crowd, giving you a better chance of getting into the school of your dreams.

Bobby Touran is the founder and CEO of ApplyKit. ApplyKit helps students manage their entire college application process and also provides key resources to help them excel every step of the way.