A Tutor’s View: How Important are College Application Essays & Personal Statements?

If you're applying to these universities, you'll have to write a few application essays.

My latest post on Huff Po is called “A Tutor’s View: How Important are College Application Essays and Personal Statements?”

Here are the opening paragraphs.

“Applying to college these days has much in common with mounting a presidential campaign. The system is complex, the stakes are high, and there are complicated answers to what seem like simple questions.

“An easy one: How important are grades? Very. Top grades are necessary but not sufficient to get into selective colleges and universities. Slightly harder: How important are SATs and ACTs? Some 900 colleges don’t require them anymore (see Fair Testing Site), and there are no cut off numbers for many colleges, but there are acceptable ranges.

“And then there’s this: How important are the application essays?” READ MORE