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First, locate three (3) college admission topics for your top three (3) colleges of choice OR three (3) scholarships with essay topics for which you are eligible. Then, type all 3 prompts on the same sheet along with the names of the schools/scholarships. The following will help you get started:

The College Application (Prompts)

Scholarships.com (Be careful! Ads and contests abound!)

College Depot at Phoenix Public Libraries

Next, select one of these and prepare a response. Please double-space and use 12-point Times New Roman font. You must adhere to length the prompt requires.  For example, if the essay requires 250 words, then you must follow the directions of the college.  The first thing admissions officers look for is students who are capable of following directions.

Make sure that you answer the prompt in its entirety and focus on rich sensory detail in your writing. Do not list your accomplishments; these are already mentioned in your application. The admissions officers want to get to know YOU and the aspects that make you unique and likable.  Remember that most students are involved in extracurricular activities like sports, music, drama, etc.  These stories are not original.  Sometimes thinking about the simple things in life make for much more meaningful essays then thinking about a time when you were on top of the world.  For example, one year the strongest essay was about a student’s love of pancakes. The style and level of detail of the essay enabled the reader learn about the student’s personality and personal ethics.

A copy of the Application Essay Rubric can be downloaded below:

Application Essay Rubric