Common App: Why the College Essay Is More Important Than Everadmin
You know how important the college essay is
…for college admissions. But, do you know what sets it apart? Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education recently released a Coronavirus statement that over 300 college admissions deans have endorsed. This statement acknowledges traditional methods of boosting college résumés are less available, but they will judge admissions accordingly.
“No student will be disadvantaged because of a change in commitments or a change in plans because of this outbreak, their school’s decisions about transcripts, the absence of AP or IB tests, their lack of access to standardized tests (although many of the colleges represented here don’t require these tests), or their inability to visit campus.”
“Our interest is not in whether students created a new project or demonstrated leadership during this period. We, emphatically, do not seek to create a competitive public service ‘Olympics’ in response to this pandemic. What matters to us is whether students’ contribution or service is authentic and meaningful to them and to others. … We will assess these contributions and service in the context of the obstacles students are facing.”
Now that you know what sets the essay apart
Capitalize on the compassion more than 300 admissions deans have displayed. Not all students have days of volunteer hours or a sky-scraping GPA. The Common App or another admissions essay is their fighting chance: a chance to be authentic, personal, and noticeable.