College Admission Essay

Need some ideas for your college admission essay? See examples of admission essays written by other college applicants.

Last updated on December 7 2016 by College Financial Aid Advice

Writing your best essay can make the difference between admission to your top choice school, or settling for one of your other options. Essays do make a difference. They need to be unique and about you. Below are some examples of college admission essays that other students have shared in our essay contest. Use these to see what works, then write your own admission essay. Check out the list of common College Essay Prompt topics, and our tips on writing a unique Personal Statement Essay.



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College Essays about Overcoming Challenges in Life 
Splat. I felt the spitball hit the back of my neck and I quickly used my hand to detach the slime. One would think that I would be used to the spitballs …

Who in you life has influenced you the most? 
College admission essay - Who in your life has most influenced you? In life there will always be people who will change your life around. It could be your …

FAILING SUCCESSFULLY 
My day in the sun had arrived – my magnum opus would be revealed. I had just delivered a memorized speech that I had labored over for weeks, and I was …

UC Admission Essay 
This essay helped me get accepted into UC Berkeley and UCSD - Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that …

College Essays About Passion for Teaching 
College Admission Essay About a Significant Experience - Through life, many challenges have com my way. My life as an adolescent has been filled with …

The Rewards of Community Service 
Community Service Essay - For as long as I can remember service to others has been an integral part of my life and has resulted in some of my favorite …

What Inspires You in Life 
Who Inspires You College Admission Essay - What is an inspiration? Literally, inspire means ‘to fill with breathe’. To me, inspiring someone is to …

College Essays About the Influence of Music in My Life 
Music College Admission Essay - The flames burned with a scorching heat, bright and ghastly upon the look. Inside the burning barn wielded many …

Multicultural and Diversity College Essays 
In what way do you see yourself supporting the multicultural environment at the College of Wooster? - I can see myself supporting the multicultural …

Challenges of First Generation College Students 
First Generation College Student Essay - Lance Armstrong once said, “Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a ninety-percent chance or …

College Essays About Medical Careers 
Medical Student College Admission Essay - Your Future Physician - “KaBOOM!” An uneasy rumble through the floor shakes bystanders’ hearts to the pits …

Tell Us About Your Leadership Experience 
Leadership Essay - “Pass the ball to Daisy! Ok now keep running; don’t let her take the ball keep going! You know you can run faster than her; move …

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