College Essays


Many colleges require students to write an essay.  The essay helps the college to decide if you would be a good fit to the school.  Your essay should be personal and different.  Essay topics fall into 3 basic categories: personal, academic, or discussion.  Don’t forget to download our free Proof Reading Check List.


  • Don’t wait until the last minute. Give yourself plenty of time to plan, write, and revise your essay.
  • Have a friend or family member proofread your essay.  They might find something that you missed.
  • Type your essay in a standard font and size 12.
  • Make your essay stand out and personal. Each school receives thousands of essays; you want them to remember your essay.
  • Your essay should be about 500-600 words. Don’t make your essay too long or too short.
  • Give specific examples.
  • Be honest.

Topic ideas

  • Personal
    • Pick an event in your life that made you who you are.
    • What is your biggest accomplishment?
    • When did you fail at something and how did you handle it?
  • Academic
    • Why you want to attend a particular school.
    • What you want to do and why. (How you will contribute to the world with your degree.
    • Why you want to attend college.
  • Discussion
    • Both sides of a political problem.
    • How to make the world a better place.
    • Both sides of a social problem.