Hopefully by now you have taken (or at least registered to take) the SAT and you've got your eye on a few universities to apply to in the United States. We've said it time and time again, the easiest way to apply to a lot of universities at the same time is to use the Common Application. You can apply to more than 500 universities using one application (they even added 60 new universities this year!).
Although some universities have supplements that require you to write more essays, there are many good universities that don't require extra work, which means you can do the application once and then keep applying.
The new 2014-2015 Common Application essays are out! If you're not familiar with the Common App, it's an online application system that allows you to apply to more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States using one application. Although you may have to complete supplemental online forms, recommendations, and essays for some universities, the amount of work you have to do is GREATLY reduced.
There is one standard essay that you have to write for the Common App. Make it good because all of your universities will read it. You can get started on this essay even before you're sure about which unis you're going to apply to!
The essay prompts are as follows (maximum word count is 650 words):
Related: How to Write Good English
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Columbia essays are out!
Columbia Business School essays have just been released for the next application cycle.
Our tip: Be emotionally reflective and open when you write your essays. It's important to give details about your childhood, influences, or private thoughts so that your stand out and don't write a cookie cutter essay.
Short Answer Question: What is your post-MBA professional goal? (200 characters maximum)
A. Why are you pursuing an MBA at this point in your career, and how do you plan to achieve your immediate and long term post-MBA professional goals? (Maximum 500 words)
B. Please view this video, entitled Community at Columbia. Diverse, tight-knit clusters and carefully selected learning teams are defining features of the first year at Columbia Business School. Along with more than 100 student organizations and countless events each semester, the cluster system helps to create a supportive and devoted lifelong community. Describe why you are interested in becoming a part of the Columbia community. (Maximum 250 words)
Describe a personal experience and how it has influenced who you are today. This essay should have a personal rather than a professional focus. (Maximum 500 words)
January 2013 Entry: October 3, 2012
August 2013 Entry: April 10, 2013 (October 3rd for Early Decision)
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A student recently sent us this list and we think it's a great review of what NOT to do. No matter what test you're studying for or which schools you're applying to, avoiding these mistakes can really improve your writing.
HOW TO WRITE GOOD ENGLISH
by Sally Bulford
(reprinted without permission from somewhere)
1. Avoid alliteration. Always.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
4. Employ the vernacular.
5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions aren't necessary.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
10. One should never generalize.
11. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
12. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
13. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
14. Be more or less specific.
15. Understatement is always best.
16. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
17. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
18. The passive voice is to be avoided.
19. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
20. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
21. Who needs rhetorical questions?
22. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
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