How to Write a Successful College Application Essay
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How to Write a Successful College Application Essay

This course teaches you how to write a successful college essay with a clear, step-by-step approach.
5.0 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,104 students enrolled
Created by Steve Schwartz
Last updated 10/2013
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Get tips for overcoming writers' block
  • Choose a college essay topic
  • Learn what admission officers are looking for in college essays
  • Complete a polished final draft of your college admission essay
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Requirements
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Paper
  • Word processing software (like Microsoft Word, Notepad, or Textedit)
Description

This course is based upon the work of Steve Schwartz, a professional college admission counselor in New York with over a decade of experience. He's the author of a popular guide to college admissions as well as hundreds of articles on the college admissions process (available on Get Into College Blog). He's also the moderator of Reddit's college admissions forum.

He speaks regularly on various aspects of the college application process to students, parents, and educators at schools and community organizations. He also facilitates interactive seminars and workshops.

In his experience, test scores and GPA usually aren't enough to guarantee admission. Your college essays play an important role in showing colleges who you are as a person.

In this course, he'll help you craft college essays that showcase your strengths and make them want to accept you.

Because GPAs and standardized test scores don't tell your full story, the college essay is your #1 chance to show admission officers who you are. In these short lessons, you'll learn the role of the college essay in the admission process, choose a topic, develop your unique "position" as an applicant, write a rough draft, and ultimately turn it into a polished final draft that you can proudly submit.

Bonus: As a special thank-you for signing up, you'll also get a free lesson on how to answer the school-specific “Why Do You Want To Go To Our College?" essay.

Why wait? This is the most popular college admission course on Udemy, with over 1,000 students and counting. Sign up now to begin developing your story.

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Steve's Story

Although my GPA and test scores were below the norm, I was accepted to Columbia University in 2002. (Of course, I accepted their offer of admission and loved it there!)

Why? Because I was a high school superstar. (Best-selling author Cal Newport actually featured me in How to Be a High School Superstar.)

I wowed them with a college essay about my experiences lobbying government delegates at a United Nations conference in South Africa. (The real UN, not Model UN.)

Delegates from government and non-profit organizations wrote my letters of recommendation. My résumé described my leadership in a national youth organization advocating sustainable development.

Soon after Columbia accepted me, friends, neighbors, and people I barely knew began asking for advice on how to improve their college applications.

Since then, I've helped over 1,000 students craft winning college essays and gain admission to the schools of their dreams.

I can help you, too.

For more information about me and the services I provide, please email me.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone applying to college
  • Anyone who wants to improve his or her writing skills
  • Anyone working on the college essay
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
01:06:16
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The Role of the College Essay
1 Lecture 02:56

In this video, you'll learn the role that the college essay plays in the college admission process.

Preview 02:56
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Getting Started
3 Lectures 08:11

In this video, I'll discuss 5 steps you can take to get started on your college essay.

Preview 03:50

In this PDF download, you'll get 10 writing prompts to help you start your college essay.

Writing Prompts to Help You Start Your College Essay
2 pages

In this video, I'll help you figure out how to overcome writer's block when you don't have a college essay topic yet.

Preview 04:21
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Choosing a Topic
2 Lectures 07:58

In this video, I'll give you tips on how to brainstorm effectively so that you can choose your college essay topic.

Choosing Your College Essay Topic by Thinking About Your Goals: Brainstorming
03:50

In this video, I'll show you how to review your college essay topic idea to determine whether it's worth writing about.

How to Review Your College Essay Topic Idea
04:08
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Getting Personal
4 Lectures 23:26

In this video, I'll show you how to develop your "story" in order to write an effective college essay.

Developing Your Story
08:17

In this video, I'll take you from having a college essay topic, to writing your rough draft.

Starting Your College Essay Rough Draft
04:42

In this video, I'll help you figure out how to overcome writer's block even when you already have a college essay topic.

Overcoming Writer’s Block When You Already Have a Topic
04:53

In this video, I'll give you tips on how to make your college essay more "personal."

Getting Personal in Your College Essay
05:34
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Cleaning It Up
4 Lectures 13:14

In this video, I'll share some advice on what NOT to do in your college essay.

How NOT to Write Your College Essay: Mistakes to Avoid
05:46

In this video, I'll share some rules of good writing so that you can effectively edit your college essay.

Editing Your College Essay: Rules of Good Writing
02:28

You can use these questions to help you edit your college essay.

Questions to Help You Edit Your College Essay
1 page

In this video, I'll share 7 questions that you should answer in your college essay.

7 Questions to Answer in Your College Essay
05:00
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Bonus
1 Lecture 06:53

In this video, I discuss how to answer the “Why Do You Want To Go To Our College?” essay.

How to Answer the “Why Do You Want To Go To Our College?” Essay
06:53
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:22

In these final notes, I'll point you towards some additional (and free!) resources on applying to college.

Final Notes
00:22
About the Instructor
Steve Schwartz
5.0 Average rating
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1,104 Students
1 Course
Professional College Admission Counselor

Steve Schwartz has over a decade of experience as a professional college admission counselor. He's the host of the popular College Admissions Toolbox podcast (available on iTunes and Stitcher) and author of a guide to college admissions, as well as hundreds of articles on the college admissions process (available on Get Into College Blog). He's also the moderator of Reddit's college admissions forum.

He speaks regularly on various aspects of the college application process to students, parents, and educators at schools and community organizations. He also facilitates interactive seminars and workshops.

In his experience, test scores and GPA usually aren't enough to guarantee admission. Your college essays play an important role in showing colleges who you are as a person.

In this course, he'll help you craft college essays that showcase your strengths and make them want to accept you.

***

Steve's Story:

Although my GPA and test scores were below the norm, I was accepted to Columbia University in 2002. (Of course, I accepted their offer of admission and loved it there!)

Why? Because I was a high school superstar. (Best-selling author Cal Newport actually featured me in How to Be a High School Superstar.)

I wowed them with a college essay about my experiences lobbying government delegates at a United Nations conference in South Africa. (The real UN, not Model UN.)

Delegates from government and non-profit organizations wrote my letters of recommendation. My résumé described my leadership in a national youth organization advocating sustainable development.

Soon after Columbia accepted me, friends, neighbors, and people I barely knew began asking for advice on how to improve their college applications.

Since then, I've helped over 1,000 students craft winning college essays and gain admission to the schools of their dreams.

I can help you, too.

For more information about me and the services I provide, please email me.