College Essay Advice from The University of Chicago

Recently I met with a colleague who works in the admissions office of the University of Chicago and had a chance to ask her about essays. As you may know, the University of Chicago prides itself on asking unique, thought-provoking essay questions to college applicants each year. Last year, most of my students chose to…

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From the Dean of Admissions of Princeton University

At Ivy League Potential, our students spend many hours working on their college essays. The average student goes through 5-10 revisions on their main college essay. How important is the college essay? The Dean of Admission at Princeton University answers this question. Question: You hear admission officers and counselors talk about how important the essay…

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College Level Writing Skills

According to the National Commission on Writing, “A recent survey of American corporations and government entities found that good writing skills are vital to gaining a job and advancing in one’s place of employment.” [Writing, Technology, and Teens, 2008] Yet, research suggests that American students are in an educational crisis, marked by low levels of…

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