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Applying for college and want tips on how to write a great college application essay? 826michigan and YpsiWrites have assembled resources and created a step-by-step how-to video to help!
WRITE A GREAT COLLEGE ESSAY 

Write your way into college with help from the 826digital College Essay Project! Download the Great College Essay Project and the Student Packet linked here, grab some paper and a pencil or your laptop, then follow along with the video by 826michigan that walks you step-by-step through writing the essay.

FOR STUDENTS

Find tips on what to write about, what NOT to write about, a writing checklist and some sample essays. This guide introduces the Common App essay prompts and walks you through a series of tips on writing a strong essay and on pitfalls to avoid while writing. It includes a helpful “Student Writing Checklist” that you return to throughout their drafting and revision process.

FOR TEACHERS

This slideshow is designed for instructors use in tandem with the “The Great College Essay Project: Write Your Way In” student packet above and this lesson plan.

MORE COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY RESOURCES

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Detailed information about the contents on all of the pdfs linked to on this web page

WRITING APPLICATION ESSAYS PRESENTATION

A Johns Hopkins University presentation with sample essays used by EMU Writing Center.

2020-2021 COMMON APP ESSAY QUESTIONS

Common App prompts including the optional question on how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected your personal and academic life

EMU WRITING CENTER ESSAY ADVICE

Application essay advice and prewriting activities

HBCU APPLICATION INFORMATION

Information on the Common Black College Application platform, which allows students to apply to all 58 participating Historically Black Colleges and Universities for a single $20 fee

EMU WRITING CENTER SAMPLE ESSAY

Pre-writing strategies, tips for drafting and revising, a proofreading checklist, practice prompts, and reflection

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