How Do You Write a Supplemental Essay?
What Is a Supplemental Essay?
In addition to the main personal statement for the Common Application and/or Coalition Application many schools include their own school-specific essays, also known as supplemental essays. These are additional pieces of writing that give admissions officers the chance to get to know you better.
Many students might not know some schools will ask for additional essays. These writing supplements are usually shorter than the main college essay, but they’re no less important.
Some colleges ask for just one supplemental essay, while others may require several. Most of the more selective colleges will require at least one additional essay.
Are Supplemental Essays Important?
Most college applicants fail to put adequate time into a supplemental college essay. It’s tempting to dash off a generic and vague piece that can be used at multiple schools, resulting in a weak essay.
The most popular supplemental essay prompt is a “Why Us?” question.
Here’s some last piece of advice:
- Stay within the word count. Many schools won’t let you submit essays which are over the maximum word count, while many others have minimum word counts you’ll also need to meet.
- Keep track of the essays you need to write. You don’t want to realize you’ve missed one on the day of submission.
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