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Saturday, January 22, 2011
Too Much Information Hurts Admissions Essays
Are you sitting down with your college admissions essay and trying to determine what should go into it? One common mistake that prospective students make is to include too much information. While it might be natural to want to cram as much information into college application essays as possible, the reality is that this can make your essay seem unprofessional and poorly edited. In addition, it could cause an admissions officer to gloss over the important, relevant information in your essay, ruining your chance to impress them.

This common mistake of too much information includes adding content that has already been covered in the transcripts or the application. You don't need to restate your grade point average or which student clubs you were involved in during high school. Admissions officers can get that information from the other parts of your application if they are interested.

Much like an MBA admission essay, an undergraduate admissions essay is one part of a larger application process. It is your chance to tell a story and explain how your life experiences will enrich the college of your choice. Avoiding pointless content lets you get to the parts of the story that will stand out with admissions advisors.


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