College applicants and those who advise them love to debate the role of the essay or personal statement in the admissions process.
While no essay will make a patently unqualified student suddenly acceptable, a good essay can help a qualified applicant stand out from the competition.
And a great essay might just be what turns a “maybe” into an “admit.”
You'll find all kinds of advice on the internet on what makes a great essay. But perhaps the most useful may be found on college websites and comes from those who read them.
Here are 12 excellent essay tips from admissions offices and those folks who are likely reading your essays: