College Admission Essay Requirements

This article is an extract from some of the material contained in my eBook titled: Instant College Admission Essay Kit - How To Write A Personal Statement Essay That Will Get You In.

Specific requirements for what must go into the admission essay will vary from college to college and program to program.

Sometimes, the requirement will be to write a one to two page essay on the topic of your choice. Other times, you may be asked to choose an essay topic from a list of pre-specified topics. You will often be given a specific word count limit.

A common approach is to ask an applicant to write an essay that answers a specific question. For example, the question could be something like;

"What are your five most dominant personality
characteristics, and describe how they will affect your
future academic and professional careers?"


"With reference to your personal, academic, and professional background,
why have you chosen to pursue post-graduate studies in the field of
Library Sciences at South Pacific University? (max. 800 words)"

In most cases, unless otherwise stated, your essay should range in length somewhere between 700 and 1,000 words (about a page and a half to two pages, single-spaced).

A few universities may even require you to write a "set" of short essays on a list of pre-selected topics (e.g. Harvard).

In addition to the main essay, some institutions require a set of short answers (e.g. 200 to 250 words) to a set of short questions.

Medical schools usually have very specific and stringent essay requirements.

Nevertheless, regardless of the specific requirements at a particular university or college, the overall approach to writing an admission essay or personal statement remains essentially the same.

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