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Essay Writing

How can you stand out beyond your grades and extracurricular activities?

The college admissions essay is your space to convey personal qualities about yourself.


Put yourself in the admissions officers' shoes: Convey the student you want to accept.

As you read the essay prompt, brainstorm moments from your life.

Then, transform moments into scenes. 

Don't tell us you're resilient. Show us! Let's work together to share your story.

Types of Essays

Apply Texas


Apply Texas has 3 main essays. Not all 3 are required to apply to Texas universities. For example, UT-Austin and A&M College Station only require essay A. In addition, some universities may have additional short answer questions. Certain majors may also require an additional essay not listed below.

Essay A:

Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?

Essay B:

Most students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. Tell us about yourself.

Essay C:

You've got a ticket in your hand - Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?

Common Application

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The Common Application operates slightly differently than Apply Texas. You must write one essay that will be sent to each university. In addition, each university will have a supplemental writing prompt that can range from short answers to a long essay.

Although the Common Application offers seven prompts, it's

highly recommended you modify your Apply Texas Essay B to fit prompt #1 as they are nearly identical.

Prompt #1: 

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

(minimum 250 words, maximum 650 words)

Tips for Essay Writing

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