ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Helpful Tips for Writing Effective College Admission Essays

Updated on October 18, 2019
lee custodio profile image

Lee is a Masters in Management graduate who has been working as a freelance writer and researcher since 2009.

Do you already have a prospective college in mind yet apprehensive to apply because you’re afraid to write a college admission essay? Or probably, you already have the things you want to write on your head but find it difficult to put it on paper? College admission essays are a crucial aspect of college and university applications. It is one of the criteria in which your prospective college would gauge your capacity and skills for learning so it is a must to ensure that you made a quality essay. After all, first impressions last and if your college admission essay is no good, it might also be your last impression to give. Here are some tips to guide you in writing that winning essay.

1. College admission essays are structured. This means that your essay must be well-organized in such a way that the ideas flow with continuity. You should create an outline of how you would tackle the topic you would discuss before moving on to the writing process itself.

2. College admission essays are clear. This means that you have to be direct to the point. Using jargon and flowery words would not impress the school administrator who would read your essay. Use words that you are familiar with when writing to avoid confusing yourself and the receiver of your letter. As much as possible try to keep your sentence structure simple and easy to understand.

3. College admission essays are focused. This means that you have to concentrate on one aspect of the topic, emphasize a particular strength that you have, or focus on one example. Even if the college admission essay requires you to answer several questions, your response should highlight a circumstance in which your capabilities would be best showcased.

4. College admission essays are free from errors. After you have finished writing your essay, be sure to proofread it first before submitting it. Better yet, have someone else check your paper. Commonly, you tend to miss out on glaring errors after spending so much time and effort in writing your essay. Ask a professor, a friend, or someone who you know would have an objective opinion and who could identify grammar and spelling errors.

College admission essays are an important aspect of college applications because it gives your prospective college a glimpse of you. Just as important is your knowledge about the school. Be sure that before you apply, you have researched about the college or university to which you are applying as this might also be of help in improving the quality of your essay. Check out their website and try to incorporate significant facts about the school—i.e. mission, vision, awards, and accomplishments, which you could cite on your college admission essay.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)