Keep in mind, however, that it’s rarely a good idea to emulate someone else’s topic or writing style.
The point of asking students to write these essays for their college applications is to get a sense of who that individual is as a person.
Several other private liberal arts institutions experienced a considerable increase in their applicant numbers.
This dichotomy begs a complicated question: why not Conn?
This is not a glaring difference, but do the applicant and enrollment numbers represent a random hiccup or a concerning trend for Conn?
Dean of the College Jefferson Singer provided insight into the College’s historical relationship with enrollment numbers.Johns Hopkins University‘s Office of Admission Hamilton College’s Alumni Magazine Tufts University’s Office of Admission Connecticut College‘s Office of Admission The College Board‘s advice on writing essays has a few examples with critique.If you want a sense of how important the opening lines of your college essay can be, see my own post here, with samples from Stanford.Moreover, the College must be confident in its ability to enroll the appropriate number of accepted students, which is difficult to pin down.A serious implication to consider when evaluating these admission numbers is the College’s budget.Despite this plan, Conn has rarely met this goal of 500.Said Singer, “so ultimately that wasn’t, maybe, the most effective strategy for us, to keep projecting at a number we weren’t realizing.”Compared to several other similarly sized and ranked institutions, Conn’s admissions numbers stand out.With 5,678 applications, Hamilton College’s 2017 application numbers were closer to Conn’s than other NESCACs.However, Hamilton only accepted 1,375 students, 24% of its total pool.Copying someone else’s format or incorporating others’ ideas into your own essay is a sure-fire way to muddle things up.So, by all means, have a look at some good essays to give you a general idea of how other students have completed this highly personal, highly specific assignment.