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Hidden Supplemental Essays

Today I want to tell you about hidden supplemental college application essays. A lot of colleges, when you look at their application on the Common App, it tells you how many essays there are, how many extra writing assignments. But that may not actually be the case. 

What you need to do is go through not just where it says “Writing,” but also where it says “Questions” or “Activities,” because some of those questions are actually a big text box for a few hundred words. And guess what? That’s an essay! 

Also, some of those supplemental essays are going to populate dynamically, which means based on your major, there may be an extra essay. Based on if you’re applying to the honors college, there may be an extra essay. 

Clicking through the application once it opens on August 1 and seeing what’s there is going to be really important. Don’t just count on the instructions on the bottom to tell you how many essays there are.

Click, dig around, find out for yourself, and get working. If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 732-556-8220. We are here to help.

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