Having this information allows you to plan the best approach to each essay and helps you cut down on work by determining whether you can use an essay for more than one prompt.
Writing good college essays involves a lot of work: you need dozens of hours to get just one personal statement properly polished, and that's before you even start to consider any supplemental essays.
As I touched on above, each college has its own essay requirements, so you'll need to go through and determine what exactly you need to submit for each school.
This process is simple if you're only using the Common App, since you can easily view the requirements for each school under the "My Colleges" tab.
Writing your personal statement for your college application is an undeniably overwhelming project.
Your essay is your big shot to show colleges who you are—it's totally reasonable to get stressed out. This guide will walk you through each step of the essay writing process to help you understand exactly what you need to do to write the best possible personal statement.
Next, you'll determine how to create an interesting essay that shows off your unique perspective and write multiple drafts in order to hone your structure and language.
Once your writing is as effective and engaging as possible, you'll do a final sweep to make sure everything is correct.
You'll need to look up the essay requirements for each college—what's required should be clear on the application itself, or you can look under the "how to apply" section of the school's website.
Once you've determined the requirements for each school, I recommend making yourself a chart with the school name, word limit, and application deadline on one side and the prompt or prompts you need to respond to on the other.