” I suggest that students imagine themselves on the other side of the admissions desk.
If you were a director of admissions at a college and were choosing who to accept and who to deny, what would you want to read about in a “Why this college? Once you are looking at the prompt from that perspective, it’s easy to see why droning on and on about the sense of spirit in the stadium won’t set you apart.
Harvard is an institution where grade inflation long ago replaced real leadership. The University of Michigan is worse than the garbage pile of a state it’s located in. I would not care if they burned to the ground as long as I am attending Dartmouth when the ashes settle.
If you accept me to your school, I will study whatever you want.
Admissions committees put the most weight on your high school grades and your test scores .
However, selective colleges receive applications from many worthy students with similar scores and grades—too many to admit.
How does this specific college differ from others on your list? Are the study abroad opportunities especially appealing? Is their commitment to an Honor Code something that speaks to you?
What are some things that colleges don’t want to read about?
Dartmouth: You are the school I really want to go to.
I know I am taking a risk writing that here because this application will go to every school I apply to.