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MS Human Resource Development '06
Rochester NY

The College Essay

SueLynn Hauer on Wednesday, 14 October 2009. Posted in Advising & Support, International Students, Institute Requirements

At RIT, our essay requirement is broad to allow students the flexibility to write about what they’d like.  Students can submit an essay they’ve written for a class, a professional statement-why they are interested in a career field or major, an essay about themselves which tells us more about what makes them unique, or a significant event in their life…the skies the limit!


Here are some pointers:


1. Choose a meaningful topic.  Whether it’s a topic on why you’re passionate about computers, or community service, if you choose a topic you’re passionate about, it will reflect in your essay.  Shouldn’t it be easier to write about things you know about?


2. Tell us more.  You application will already include your transcript and test scores.  Tell us something that we wouldn’t know already from your other application pieces.


3. But, get to the point.  While the essay typically will have a beginning, middle, and end, don’t go on and on.  We don’t set specific length guidelines and read everything that is submitted with the application.  However, don’t think that your essay has to be long for it to be good.


4. Edit.  It sounds basic, but re-read your essay.  Have other people read your essay.  Have your English teacher read your essay.  While the topic is very important, so is the need to have a well-written essay with no spelling errors or grammatical mistakes.


The essay is just one part of the application materials you will send to colleges.  It is however, one that you have a lot of control over…make it work!

Comments (6)

  • Alexis


    31 October 2010 at 16:17 |
    OK... Thank you for the helpful pointers. :)
  • TeresaCef


    29 December 2016 at 12:16 |
    In a case like yours the applicant typically includes a description of each of the pertinent extracurricular activities he was a part of (pupil authorities, athletics, discussion membership, etc.) as well as how they educated him about the value of teamwork, or democracy, or whatever, and the way in which they make him more receptive to or more absorbent of as well as a better teacher of whatever goes on in the class.
    Sit down and analyze yourself as well as see in the event you can actually determine why you feel you're the proper representative of your college in this instance, in one sentence or one phrase. In the event you can come up with so, the remainder should flow normally. Try and avert bachelor of Science.
    You do not make it clear if you are heading as a pupil to learn some thing or if you are heading as a panelist or as a speaker or instructor whether you are heading as a panelist or as a speaker or teacher. In what I wrote above I presumed you are heading as a student, but what I wrote might be adapted to the teacher role.
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