Any recommendations on good book on college application essay writing

Can anyone comment on this? Thank you!

I’d recommend “Write Your Way In” by Rachel Toor. I heard the recommendation from several on this site, and it’s great!

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I recommend “On Writing The College Application Essay The Key to Acceptance at the College of Your Choice” by Harry Bauld and “Conquering the College Admissions Essay in 10 Steps”, by Alan Gelb; these two books were very useful to my son two years ago.


I recommend Hack the College Essay - just search that, it is a free pdf online. Short, good read, excellent suggestions and clear examples.

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For preliminary suggestions and examples of successful essays, this sight may be helpful:

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@merc81: Thank you for posting the Hamilton college link. It offers excellent advice.

Hamilton College admissions wrote:

“…the voice of a teenager is very different from a parent’s, and we’ve gotten pretty good at spotting the difference.”

“Remember substance and voice are better than perfection.”

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In another post you say you are a 9th grader. It is way to early to think about college essays. Over the next couple of years hopefully your writing style will evolve, you will have new experiences, your thinking will mature etc.

Thank you all for sharing your suggestions! Very helpful!

Are there any courses that you would suggest to improve essay writing ?

In my opinion Hack the College Essay is all you need. College essays are a unique style and different from regular essay writing. PM me if you can’t find that pdf.

I love College Essay Essentials by Ethan Sawyer. He also has a lot of free materials at his web site, The college essay Guy.