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How one high school senior approached her essay with help from her counselor. Plus tips on what to do and what not to do when writing the essay.

Fourth in a series about a high school student who is navigating the college admissions process this fall.

Milan Patel, a 17-year-old senior at Palm Harbor University High School in Palm Harbor, Fla., shared this poem that he sent in with his application to the University of Florida’s honors program. It was written in response to this essay prompt: “Write a poem about your most embarrassing moment.” The teenager likes to ski and snowboard […]

The Common Application, widely used for college admissions by high school seniors at nearly 500 colleges and universities, has new essay prompts for 2013-14, and increased the number of words allowed for essay.

Why did the recent announcement about upcoming changes to the Common Application generate so much discussion and controversy in the world of college admissions?