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50 Successful Harvard Application Essays

What Worked for Them Can Help You Get into the College of Your Choice

St. Martin's Griffin

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With an ever-growing pool of talented and diverse college applicants coming from the top high schools in the country and beyond, students everywhere are feeling the pressure to craft application essays that are clear, passionate, and, above all else, persuasive. No easy task.

Examples that Inspire

To help, this completely new edition of 50 Successful Harvard Application Essays showcases the exact approaches, both conventional and creative, that won over admissions officers at Harvard University, the nation’s top-ranked college. From chronicling personal achievements to detailing unique talents, the variety of topics covered within these essays opens applicants up to new possibilities and showcases the best techniques to help them tell their stories most effectively. Each essay in this collection was used by a Harvard student and is followed by analysis by the staff of The Harvard Crimson, where the essay is taken apart and its strengths and weakness are detailed to show readers how they can write their own winning essay.

Strategies that Succeed

50 Successful Harvard Application Essays’ tested approaches and straightforward advice make it the best resource for applicants who are looking for the insider’s knowledge to get accepted to the school of their dreams.


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I. INTRODUCTION: THE ADMISSIONS ESSAY
Writing a college admissions essay is an admittedly daunting task. Most likely, you have been repeatedly told that these five hundred painstakingly crafted words must complete the intimidating mission of distinguishing yourself from the legions of other college applicants, in order to leave your own personalized mark on the admissions officers. You’ve probably been reminded that your essay should strike a balance between being compelling and insightful, but not too contrived. You’ve likely heard varying accounts of how important the admissions
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  • THE HARVARD CRIMSON has been the daily newspaper of Harvard University since 1873. It is the nation’s oldest continually operating daily college newspaper.
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What Worked for Them Can Help You Get into the College of Your Choice

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