Writing your Application Essay
To apply to most programs at Central Penn College, we require an essay. Just the thought of having to write another essay makes some students nervous, but there’s no reason to fear – your application essay is a great way to tell the admissions team more about who you are! Below are some tips to help you get started:
- Not too short, not too long! We usually recommend that students write about one page, typed, single-spaced, or about 500 words. If your essay is a little bit shorter or longer, that’s not a problem! However, if you turn in an essay that’s only 200 words, we’ll probably have to ask you to keep working on it before we can count it as your essay. If you turn in a 10 page essay, we probably won’t have time to read the whole thing! So try to stay as close to 500 words or one page as you can.
- Be yourself! The topic for your Central Penn College application essay is simply “a personal statement describing your involvement in your school or community.” That means that you can write your essay on almost anything! Think about something that you’re involved with that means a lot to you: Is basketball what you live and breathe? Do you love being a volunteer firefighter? Are you really involved in your religious community? Does being the treasurer of your FBLA club (Future Business Leaders of America) make you feel proud? Whatever you love to do and be a part of, tell us about it!
- Proofread! We want to learn more about you through your essay, but we also want to see an example of your writing skills. For that reason, it’s important to re-read your essay to check spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It’s also a good idea to have someone else read your essay too – don’t hesitate to enlist a friend, family member, or teacher to help proofread your essay!
Want some more tips? Check out additional advice at the links below!
- US News & World Report
- big future by The College Board
- NACAC: National Association for College Admission Counseling
- College Admissions at About.com