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5 Tips for a College Admissions Essay on Diversity

By October 21, 2012

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For many college applicants using the Common Application, personal essay option #5 might seem daunting:

A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.

Diversity is certainly a challenging topic to handle well, yet diversity is central to the goals of a college admissions office. Key to this essay topic is recognizing that the term "diversity" means much more than race. Every college student adds to campus diversity, and this essay topic asks you to articulate how you would contribute. So what are the secrets to acing this essay option? These 5 tips can help you avoid common pitfalls.

Also be sure to check out these tips for the other Common Application topics: an ethical dilemma | an important issue | an influential person | a fictional character | diversity | the open topic | a supplemental essay

Comments

December 14, 2011 at 11:47 am
(1) Anne P says:

Thanks for the great tips! The college admission essay can be a daunting task for many student applying for college. I think you made a great point talking about the many meanings of diversity.

Thanks!

Anne

July 6, 2012 at 10:18 am
(2) Cooper says:

thank you so much for the tips on the topic. they saved me a lot of time and helped me focus on what diversity actually means other than some traditional concepts.

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