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  • Advice from experts on writing college app essays
  • Submitted by Jennifer G on 2010-11-23
  • Advice from experts on writing college app essays

    With college application deadlines looming, the pressure is on for high school seniors to write the perfect essay.

    But what are schools really looking for? And what role should parents play when teens try to sum up their lives in a few hundred words?

    Here are some insights from admissions officials at The Ohio State University and at Oberlin College, along with advice from the author of "Write Your College Essay In Less Than a Day."

    Ohio State, one of the country's biggest schools with 56,000 students on its Columbus campus, gets 26,600 applications a year and admits more than 14,000 students. "When you're getting the volume of applications we do, you put the greatest weight on the high school transcript and performance in high school," said Mabel Freeman, assistant vice president for undergraduate admissions.

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