College Application Essay Resources

This page contains resources from a variety of sources, plus Boxcar Writing Labs resources for students writing their College Application Essay

College Application Writing from A to Z: College Application Essays, Supplementals, Common Application, and Scholarship Essays

This blog article is a great resource for understanding the different kinds of college application essays, writing supplements, and scholarship essays that are part of the college application process.

Current Common Application Prompts

See the most recent Common Application writing prompts here.

New York Times Standout College Essays 2017

This article features standout College Application Essays from the New York Times.

Top College Admissions Speak About What Makes a Great Essay. 

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Your Topic

This video form Boxcar Writing Labs contains 5 Topic Mistakes to Avoid in order to write your best College Application Essay.

5 Reasons to Start Your College Application Essay Today 

This video is the first in a series of videos with resources for starting your College Application Essay today.

Why College is Just like Getting Married. Sort of…

This Boxcar Writing Labs video is a short lesson on why happiness should be part of your college search and gives some helpful tips on writing your college application supplements.

A Video Journey on Writing a College Application Essay 

I made this video to SHOW students how to take an idea and develop it into a great topic for a winning College Application Essay.