On Writing the College Application Essay, 25th Anniversary Edition: The Key to Acceptance at the College of Your Choice

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A newly revised edition of a perennial favorite, On Writing the College Application Essay by Harry Bauld—formerly an admissions officer at Brown University and assistant director of admissions at Columbia University—is an insider’s guide to writing a college application essay that will stand out from the pack.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Reference; Rev Upd edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062123998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062123992
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great dose of comedy and reality

1 helpful vote
 on December 27, 2014
By Heather
I bought this book before my senior year for an essay writing course. I thought that it was a great read and that upcoming seniors should give it a read. Bauld delivers the reality of being an admissions counselor and puts in perspective what it is like for someone to have to read the same boring, simplistic essay over and over again, and offers solid advice to the writers.

Recommended by a professional college service

1 helpful vote
 on May 20, 2017
By CC Mac
What a great book. I can’t believe I’m reading about the college application process and laughing out loud. Just buy it. And read it in an afternoon.

Informative and Engaging

1 helpful vote
 on April 30, 2016
By B.R.
I got this book a year ago as a transfer student from a community college. I applied to a top college in US and with the tips from this book I got accepted yesterday!

The single most important part of my college app

1 helpful vote
 on June 13, 2014
By Terry
This is, hands down, the single most important factor for my admission to the school I am at now, Swarthmore College. Pretty good SATs (>2300) might also have really helped, but my grades sucked. I credit my essay with tipping my app towards that fat acceptance letter.

Best book out there!

1 helpful vote
 on August 4, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Buy this book! It’s totally worth the money. You’ll be glad you did. I appreciate the information not only on essays but on other aspects of the application such as the importance of scores, and how to ask for a letter of recommendation. I really feel like I know my audience of admissions officers better now. I also have learned more about the editing process, and have gotten to read officer’s reactions to different essays.

Must-have resource for college essays!

1 helpful vote
 on February 8, 2017
By onevoicecoints
This book is very helpful for juniors and seniors writing college essays.

Excellent book – got an average student into a good college

6 helpful votes
 on June 30, 2011
By Jake
This was the first book I picked up to help me with the college essay writing process and it turned out to be the only book that I needed. Concise, engaging and thorough, the book offered me a view of the admissions officers side of the process that helped me shape my essay into something that was unique and stood out from the others. I had an average GPA, good test scores, and average extracurriculars, so it was pretty much up to the essay to determine whether or I would get into college. Surely enough, I’m going off to a top 10 school this fall and I attribute most of my success this to this book!

not for the weak at heart when it comes to the whole college application process

1 helpful vote
 on September 22, 2012
By boomz
this book will tell you everything you need to know, in very direct language, about what you need to do to write a good essay on an application to a competitive college. the problem is that the author will leave you infuriated at what a sleaze bag, crap shoot the whole college admisssions process has become. the chapter that describes a fictious late night conversation between two admissions officers will make your skin crawl. if admissions people are so burned out and bored with reading applications with less than brilliant essays then i suggest they find another line of work. however, the book is well written, humorous at times and filled with absolutely essential information for kids trying to get into competitive colleges. so, just keep repeating to yourself that knowledge is power and most of the time the truth really hurts.

By far the best!

2 helpful votes
 on February 3, 2011
By Cynthia
I’m using my mother’s account to write this review:

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