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The Importance of Supplemental Essays in College Admissions

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When you hear the term “college admission essay," you may be thinking of just the Common App essay -- but when reality strikes and you see that your school of choice also requires additional essays, it can be surprising -- and confusing.

A supplemental essay is an additional, tailored essay question (or several) that an institution asks applicants to answer. You may wonder just how important a supplemental essay is in the college admission process, but just because it is “supplemental" does not mean it's any less important in the college admissions process. In fact, the supplemental essay is paramount to many colleges, and writing it should be done with as much thought and effort as any college essay.

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