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The 5 Traits Colleges Look for in Applicants

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We already distilled the purpose of college essays into a single phrase: To prove you'll be successful in college and beyond.

Now we'll focus on how you can prove you'll be successful. The only way to prove future success is through your experiences to date. These must relate to one or more of the five traits colleges look for in applicants: drive, intellectual curiosity, initiative, contribution and diversity of experiences.

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