How to Write a ‘Why School’ Essay

Inserting the university into your personal narrative

What they want from this essay

Often especially with the ‘Why School’ essays, they are requested from universities with a large applicant pool. These schools might attract a many potential students either because of their prestige or popular state school, but because they have such a large range of applicants they are trying to narrow down the pool by seeing who has a deeply invested interest in the university and who might simply be applying on a whim or putting in less effort. Schools want to admit students who are likely to enroll and who will be committed students to the university. Thus, showing thoughtful and sincere interest is a must.

How to show interest

As with all essays, this isn’t a time to throw every element you can think of into the essay. While you can talk about a range of things from academics to student life to location, not everything has to appear in the essay. Being thoughtful and intentional about what you elaborate upon will be unique to each person, but will ensure that you have substance and not surface. Take time to do your research and consider for yourself without the frame of the essay, simply, why do you like the university?

How to recycle writing

As I mentioned, you might end up writing at least a couple supplemental essays. It is a good idea to view each one as a separate entity so that each on feels genuine in your response, however, in certain cases you might be able to reuse or rework some of your language.

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With years of admissions experience and professional writing, Christina of Essay with Ease is your go-to guide for all essays related to college admissions.

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With years of admissions experience and professional writing, Christina of Essay with Ease is your go-to guide for all essays related to college admissions.