September 17, 2019

The College Application Video Essay

Two months ago, 5,697 new freshman began their college careers at UCLA.  That’s out of the 80,522 that applied for admission.

UC Berkeley had a record high 67,665 applicants for 4,500 spots.  The situation is not quite as bad at other California universities but the message is consistent:  it’s tough to distinguish yourself from an overwhelming pool of high-achieving applicants.  

For smaller, mostly private colleges and universities, some students are producing video-essays to get them out in front of the pack.  What started with 2 schools inviting video essays in 2009 is now an acceptable if supplemental (in most cases it WON’T replace a written essay) option for making the kind of impression that written words just can’t equal.  

To find out more about video essays, including some great tips in case you’d like to give it a try, check out this article from The New York Times.  And make sure you check out the last video by Kyle Sanford, applying to Massachusetts Institute of Technology fall 2013.  It’s AWESOME!!!!  

 

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