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Personal essays can make or break an applicant’s chances of admission to a selective college. Unfortunately, given an opportunity to sell themselves directly to admissions committees, most applicants sell themselves short.
Very few students know how to write essays that excite experienced admissions professionals. UCA can show you how.
The starting point for ALL admissions essays should be a clear understanding of what premier universities want to know about you. UCA knows the grading methods used by America's top schools.
In order to impress selective universities, one must first understand oneself. UCA believes that no essay should be started until the applicant has a firm grasp on his or her own individuality. With that knowledge, UCA helps students identify personal life experiences that are both memorable and support their distinct strengths. Together we develop essay topics and substantive “talking points.”
Once we develop your strategy and personal storyline, UCA utilizes the “CODE” method of writing: Concept, Outline, Draft, Edit.
Each essay has a purpose and goal, or Concept. Students then work on multiple versions of the Outline, developing the specifics necessary to make a story memorable. With a detailed outline as guidance, our students Draft as quickly as possible – always in less than 30 minutes – so that their personal voice is projected. Then, UCA and the student Edit each essay, providing professional editors to review and polish student work without losing the writer’s individual voice and personality.
At all times, our focus is to make an applicant distinctive and memorable. Our students work hard but also work smart, so that each essay has both the substance to enhance student opportunity and the style to enchant admissions representatives.
With guidance and direction from UCA, applicants develop essays that present themselves in the best possible manner.