Want to know what it takes to get into Columbia University, which had a 6.9% acceptance rate this year?
Columbia is one of hundreds of colleges that accept the Common App, a standardized undergraduate college application. One of the most daunting parts of the application is the essay, where applicants are asked to write up to 650 words about nearly any subject under the sun.
The Google Drive folder, which is currently public, contains around 70 essays right now. They’re worth poring through if you want to know what piqued the interest of Columbia’s admissions committee.
We’ve picked out a few noteworthy opening paragraphs:
The ‘life as a movie’:
The dramatic opening:
The hipster paradox:
Google DriveThe extended resume:
Google DriveThe romance novel:
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