Will likely be asked a seemingly simple question: why do you want to attend this school? To name one highly selective school — or as part of a more complicated question: “which aspects of tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application?
Or: “how will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the university of pennsylvania?Concise or wordy, these prompts are really asking the same ts are often surprised that they are asked to defend their choice of college; shouldn’t the effort they’ve put into (researching, applying, and paying a fee) be enough? Their yield rates (the percentages of accepted students who choose to attend) are crucial factors in a their publicity campaigns and perceived prestige; they're also used in rankings. One way that colleges look desirable to prospective students is, in short, to be desirable to accepted lly speaking, the more selective a school, the greater the number of factors it’ll consider to determine whom to es want to know how much you want them, a factor they call demonstrated interest.
Other parts of an application — grades, test scores, activities, recommendations — being roughly equal, decisions at selective colleges are often made because a student does a good job of conveying the desire to be “why school x?
Colleges want students who will come back after their first year, and eventually graduate (preferably within six years).
Plus, college rankings often take them into account, as my experience, however, most students answer this question last, as something of an afterthought — perhaps with the notion that the response is (or should be) self-evident.I’d bet that most applicants spend a fraction of the time answering this question that they spend on their other essays.
But the answer to this question needs to be just as compelling as anything else you are some examples of what to do and what not to do, followed up by a discussion of what made the good ones good and what would help make the not-so-good ones are some (totally unedited) student responses to the ever-important question: “why? Want to study at a reputed university, with a stimulating environment as i have always lived in major cities where i can go to cafes, to hear music, to museums and sports events as part of my everyday life.
It has a strong international relations program which would be perfect for me since i have attended a diverse international school. Given boston university’s notable reputation and history, i would be excited by the opportunity to attend such a strong and knowledgeable institution . I seek a good education and definitely appreciate it, if the university i attend is renowned. If i went to a second-rank college i would be better off studying in switzerland .
You have the advantages of a small town, such as lots of greenery and a quiet environment, and yet chicago is very close and accessible .M done being a new yorker born and raised in sheltered suburbia — i’m ready to get slapped in the face by the unforgiving hand of nyc and to become a true noo yawk-ah. M done dancing around on the outskirts of the arena — i’m ready to plop myself right into the frenzied mist of action.
No walls insulate nyu from the sprawling labyrinth of nyc, which is ideal for a unique and exciting college experience .
Do i, an admissions officer, believe that this student has chosen my unique university with care?Do i learn anything from this response that i don’t already know from elsewhere in the student’s application?
The personal things she writes, about living in cities and attending “a diverse international school,” would be featured on her common university receives some 50,000 undergraduate applications every year.
If you read hundreds like this every cycle, would you be compelled to admit any of the students who wrote them? They’ve been edited for length here, their essays are much more detailed and convincing than student 1’s response. They all got into the schools they applied to, but let’s examine their responses closely to find out that the two northwestern applicants, six years apart and from different countries, not only described the college’s physical setting but talked about the same things — the lake, coffee shops, and t 1 talked only about her own life and not what drew her to the school.
In other words, she didn’t do a great job of demonstrating it’s a good idea to mention the location and vibe of a campus, applicants should be aware that thousands of other students, year after year, have done the same thing.