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College Essay About Academic Interests

Crafting the “Academic Interests” Response

How do you write a college essay about academic interests?

In addition to asking applicants about which majors interest them and their potential future plans, some schools ask applicants to write a college essay about academic interests. While not as common as some of the other supplemental essays, this essay is an important component of a strong application. Here are a few Do's and Don'ts for tackling these essays.


Think carefully about your choice of academic interest!

See this as an opportunity to reveal more about yourself!

Relate this to the college and their programming.

Show, don’t tell.


Worry that your answer is a commitment to what you will study.

Sweat that your answer is not very specific!

Provide a confusing answer. Concision is key.

These tips are especially important as you navigate scholarship apps that are specific to particular interests or hobbies! Best Wishes!

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