Writing for College Admissions

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 28, 2021 - July 14, 20216/28 - 7/142 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineRobert Ward
June 28, 2021 - July 14, 20216/28 - 7/142 WeeksOnlineCancelledOnlineKiran Saili
June 28, 2021 - July 14, 20216/28 - 7/142 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineDorin Smith
July 12, 2021 - July 28, 20217/12 - 7/282 WeeksOnlineCancelledOnlineMichael Gastiger
July 12, 2021 - July 28, 20217/12 - 7/282 WeeksOnlineWaitlistedOnlineTBD
July 12, 2021 - July 28, 20217/12 - 7/282 WeeksOnlineCancelledOnlineEleanor Rowe
July 26, 2021 - August 11, 20217/26 - 8/112 WeeksOnlineCancelledOnlineFabrizio Ciccone
July 26, 2021 - August 11, 20217/26 - 8/112 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineIlan Ben-Meir
July 26, 2021 - August 11, 20217/26 - 8/112 WeeksOnlineOpenOnlineOlivia Lafferty

Course Description

In this two-week-long seminar, we will explore the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing the powerful personal narratives that are at the root of successful college admissions essays. Together, we will practice strategies for constructing a personal profile and translating yourself into a specific and engaging essay for your applications.

For two weeks, students will do practice exercises, preparing them to write their admissions essay(s); consider larger questions of reading and writing personal statements and respond to other students in the course using discussion boards; read sample questions and learn how best to respond in their personal statements; read and analyze sample essays to discover what makes them successful; draft their own essays as a response to sample questions; workshop their essays with other students and receive feedback from their instructor; and revise their essays in response to feedback.

(This course is taught entirely online: there will be no face-to-face or synchronous meetings. Rather, all communications between and among students and the instructor will be done in writing - after all, it is a writing course!)

At the end of the course, each student will have drafted, received feedback on, and revised a personal statement suitable for a college application. Students will have a good sense of what makes an effective personal statement for college admissions and should have a draft from which to work.

Prerequisites: None

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEL1009

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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