Essay Review

Posted on by Dean Furda

“We ask seventeen-year-old students, as they stand between a known past and unknown future, to reflect on their experiences and assess what they will bring to the world ahead.” –Foreword, The Art of the Personal Statement

Over winter break, you will have time to craft, edit, and finalize your regular decision application essays. Take a moment to review the following resources to help with this work.

Download The Art of the Personal Statement for free. Author and Penn Law grad Alex Thaler brings a new lens to the admissions essay. Forewords are written by Amy W. Jarich, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Undergraduate Admissions at UC Berkeley, and myself.

Look over Page 217’s tips for Penn’s specialized program essays and Writing Supplement :
Explore the Networked and Social Systems Engineering Program
Explore the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research
Explore the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business
Explore the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology
Explore the Nursing and Health Care Management program
Explore the Vagelos Life Sciences & Management (LSM) Program
Penn Writing Supplement

Additionally, former English teacher, domestic and international Regional Director of Admissions, and current Director of the Penn Alumni Interview Program, Patrick Bredehoft addresses the college writing supplement here.

Continue your good work and best of luck.


*PAGE 217
refers to the always legendary and occasionally dreaded essay which was once a mainstay of the University of Pennsylvania application. The question read as follows: “You have just finished your three hundred page autobiography. Please submit page 217.”

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