Although your transcript, test scores, and resume weigh extremely heavily in the admissions decisions, the essay is the best opportunity to share something special about yourself as well as your ability to express yourself effectively. If a college asks you to write an essay, you can be certain that it will be read, evaluated and considered in the process. A good essay can tip the scales in your favor; a bad essay can have the opposite effect, no matter how good your numbers look.
Please keep in mind that the CA4 no longer offers a short essay that allows you to discuss an activity of importance to you. Also, the CA4 will not accept uploaded documents. The essay must either be copied and pasted – or typed –directly into the space provided. The cutoff is 650 words, without exception!
Candidates previously were given the option to upload a detailed resume if they could not fit or explain all their activities in the ten spaces provided in the Activities section of CA4. That is no longer available on CA4 although some schools will allow that on their supplements. Although the additional information is optional, it is an excellent opportunity to write up to 650 words about “circumstances or qualifications not reflected elsewhere in the application.” Don’t overlook that option!