Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 86%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (21) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $45.00   
  • Used (20) from $1.99   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


Your college admission essay is a critical ingredient to getting accepted. But do you know what colleges want? This book shows you with a step-by-step essay-writing workshop and over 50 successful essays. Inside you will learn how to: Brainstorm the best essay topics. Find a great topic and learn which ones to avoid. Write a successful essay that gets you accepted. The complete essay-writing workshop guides you through developing your topic, writing, editing and perfecting your essay. Avoid the 25 worst essay-writing mistakes. Don't get caught by these essay traps. Discover what admission officers want in an essay. In their own words, admission officers share with you what makes a great essay. These officers decide the fate of thousands of students each year. Disregard their advice at your own risk. Learn from over 50 successful admission essays. Read some of the best college admission essays written by students like you who gained admission to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, Brown, Cornell, Bard, William and Mary, Duke, Rice, Northwestern, USC, Chicago, Michigan, Dartmouth, Penn, MIT and more!
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Critical Acclaim for Authors Gen and Kelly Tanabe

"Helps students gain the necessary edge that will make their applications stand out."
—David Miller, Director of College Counseling, Stevenson School

"Upbeat, well-organized and engaging, this comprehensive tool is an exceptional investment for the college-bound."
Publishers Weekly

"What's even better than all the top-notch tips is that the book is written in a cool, conversational way."
College Bound Magazine

"Offers advice on writing a good entrance essay—start to finish."
Town & Country Magazine

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932662245
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges, The Ultimate Scholarship Book, and How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Northern California.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Almighty Admission Essay 11

Why the admission essay is critical 12

College admission: art or science? 13

What we can teach you about successful admission essays 14

Chapter 2 The Ingredients Of The Essay 17

Why you should care about the essay 18

Essay questions you're likely to face 18

Is this a trick question? 19

The dreaded word count 20

Technology to the rescue or not 21

Chapter 3 How To Find The Perfect Topic 23

Begin with a brainstorm 24

The litmus test for originality 26

Analyze your topic's revealing qualities 27

Challenge your topic with these questions 28

Too much detail 29

Just plain dumb topics 30

Chapter 4 The Essay-Writing Workshop 35

Writing your masterpiece 36

Essential strategies for writing a great essay 36

You are the subject of your essay 37

25 worst essay-writing mistakes 40

When the big game is a big mistake 41

How humor can kill an essay 45

The importance of editors 49

Chapter 5 Recycling Your Essays 51

Don't throw away a good essay 52

The common Application: The ideal way to recycle 52

Modifying an existing essay 53

A final warning about recycling 54

Chapter 6 Roundtable With Admission Officers 55

Meet the admission officers 56

What happens to the essay once it is received? 56

Why is the admission process so subjective? 59

What's the real reason for the essay? 60

What impresses you when you read an essay? 62

What common mistakes do students make? 65

What surprises students about how you read their essays? 66

What advice do you have for writing essays? 68

Chapter 7 57 Successful Admission Essays 71

Personal beliefs & reflections 73

Memorable essay: Snow junkie 96

Influential books 97

Essays about family 107

Memorable essay: Melodies of life 113

Influential people 123

Memorable essay: Cracking your brain open 131

Things that represent me 135

Memorable essay: Spaghetti sance 144

Essays about writing essays 146

Extracurricular activities & athletics 148

Memorable essay: My new brother 168

Essays about music 169

Math & science 175

Essays about jobs & careers 183

Essays about issues 187

Overcoming a weakness or challenge 195

Essays about places 206

Chapter 8 Parting Words 211

You can write a breathtaking essay 212

How final decisions are made 213

Appendix: Web Resources 215

Index 216

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)