Application Essay Examples

college essay examplesA great admissions essay can mean the difference between a Maybe and a Yes! Check out our collection of winning personal statements and college essay examples written by recent Naked Essay students.

Essay examples from previous admissions seasons are included below with permission from the student-writers and their parents. To read more college essay examples or professional/graduate school personal statements, please contact us using the form below.

Growing Up, Growing Old

I tap my feet to the music, chat with a guy named Robert who had some kind of photography business, and try to ignore the smell of urine in the room. I’m anxious to meet my date. Read more >>

Shopping for Thongs with Lao Lao

“Your grandma went to get you some thongs, sweetie.” I don’t know what to say to that, so I just stand there watching my face turn scarlet in the changing room mirror. Read more >>

Country Michael Cera

I’ll call him Michael, because he reminds me of Michael Cera…a country Michael Cera. From an isolated town on the Arkansas border, my classmate Michael doesn’t have many friends. Read more >>

Punching & Preaching

I was looking forward to getting away from my younger brother. Little did I know he’d be waiting for me in Trinidad. Read more >>

It’s a Medium-Sized World After All

A boy in an Angry Birds t-shirt and underpants stands at my elbow as I work, clapping his hands in my face and giggling hysterically. I have an urge to pull him into the mud-filled pit. Read more >>

The End Zone

The sweat dripped down my nose and chin, and I searched for the saliva in my mouthpiece to quench my thirst. Then everything went black. Read more >>

Mutt vs. Witch Doctor

The fight begins, and sparks fly like fireflies released from hell. Read more >>

Life Is a Highway

I scout out where to sit like an NFL recruiter scanning the field for that All-American running back. It’s my 7th time as “the new kid” at school. Read more >>


For our favorite published collection of college essay examples, check out the classic resource On Writing the College Application Essay by Harry Bauld. The anthology (chapter 12) is fantastic – we send all our students a copy in case we need to refer to one of its college essay examples during the tutoring process. If you’re not a Naked Essay student, be sure to order the paperback for the full collection of essays. (The Kindle version is incomplete.)

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