Students: Share Your College Essay with The New York Times


Is your college application essay about money, work, social class, or another related topic?

If so, The New York Times wants to hear from you.

“What qualifies? A description of your job at McDonald’s is welcome, as are musings on what it’s like to have no earthly idea what you want to be when you grow up,” the paper notes in its call for submissions. “…Reckoning with wealth (yours or that of others) is welcome, as are all attempts to wrestle with its absence and the impact of that.”

In each of the last five years, the paper has published essays penned by incoming college freshmen.

Anyone who wants to send videos, Instagram, or Snapchat stories is welcome to do so, but not including multimedia won’t hurt your chances at publication.

The deadline for submission is April 25.

Read the top essays from 2013201420152016, and 2017 and submit your own.

Admitted writer/editor Mary Stegmeir welcomes additional comments and story ideas at

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