Working on Your College Essay? Don’t Forget to Edit.


College-bound high school seniors often have a lot of questions about their college essays.

Who better to answer them than those who have learned from experience.

Two current college students recently shared their top essay tips with US News & World Report.

Megan Grove, a senior at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, and Lauren Stanciel, a freshman at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, both emphasized the importance of the editing process.

“You want colleges to read your best essays so that they can get an idea of what you at your best looks like,” Stanciel said. And the way you achieve this “best essay” is to carefully and completely edit your work.

Grove recommends “active editing.”

“Don’t be lazy in your editing,” she said. “You must be an active editor in order to have a successful and professional-sounding essay.”

See more essay advice from students and check out NACAC’s top 10 essay tips.

Ashley Dobson is NACAC’s communications manager for content and social media. You can reach her at

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