Students: The New York Times Wants to Publish Your College Essay


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.

“Nearly anything goes: Tales of family fortunes gained or squandered, musings on the state of socioeconomic diversity in your community, summer jobs, start-ups, struggle and triumph,” the paper writes in its call for submissions. “Last year, one high school senior wrote about her experiences preparing other people’s tax returns. In 2014, a teenage McDonald’s employee wrote about his work.”

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

The deadline for submission is April 5.

Read the top essays from 2013201420152016,  2017, and 2018 and submit your own.

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

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