Our admissions team wishes you the best as you complete your Common Application and the Honors College essay! Here are a few tips, recommendations, and resources you can use.
The Honors essay is your opportunity to share your personality and your writing ability – it helps the committee better understand you and your story. There’s no right or wrong way to answer the essay questions; it’s about us getting to know more about your background, interests, and influences. Choose the essay prompt that gives you a chance to share an interesting story or is most relevant to your experience and best reflects your individual circumstances.
Use vocabulary and writing skills you already have to write a clear and compelling essay. Write naturally but remember that your Honors essay is not a casual communication like a text message or social media post.
But don’t try to summarize your whole life! Choose an experience in which you played a central role and write about something personally meaningful. Doing this will make your essay unique.
Don’t use your essay to summarize your academic achievement or extracurricular activities if those things are already a part of your transcript or your Common App.
It’s tempting to use the same statement for multiple applications, but it’s important to be sure your answer fits the question. If different answers are needed you should write separate statements.
Grammatical and spelling errors are distracting to the reader and get in the way of what you’re trying to communicate. Treat the Honors essay like a class assignment – write it early, revise, and carefully proofread.
Don’t write on your phone or on the application website. You’ll be able to monitor your word count and can easily catch any typos or grammatical errors and also save your progress and return later. Grammarly is a great option! Paste your finished essay into the text block and then review one more time for formatting issues.
The Common App will have four Honors College essay prompts to choose from. Choose the prompt that best suits your story or is most relevant to your experience and best reflects your individual circumstances.
A list of the four prompts can be found here:
Here are some additional essay and application resources we recommend:
- Georgia State Writing Studio (for current Georgia State students)
- Khan Academy- Applying to College
- Hack the College Essay
- Fair Opportunity Project
- University of California- Personal Insight Questions
- Oberlin College and Conservatory- Essay Tips
- Bucknell University- Tips for Writing a College Application Essay
- Indiana University Bloomington- Writing Tutorial Services
- College Board- Essays
The Honors College
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3999
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-3999