Find help in answering common college essay questions

In the first part of her college question-and-answer series, Elizabeth LaScala, Ph.D responds to a concern from a Danville high school senior. I am having trouble with a question that it seems all the private colleges on my list ask: "Why do you want to attend our college?" What are the colleges looking for when they ask this question? Check out the most recent Doing College post to find the answer.


Posted by Kaimuki, a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:09 am

Of course the candidate could answer with the line from Faust: "To learn what holds the World together in its inner workings." (What makes it tick.) But then, they probably never heard of Goethe and Maya Angelu does not write this kind of poetry....

Posted by Duffy, a resident of Danville
on Sep 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

If you don't know why you want to attend a particular college you shouldn't be applying to it and most likely, if excepted, you will not be able to compete and graduate.

What they are looking for is whether you have a brain in your head!

Posted by Shahmirah, a resident of Danville
on Sep 22, 2010 at 9:20 am

Duffy ~ thanks for your wisdom and insightfully sweet comments. My advice would be to switch to decaf!

People are driven to colleges for many different reasons, and alot of those reasons relate to socio-economic status...go easy there 'Sparky', afterall, this is a town square website, not a Harvard blog...

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