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BYU Application Essay - Course Overview
Want to help your child get accepted into BYU?
Read how the application essays can make or break their acceptance.
The stakes of getting accepted to BYU are getting higher and higher. It is estimated that over 12,000 students will apply to BYU — Provo this fall. And using last year’s acceptance rates, over 4,000 won’t make the cut.
"Is there anything a parent can do to improve their child's chances for acceptance?"
When your child begins their application to BYU, nearly all of the criteria is fixed and can’t be influenced or changed — except one: the essays.
At this point, the essays are the only controllable factor your child has to hurt or help their chances.
The wrong way to write application essays.
Just sitting down to “knock out” the essays without understanding what BYU is looking for is a huge mistake. Successful essays require deep introspection, multiple drafts and a good deal of pre-work. Students who don’t allow time for these crucial activities end up writing sub-par essays that suffer from being too generic, too wordy or full of structural errors.
The right way to write application essays.
Susie Boyce, founder of College Essay Builder, has been helping students write application essays for BYU since 2007. She has discovered three fundamental questions that all successful essays must effectively address:
1) Do my child’s essays show that they value the Aims of a BYU education?
Each essay should correlate directly to one or more of the Aims of a BYU Education. It is critical that the stories and examples your child uses in their essays make the connection clear and personal. A close look at the BYU admissions website emphasizes that BYU uses the Aims to evaluate all areas of the application — especially the essays.
2) Do my child’s essays help them stand out from thousands of other applicants?
This fall, BYU will receive over 70,000 essays. How will you ensure your child’s essays stand out and are memorable for all the right reasons?
The key to this question is helping your child identify events, people and stories from their life that highlight their genuine and unique experiences. This requires vulnerability; the essays should tell compelling stories showing your child’s journey, growth and transformation. These personal stories can become the heart of each essay, connecting the reader to your child in an unforgettable way.
3) Do my child’s essays demonstrate their character, values, testimony and potential as a BYU student?
From BYU Admissions:
“...make sure you read the prompt and answer what's being asked. If there’s something about you we should know, make sure to include it in your essay responses!
Why does BYU want your child to share so much? Because the essays are the best chance admissions counselors have to understand and evaluate your child’s character, values, testimony and potential as a BYU student.
To effectively do this, your child must address each prompt completely and deeply. Take time to identify stories and examples that showcase how they have grown and developed in these four areas and write conclusions that make a powerful connection to what BYU is looking for.
The Bottom Line
You CAN do something to improve your child’s chances for acceptance to BYU.
Helping your child write their best application essays is the most important way you can accomplish this goal.
But you don’t have to do this alone.
College Essay Builder has created a comprehensive application essay course that leads your child step-by-step through the process of writing all the BYU application essays. With the help of videos, downloads, templates and examples, your child will be writing their best BYU essays faster and more effectively than any other method.
The stakes are too high not to do EVERYTHING you can to help your child get accepted.
And the MOST controllable thing you can do right now is help them write their BEST BYU essays by enrolling them in the "The Complete Guide to Writing the BYU Application Essays" Pro Course today.
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BYU Essay Professional Review Packages
Professional review of 3 BYU Essays
Susie provides a professional review of any three BYU essays. The review includes mark-up revision suggestions for content, clarity, conciseness, and spelling/grammar.
Professional review of 5 BYU Essays
Susie provides a professional review of any five BYU essays. The review includes mark-up revision suggestions for content, clarity, conciseness, and spelling/grammar.
Professional review of 7 BYU Essays
Susie provides a professional review of all seven BYU essays. The review includes mark-up revision suggestions for content, clarity, conciseness, and spelling/grammar.
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“In every application, it seems the most important section is the written portion, which often feels overwhelmingly subjective. But after Susie's coaching and my acceptance to BYU and Oxford's study abroad program, it is clear that she has found exactly what admissions committees are looking for. Our efficient sessions included brainstorming, reworking and fine tuning material, and understanding the writing process at a foundational level. Susie has a gift for letting the student lead the writing process while still being a masterful guide. After meeting with her, I feel more confident, and more independent in my writing. I would recommend her without reservation.”
“To promote Susie’s effectiveness in application essay review, I’ll point out that I got into all of the programs that Susie helped me with. To prove the authenticity of my feelings about Susie’s assistance, here’s the actual text that I sent her afterwards: Thanks so much for your help! I was hesitant at first to open it up to someone else (you of course know how vulnerable it can make someone feel to do that), but you were seriously so awesome and supportive and your ideas were really, really great. The essay is so, so much better because of you. Thanks! ”
“While completing my college admission application, I was struggling with the essay portion. Susie was a lifesaver in this department! Not only did she make it fun, she also helped me organize my thoughts and convey them in a way that was clear and concise; I was just trying to use filler words to meet a number count! Susie helped me rework my stories using helpful tips incorporated with my own experiences to make the essays more applicable and meaningful.”
“Susie was a tremendous help with my BYU essays. She helped me come up with ideas and phrase them in a way that accurately supported my ideas. Susie was very positive and supportive throughout the editing process and had excellent suggestions for changes. The essays were the extra strength that I needed to get into BYU.”
“Susie was a big help getting me into BYU. I had heard from everyone that the essays were the most important part of getting accepted and wanted to do a great job on them. Before I started working with Susie, I had ideas but wasn't sure what to write about. Susie gave me great advice and helped me brainstorm much better topics than what I originally had. After I wrote the essays, Susie gave me professional editing help so that the essays expressed my ideas how I wanted them to. Overall, I can guarantee that the help Susie gave me really increased my odds of getting into BYU.”
“Susie was so great with our son. She gave excellent advice and editing, but still let him do the work. Best of all, Susie helped catapult him into being accepted to BYU - his dream school! I would highly recommend Susie to anyone who is considering her.”
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