University of Iowa

Finding Your Voice: The Art of the College Application Essay (Section 2)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 to Wednesday, October 23, 2019

As a high school junior or senior, you will get your test scores, transcripts, and letters of recommendation in order—but what about that last crucial item, the college application essay? How can you convey your goals, personality, and sense of self in just a few hundred words? This course will discuss the purpose, objective, and execution of the successful college application essay, demystifying the process and allowing you to put your best self onto the page. We will brainstorm topics, discuss structure, look at examples of extraordinary essays, and give feedback on ideas and drafts. The college essay is an opportunity for you to speak about yourself and make an impression that goes beyond your grades and scores—this course will offer expert guidance and ease your anxiety about the process.

  • Online, non-credit, 6-week course 
  • Course dates are Sept 11 - Oct 23, 2019
  • Open to all students in High School
  • Enrollment capped at 20
  • Fee is $450
  • Registration deadline Monday, September 9, 2019 (or when 20 student enrollment is filled)
  • Instruction provided by Isabel Henderson, BA Princeton, MFA Iowa Writers' Workshop 
  • Cancellation policy: 
    A $50 cancellation fee for cancellations received on or before August 26, 2019 will be applied to refund
    A $150 cancellation fee cancellations received between August 26 and September 9, 2019 will be applied to refund
    After September 9, 2019 no refunds will be granted