Writing Your Essay
One of the most important steps in your admission process to Liberty University is the admission essay. Your university personal essay is a chance to let us know who you are in your own words.
Submitting your college essay is required before you can be admitted to Liberty University, and it’s your opportunity to add your voice to your college application. This Liberty admissions essay allows you to share your faith and testimony with us.
Answer each question in just 100-150 words:
1) Describe how your personal faith and beliefs contribute to your college search process. (Examples include reasons for choosing Liberty, background information about your personal faith and beliefs, or other information you deem relevant.)
2) Liberty’s mission is to develop Christ-centered leaders. Describe how you will contribute to this mission as a Liberty student. (Examples include interests in church or community service, personal achievements or goals, or other examples of what you hope to achieve as a student.)
Personal Essay Excerpts
These excerpts are intended to be used as inspiration to help you get started with your personal essay. Copying any part of these texts is not acceptable.
- Describe how your personal faith and beliefs contribute to your college search process.
- My personal faith and beliefs have made my college search prayerful and intentional — I know I want to attend a faith-based school like Liberty University because I want an environment that will help me grow in my faith.
- Liberty’s mission is to develop Christ-centered leaders. Describe how you will contribute to this mission as a Liberty student.
- As a Liberty student, I look forward to developing my event production skills through my program in the School of Communication & the Arts. I’ve been volunteering with my church’s production team for the past two years and enjoy using my passion to help other people experience a relationship with the Lord.
5 Tips for Writing an Effective University Essay
Applying to college often involves supplying admissions officers with test scores, grades, and other information that might tell a little about your academic skills, activities from high school, and other items. Besides being one of Liberty University’s requirements for admission, your admission essay is your way of adding your personality to the list of statistics that make up your admission paperwork.
Here are some tips that you can use to help you write a better essay:
- Be true to yourself. Don’t look online for a list of top attention-getting essays or ask your friends what they are writing for their essays. Write from the heart, and your passion will show. Your personal statement for university admission is a chance for you to write about how your faith is integrated in your life, so pray on it before you put pen to paper. In addition, write how you speak. Don’t break out a thesaurus and try to use lots of fancy words you would never use in real life. If it’s not your natural language, it will come across as awkward and possibly be incorrect.
- Start early. Writing your essay a few minutes before you submit it is probably not the best choice. Give yourself time to answer the essay prompts and then take a break and reread what you wrote. This is a great way to catch mistakes that you may not have noticed while you were writing the first draft.
- Imagine this as your elevator pitch. You might have heard of this before: you have to tell an investor or your boss your idea in the time it takes to ride an elevator to the top floor. Your admission essay is your chance to let someone you’ve never met know about you, your faith, and your plans as a Liberty student.
- Stick to the suggested length. A five-page paper when the requested word count is a few hundred words will probably get you noticed, but not in a good way. Part of the reason for the admission essay format is going back to the elevator pitch idea. Can you convey the requested information in a clear and concise manner?
- Proofread and then proofread again. One of the reasons you want to start early is so that you have time to run your essay through spellcheck and then take a break for a few days before rereading it. Reading it out loud will help you catch awkward wording or mistakes that you miss when just reading it in your head. Ask a teacher, parent, or friend who is in college to read it after you’ve polished it to the best of your ability.
Your personal essay for university admission is one of the most important steps in the admission process. Take your time, give it some thought, and follow the tips we have provided to let the true you shine through.
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