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The sample essays that we have used on this site are actual essays that were authored by applicants to American universities. We haven't altered these essays apart from sections that have been modified to protect the author's identity.
We do not claim that these essays are by any means perfect. They have been chosen to be uploaded because we feel that they contain certain elements that applicants should look out for. There are also numerous aspects that all applicants should avoid. Hence these essays have been critiqued. You can access critiques for each paragraph by clicking on the appropriate button provided alongside the relevant paragraph.
We encourage the users of our site to exercise common sense and discretion while using these essays and their critiques. We strongly advise our users against copying the essays, or parts thereof, since there are numerous services on the internet that allow universities to check essays for suspected plagiarism. One such service is www.plagiarism.org.
We'd advise any user who is tempted to copy-paste parts of these essays to first consult what these services have to offer. In case you do decide to plagiarise these essays, we absolve ourselves of all responsibility for the dire consequences that could (and should) follow. Please remember that these essays are meant to enable you to write better and they're certainly not intended to be short-cuts to application-essay glory.
This warning does not revoke any of the terms of our general disclaimer.
The following essays are available for your use.
Other sites with sample essays:
UIUC English Department
"Perfect Personal Statements"
CV and SoP Samples
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