How important are college application essays?
Today, if I asked you the average SAT/ACT score or weighted GPA at your ‘first choice’ school, you’d probably know the answer. And, if you don’t, you could easily find it in their class profile of ’21. But what you won’t see is any metric to represent the college essay. Why? Because, in short, it depends both on the school you’re applying to and your individual profile.
If you’re applying to large state schools that receive a torrential downpour of candidates, the odds are that they screen students using grades as the preliminary filter and then get to the rest of your application.