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It's officially the holiday season — which means parties, festive lights, perhaps the first snowfall and — for many students — the mad rush to finish college application essays:

But, for all the energy put into that final component of the college application — is the essay really valued by college admissions officers?


Mitchell Stevens, associate professor of education at Stanford University and author of "Creating a Class: College Admissions and the Education of Elites." He tweets @mitchellatedf.

Christopher Wright, director of undergraduate admission at Emerson College, which tweets @EmersonCollege.


The New Republic: Stop Obsessing Over Your College Essay—Admissions Officers Don't

  • "But they do care what you think of their clever questions."

This segment aired on December 5, 2014.

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