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Each college that you apply to can either require a response or leave it as an optional writing prompt for you. Once you have added schools to your <b>My Colleges</b> list, navigate to the <b>Personal Essay </b>section in the <b>Writing</b> screen to see which schools require the essay and which schools leave it as an optional writing prompt.<br> 
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<br>Even if a college does NOT require the Personal Essay, you may opt to submit it to that college.<br> 
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<br>You are allowed unlimited edits to the essay after your first application submission.

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