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If I recall correctly, the "Why Illinois" essay is only supposed to be 200 words. With your numbers I don't really think skipping the "essay" would hurt you at all. At the same time, its only 200 words, which really doesn't require much effort.
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SisyphusHappy wrote:I'll be applying to 10-15 schools at the end of the month in the top 25. One of the schools I'm looking at is Illinois as a safety/$$$$ school. With their free applications and my 169/3.95, I'm a little worried about YP. I've considered writing a Why Illinois essay, but I don't have much to say other than regurgitated points from their website. One big selling point for me, though, is their active non-religious undergraduate student group. Is that an appropriate topic for a Why Illinois essay is that too non-academia/religious/inappropriate?
sounds good to me
seems like writing anything would be helpful, as long as you don't come off as a dick
it doesn't seem like Illinois YP's much anyway
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