sweaters1234

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Hi I was wondering if it is frowned upon to say that a school is your top choice in the "Why X School?" prompt?

I'm a reapplicant, it's my state school and I interviewed there last year (got waitlisted) and got a feel for the school/community (also I grew up 5 min away from campus). I've also obviously done a lot of research and found specific programs at the school I find interesting, faculty I'd be interested to work with and other concrete reasons I like the school. I've never said it in any of the "Why X School?" essays for other schools, but this one is by far my top choice.

They also don't accept LOI later on in the cycle, they don't accept any communication after your secondary. Any advice would be great, thanks!
 

athorcommens

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Personally, I wouldn't use the exact phrase "top choice" in an essay. But regardless, I don't think makes any difference to them whatsoever. For all they know, you say that to every school
 
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If you can articulate in your essay all those specific reasons you like the school, they will be aware that you are a good fit for them. Not necessary to go overboard.
 
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