Lawrenceville, N.J., February 8, 2007--With colleges receiving thousands of applications each year, it seems difficult for any one in particular to stand out from the masses. Yet achieving distinction is what one-third of prospective undergraduate college students try to do as they craft their application essays, according to a recent online poll by Peterson´s, a Nelnet company.

Only half as many of their polled graduate school-bound counterparts write specifically to stand out from the crowd. In fact, nearly half of those seeking entrance to graduate school write about a combination of 1) their goals, 2) what they think the school wants...

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