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Introducing: The College Essay Project

Applying to college is more competitive than ever before. With elite schools rejecting up to 95 percent of applicants, there's a lot of pressure to get top-notch grades, participate in a million extracurriculars, nail the SATs, and then, write the perfect admissions essay.

Your personal statement is your opportunity to put a face, or rather, your story behind those standardized tests, AP scores and GPA. You have just a few hundred words to stand out. Chances are, you put a lot of time into your essay... but what happens after you click "submit"? We're guessing that once you're done applying, your essay is yesterday's trash.

But we believe you are more than just a Word document saved onto your desktop or a file sitting in some college's computer database. Your story deserves to be told and we want you to share it on HuffPost Teen.

The College Essay Project is a place for you to showcase the hard work and creativity that went into your college essay -- regardless of whether or not you got into your "dream" school.

If you are a high school senior or graduated after 2010, send us your essay to teen@huffingtonpost.com and spread the word.

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BEFORE YOU GO

  • 1 Principia College
    Elsah, Ilinois
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    Elsah, Ilinois
  • 2 University of Washington-Bothell
    Bothell, Washington
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    Bothell, Washington
  • 3 Manhattan College
    Riverdale, New York
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    Riverdale, New York
  • 4 Massachusetts Maritime Academy
    Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
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    Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
  • 5 Montana Tech of the University of Montana
    Butte, Montana
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    Butte, Montana
  • 6 Holy Family University
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 7 Molloy College
    Rockville Centre, New York
    Rockville Centre, New York
  • 8 Oregon Institute of Technology
    Klamath Falls, Oregon
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    Klamath Falls, Oregon
  • 9 California Maritime Academy
    Vallejo, California
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    Vallejo, California
  • 10 Bryant University
    Smithfield, Rhode Island
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    Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • 11 Louisiana State University and Agriculture & Mechanical College
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 12 University of Arizona
    Tucson, Arizona
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    Tucson, Arizona
  • 13 University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois

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    Chicago, Illinois CORRECTION: A previous version of this slide showed an image of the University of Chicago, not the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • 14 Rutgers University-Newark
    Newark, New Jersey
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    Newark, New Jersey