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Get Ahead In College Applications With Santa Barbara Public Library

The Santa Barbara Public Library (SBPL) is excited to announce a free College Application Essay Prep Course. The aim of the course is to provide students with a completed draft of their college application essay. SBPL's instructor will provide students with detailed writing guidance, composition strategies, and successful essay examples to help students in writing their strongest application essay. This three-part class is designed for local high school and community college students who will be applying to undergraduate programs within the next two years.

As entry-level positions, and employment in general, increasingly require a four-year degree, more students are considering college than ever before. With this rise in competition for admissions, students can help their application standout with a well written and clearly thought-out personal essay.

The College Application Essay Prep Course will be taught by an English Ph.D. student at UCSB who previously taught college prep writing courses at Georgetown University. Laptops will be available for use to all who register for the event, students are also welcome to bring their own.


Meetings will take place over three Saturdays in September and October: September 15, September 29, and October 13. All classes are from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at the Eastside Library.

Registration is limited to 15 to enable the instructor to tailor the course to the specific application choices of each student. Register for the event here. Snacks will be provided.

To stay informed individuals can access the SBPL web calendar with all events, programs, and classes and/or sign-up for the SBPL newsletter in English or Spanish. Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.


Contact: Ahmad Merza, Librarian

Phone: 805-963-3727




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