how many college admission essays should I write?

how many college admission essays should I write?
I want to apply to more than 10 colleges.
should I write one and make copies of it ?

let’s say I am applying to UCLA
then does UCLA indicate a specific topic to write about
also how about the Ivy leagues ?
I have an assignment for the summer vacation
which is to write a college essay
and it says I just need to choose a topic and
write about it, so that’s it?

because one of my friends says that I have to write
20 essays or something : (
plz answer me thank you

Many colleges and universities ask you to write an admission essay that addresses a specific topic. Some do, and some don’t. You won’t know until you start filling out your online admissions form, or until you get that admissions packet in the mail.

Another reason you won’t want to fire up a generic essay is because the schools differ on length and formatting. You don’t want to have a 500 word double-spaced paper in your hand when you’re looking at an application that asks you for a 300-word single spaced.

If you’re curious about the essay topics of schools you’re interested in, take a look at the online application materials from the admission department website.

Honestly? I don’t think there’s much to be gained by writing your essays early. On the other hand, you should request application materials as soon as they become available – once you have the actual topic and instructions in hand, the sooner you start on them, and the more tweaking you can do, the better.

Good luck!