Sorry canít help you, I never went to college.
However I am intrigued by this post, I donít live in America and have Limited knowledge of the American education system but Iím amazed that it allows an essay for admission to be anything but the work of the applicant.
At first I wondered how close to cheating this idea sailed, then I began to wonder how the people judging the admission could make a decision to allow entry using this system, on the basis that the information supplied didnít come from the applicant.
Trying to solve this I began to break down exactly what type of people the College were actually aiming to recruit. Presumable theyíd be looking for someone with the initiative to collect available data, once that data was collected theyíd want somebody who could recognise which pieces of data were pertinent to the subject in hand. The Colleges are, presumably, also looking for someone who can order the collected data and from it derive a logical conclusion and present any conclusions in an orderly and concise manner.
In short the fact that the admission isnít an original work doesnít necessarily mean that the candidate isnít worthy of entry, this form of selection when looked at in this way has a lot going for it.
I wish you luck, like I said I canít really help though I suppose if you got really desperate you could expand the above into a half decent essay.