How much do colleges look at essays?

Usually one to two admissions officers read an essay. Some colleges do not look at essays. Some colleges will choose only to look at your GPA, Course Rigor and SAT/ACT scores. If you GPA and Test Scores are high enough, they may not feel that and essay is necessary.

Do you have to write a college essay for every college?

Most US colleges and universities require applicants to write a short essay about themselves or a specific topic as part of the application process. The essay gives you an opportunity to talk clearly about your goals, and can give admissions officers a better idea of how well you might fit in with the school.

Can I use the same paper twice in college?

It is definitely plagiarism if you use the same paper submitted in one class for another class, even if the subject is the same. You can either pick a different topic or research more on the subject to get different ideas to add when writing on the same subject.