College Essay Prompts 2018-19 [LIVE]
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Abilene Christian University
Abiliene Christian University has two essay prompts that apply to both the Apply Texas and their school-specific application. The school does not require or accept the Apply Texas prompts.
Personal Statement 1 (required): There are many things to consider when choosing a college, such as degrees offered, campus life, location and cost (to name just a few!). And one of the most important considerations is fit. Fit means your college has the same priorities you do, and it focuses on helping you grow as an individual and find success in your professional and life goals. Read: ACU is recognized as one of the best universities in the world at combining an exceptional academic experience with a faith-based environment. Think: Spend a few minutes thinking about the college journey you will soon be embarking on. Write: In the space below, please tell us how ACU's focus on academics and faith fits your expectations of your college experience. (7000 character limit)
Personal Statement 2 (optional, but encouraged): Sometimes, students are not able to tell their stories within the existing questions on a college application. What else do we absolutely need to know about you? (7000 character limit)
Babson changed the wording for their prompt. Babson also had a 200-word "why us" essay prompt last year which we will confirm when they release their application.
Essay: Your moment has arrived. Share with us the moments or experiences that have led you to apply to Babson College.You are invited to respond to the writing supplement with either a traditional essay (500 words maximum) OR a one-minute video. No preference is given to either format in admission decisions.
Boston College changed three of the four prompt choices. Instruction: Choose one of the four prompts and respond in a maximum of 400 words.
Great art evokes a sense of wonder. It nourishes the mind and spirit. Is there a particular song, poem, speech, or novel from which you have drawn insight or inspiration?
When you choose a college, you will join a new community of people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and stories. What is it about your background, your experiences, or your story, that will enrich Boston College’s community?
Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues. If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why?
Jesuit education considers the liberal arts a pathway to intellectual growth and character formation. What beliefs and values inform your decisions and actions today, and how will Boston College assist you in becoming a person who thinks and acts for the common good?
Brown increased the length of the prompts to 250 words. The spirit and content to write about remain the same (although they combined two prompts).
Essay 1: Why are you drawn to the area(s) of study you indicated earlier in this application? (You may share with us a skill or concept that you found challenging and rewarding to learn, or any experiences beyond course work that may have broadened your interest.) (250 word limit) Essay 2: What do you hope to experience at Brown through the Open Curriculum, and what do you hope to contribute to the Brown community? (250 word limit) Essay 3: Tell us about the place, or places, you call home. These can be physical places where you have lived, or a community or group that is important to you. (250 word limit)
Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME)
PLME 1: Committing to a future career as a physician while in high school requires careful consideration and self-reflection. What values and experiences have led you to believe that becoming a doctor in medicine is the right fit for you? (250 word limit) PLME 2: Most people describe a career as a physician/doctor as a "profession", beyond a job. Describe for us what "professionalism" and "the profession of a physician/doctor" mean to you. (250 word limit) PMLE 3: How do you envision the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) helping you to meet your academic personal and professional goals as a person and as a physician of the future? (500 word limit) Brown|RISD Dual Degree Program: The Brown|RISD A.B./B.F.A. Dual Degree Program provides an opportunity to explore your interests and prepare for the future in two distinct learning environments. Considering your understanding of both academic programs, describe how and why the specific combination of the art/design-focused curriculum of RISD and the wide-ranging courses and curricula of Brown could constitute an optimal undergraduate education for you. (650 word limit)
City College of New York (CUNY)
The Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York (CUNY system) released its essay prompts. They changed one of the two prompt choices for each each of their two essays. Instruction: Please select one topic for your Personal Reflection essay. (500 words) Describe an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. Reflecting on your experience and aspirations, discuss how your life will differ from your parents' lives. Provide concrete evidence to illustrate your position. Instruction: Please select one topic for your Social Issues essay. (500 words) Pick a story of local, national, or international importance from the front page of any newspaper. Identify your source and give the date the article appeared. Then use your sense of humor, sense of outrage, sense of injustice—or just plain good sense—to explain why the story engages your attention. If someone gave you a $50 million grant, how would you use it to make New York City a better place?
College of Charleston – South Carolina
Instruction: While we don't accept the Common Application, feel free to use an essay you may have crafted for the Common Application as essay Option No. 1 - Choose your own topic. You're required to submit one of the following short essays (250-750 words). Choose your own topic. Use an academic writing sample that highlights creativity and innovation, or provide a response to a universal essay topic. At the College, living sustainably is more than just adopting a few “green” solutions to your lifestyle. It's about creating sustainable solutions that transform society by rethinking, redesigning, and restoring integrated systems. How do you see yourself engaging in curricular and co-curricular opportunities at CofC to protect the environmental systems upon which we depend?
Optional Essay: Personal statement. If you have not yet expressed something that deserves consideration from the admissions committee, this is your opportunity to do so. (Maximum 750 words.) Again, the personal statement is optional for most students; however, if you've taken a GAP semester/year or if you're completing a post-grad year, this section is required to explain your activities over that time period. If additional space is required, you may submit your personal statement in a separate letter via email to email@example.com. Please include your full name (first, middle, and last) and complete mailing address on any attached information.
Honors College Essay: Scholar citizens are committed to pursuing academic excellence while also engaging real-world issues. What is a significant challenge facing scholar citizens in the 21st century? How will a liberal arts and sciences education help equip you to address that challenge? You can use your Honors College essay for the general application, but you cannot use an essay written to the general College of Charleston application for your Honors College application. We recommend that you write your Honors essay first and use it in both places. (500-800 words)
Concordia University (Austin)
Concordia University in Austin accepts the Apply Texas and their school-specific application. It has one optional essay and does not require the Apply Texas essay prompts. Optional Essay: In 140 words or less, please explain why you are applying to Concordia.
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Baptist accepts the Apply Texas application and it's own application. It does not require any of the Apply Texas essay prompts. Essay: In approximately 250 words, explain why you would like to attend Dallas Baptist University. Undergraduate First Year Baptist Ministry Scholarship: You must submit an essay (250-word minimum) detailing your personal call to a career in vocational/bi-vocational church-related Christian ministry. Be as specific as possible regarding the details of your call and what type of ministry you feel called to pursue. Undergraduate First Year DBU Ministry Scholarship: Personal Typed Testimony. You must submit an essay (250-word minimum) detailing your personal call to a career in vocational/bi-vocational church-related Christian ministry. Be as specific as possible regarding the details of your call and what type of ministry you feel called to pursue. Honors Program: All applicants must also submit a 250-to-500-word letter of interest. It should seek to tell us some of the following questions: What do you hope to gain by being part of the University Honors Program? What are your interests academically? What do your other personal interests include (for example, future vocation, reading and music, sports, hobbies, and/or Christian ministry)? What other noteworthy accomplishments would you like us to know about?
Dartmouth changed five of the six prompt choices for their 250 to 300-word supplement. The 100-word Why Dartmouth supplement remains the same. Essay 1: While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, uttered this memorable line: ''It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!'' As you seek admission to the Class of 2023, what aspects of the College’s program, community, or campus environment attract your interest? (100 words or fewer) Essay 2: Please choose one of the following prompts and respond in 250-300 words: [same] “I have no special talent,” Albert Einstein once observed. “I am only passionately curious.” Celebrate your curiosity. The Hawaiian word mo’olelo is often translated as “story” but it can also refer to history, legend, genealogy, and tradition. Use one of these translations to introduce yourself. “You can’t use up creativity,” Maya Angelou mused. “The more you use, the more you have.” Share a creative moment or impulse—in any form—that inspired creativity in your life. In the aftermath of World War II, Dartmouth President John Sloane Dickey, Class of 1929, proclaimed, “The world’s troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” Which of the world’s “troubles” inspires you to act? How might your course of study at Dartmouth prepare you to address it? In The Bingo Palace, author Louise Erdrich, Class of 1976, writes, “…no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.” Discuss. Emmy and Grammy winner Donald Glover is a 21st century Renaissance man—an actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ. And yet the versatile storyteller and performer recently told an interviewer, “The thing I imagine myself being in the future doesn’t exist yet.” Can you relate?
Duke's prompts remain the same as last year. Thanks Duke, your admissions staff are heroes. Optional Supplement: [same] Duke University seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to, your sexual orientation or gender identity, or your family or cultural background-we encourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke. (250 words) Optional Gender Identity Essay: [same] If you would like the opportunity, we invite you to share more about your sexual orientation either below or in the Duke optional essay. Pratt School of Engineering: [same] If you are applying to the Pratt School of Engineering as either a first-year or transfer applicant, please discuss why you want to study engineering and why you would like to study at Duke. (150 words or fewer) Trinity College of Arts & Sciences: [same] If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences as either a first-year or transfer applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you? (150 words or fewer)
Elon has three new prompts, and the student will select one of three prompts. The recommended word count is 500 words. The optional additional information prompt remains the same. Instruction: The essay is used by the admissions committee to evaluate your ability to write and present on one of the topics below. Here are some tips when writing your essay: 1. Edit! Make sure to use spellcheck and have someone else read your essay before submitting it. 2. Share something with us we haven’t seen in the rest of your application. 3. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Tell us a story. 4. Your essay should be approximately 500 words. [new] If you could create a new course that all Elon students are required to take, what is the title, what is the focus and why does it interest you? [new] In 1923 a fire destroyed the majority of Elon’s campus, reducing buildings to ash. The community faced this adversity rising from the ashes like a Phoenix, which is now our mascot. Describe a time when you rose from hardship and demonstrated resilience. [new] At Elon’s New Student Convocation, every first-year student receives an acorn and is encouraged to keep it until graduation. Four years later at Commencement, every graduate receives an oak sapling symbolizing their growth and transformation. How do you hope to grow and transform during your time at Elon? Additional Information: [same] Is there anything about your application, background, or personal experience that you have not shared in your application or essay that would be helpful for the Admissions Committee to know? If so, please tell us through a personal statement. (No more than one page, please.) This should not be an additional essay as it will not be evaluated as such.
Emory changed one of their four prompt choices. Instruction: In addition to your Personal Statement, please choose two (2) of the short answer prompts below. Be thoughtful in your responses, but don’t stress about what the right answer might be. We just want to get to know you a bit better. Each response should be no more than 150 words. [same] What is your favorite fiction or non-fiction work (film, book, TV show, album, poem, or play)? Why? [same] What motivates you to learn? What do you want to bring from your community to the Emory University community? [same] In the age of social media, what does engaging with integrity look like for you?
Florida Southern College
Florida Southern has the same prompt choices as last year. It will also accept the Coalition App this year in addition to the Common App and it's own application. Instruction: Florida Southern College is interested in learning more about you. Please write a personal statement of at least 250 words in length on one of the questions listed below. [same] Please share about an accomplishment that has given you a great sense of pride. How will the skills and knowledge you gained from this experience aid in your success at FSC? [same] Many incoming students maintain a very busy schedule, full of obligations and activities. A range of interests and perspectives adds much to a college community. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. [same] FSC students benefit from internship and study abroad opportunities that facilitate real-world applications of the College curriculum. If you were to design a new study abroad trip or your dream internship, where would you go and what would you do there?
Georgia Institute of Technology
Georgia Tech changed one of the three prompt choices for their second essay.
Essay 1: [same] Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech? (max 150 words)
Essay 2: Please choose ONE of the following questions and provide an answer in 150 words or less.
[same] Tech’s motto is Progress and Service. We find that students who ultimately have a broad impact first had a significant one at home. What is your role in your immediate or extended family? And how have you seen evidence of your impact on them?
[same] Georgia Tech is always looking for innovative undergraduates. Have you had any experience as an entrepreneur? What would you like Georgia Tech to provide to further your entrepreneurial interests? Describe your typical day.
Georgetown has the same prompts as last year with the exception of a change to the prompt for Georgetown College. Students write the first two essays and then the essay for the school to which they are applying. Essay 1: [same] As Georgetown is a diverse community, the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief essay, either personal or creative, which you feel best describes you. (approximately 1 page single spaced) Essay 2: [same] Briefly discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved. (approximately 1/2 page single spaced) Georgetown College: What does it mean to you to be educated? How might Georgetown College help you achieve this aim? (Applicants to the Sciences and Mathematics or the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics should address their chosen course of study). (approximately 1 page single spaced) The McDonough School of Business: [same] The McDonough School of Business is a national and global leader in providing graduates with essential ethical, analytical, financial and global perspectives. Please discuss your motivations for studying business at Georgetown. (approximately 1 page single spaced) School of Nursing and Health Studies: [same] Describe the factors that have influenced your interest in studying health care. Please specifically address your intended major (Global Health, Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, or Nursing). (approximately 1 page single spaced) Walsh School of Foreign Service: [same] Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it. (approximately 1 page single spaced)
Hampshire College has a new supplement where the student picks one of three prompts and answers in about one page. Instruction: The following questions get at some of our core values: inquiry, interdisciplinarity, and growth. Choose one prompt from the list below and respond; our suggested length is a page. Hampshire’s motto is “to know is not enough.” People interpret this motto in different ways. What does it mean to you? Think about two or more topics that interest you. Tell us about some issues or questions related to these topics. Describe a time when you received feedback, academic or otherwise, that changed your thinking or behavior for the better.
Harvard released its prompts through the Universal Application. They added two new prompt choices to the optional Harvard Supplement and modified one of the choices. All other prompts remain the same. We expect these prompts to continue to be the same across all applications Harvard accepts. Essay 1: [same] Your intellectual life may extend beyond the academic requirements of your particular school. Please use the space below to list additional intellectual activities that you have not mentioned or detailed elsewhere in your application. These could include, but are not limited to, supervised or self-directed projects not done as school work, training experiences, online courses not run by your school, or summer academic or research programs not described elsewhere. (150 words) Essay 2: [same] Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 words) Optional Harvard Supplement Instruction: You may wish to include an additional essay if you feel the college application forms do not provide sufficient opportunity to convey important information about yourself or your accomplishments. You may write on a topic of your choice, or you may choose from one of the following topics: (no word limit) [same] Unusual circumstances in your life [updated] Travel, living, or working experiences in your own or other communities [same] What you would want your future college roommate to know about you [same] An intellectual experience (course, project, book, discussion, paper, poetry, or research topic in engineering, mathematics, science, or other modes of inquiry) that has meant the most to you [same] How you hope to use your college education [same] A list of the books you have read during the past twelve months [same] The Harvard College Honor code declares that we "hold honesty as the foundation of our community." As you consider entering this community that is committed to honesty, please reflect on a time when you or someone you observed had to make a choice about whether to act with integrity and honesty. [same] The mission of Harvard College is to educate our students to be citizens and citizen-leaders for society. What would you do to contribute to the lives of your classmates in advancing this mission? [new] Each year a substantial number of students admitted to Harvard defer their admission for one year or take time off during college. If you decided in the future to choose either option, what would you like to do? [new] Harvard has long recognized the importance of student body diversity of all kinds. We welcome you to write about distinctive aspects of your background, personal development or the intellectual interests you might bring to your Harvard classmates.
James Madison University
James Madison will use the same essay prompts as last year, although with some minor wording changes to the optional Coalition App supplement. We will confirm the Dingledine and College of Business scholarship essays at a future date. Optional Coalition App Essay: [slight wording changes] This is the space for you to tell us more about yourself. Feel free to use this space to explain any circumstances that may have affected you and cannot be found on your high school transcript. Your personal statement should be no more than 500 words. JMU Honors College Essay 1: [same] Based upon your understanding of the JMU Honors College, what kind of student do you think the college should be looking for and why do you think you are that kind of student? Essay 2: [same] What are your long-term goals and how do you think participation in the college will help you achieve them? Optional Additional Information: [same] Please share any additional information not already provided in the application that you feel should be considered for admission to the Honors College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT is using the same prompts as last year. At Prompt, we love MIT because our founders went there. Three MIT engineers founding a writing company – a bit ironic; isn't it? Essay 1: [same] We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do simply for the pleasure of it. (100 words or fewer) Essay 2: [same] Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (100 words or fewer) Essay 3: [same] At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve their communities in different ways, from tackling the world’s biggest challenges to being a good friend. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc. (200-250 words) Essay 4: [same] Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations? (200-250 words) Essay 5: [same] Tell us about the most significant challenge you’ve faced or something important that didn’t go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? (200-250 words)
Michigan State University
Michigan State will use the Common App personal statement prompts for it's own application and the Common App. It appears the Common App personal statement will replace the two 200-word prompts Michigan State had last year. It remains to be seen whether Michigan State will use the Common App prompts for their Coalition App application. We will confirm when they release the application.
Midwestern State University
Midwestern State accepts the Apply Texas application and does not require an essay. It does have an honors program essay. Redwine Honors Program: Attach a one-page Personal Essay: Tell us about yourself. What are some of your academic/career goals? Why are you interested in participating in the Redwine Honors Program?
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Notre Dame of Maryland University does not require essays, but does have an essay for its Morrissy Honors Program. Morrissy Honors Essay: Please write an essay in which you develop the idea of the Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program motto: “Learn to Live.”
Pennsylvania State University
Penn State will accept the Common App this year. Penn State's Schreyer Honors College released their prompts and all three are different. The university has yet to release their prompts; we will update this page when they release the prompts. The Schreyer Honors College prompts do not list a word limit at this time. Schreyer Honors College Essay 1: There are 27 amendments to the Constitution of the United States. What should be the 28th? Essay 2: Are China and India developing countries? Why or why not? Essay 3: The Seven Wonders of the World is a well-known list highlighting spectacular natural phenomena or man-made structures. Please describe the Seven Wonders of your world: They could include people, places, events, or things that have significantly affected who you are.
Pomona changed two of the three prompts for the Common Application. The prompts and instructions for the Coalition Application are different than the Common Application and did not change from last year (at least according to what's currently listed on the website). Common Application Instruction: Please complete only one prompt (no word count specified, however, should be at least 400 words) [same] For Pomona students, the College's location in Southern California is integral in shaping their experience. Tell us about a location, real or fictional, that has shaped you in a meaningful way. “Let only the eager, thoughtful and reverent enter here,” is inscribed on one side of Pomona’s College Gates. Dating from 1914, the gates remain a potent symbol today as we welcome every new class of students to enter them together. If you were to inscribe a fourth quality into the gates to describe students who enter Pomona today, which adjective would you choose? What quality would you want your Pomona peers to share, and why? Oscar Wilde said that there are two tragedies in life: not getting what one wants and getting it. Tell us about an experience of not getting what you wanted or getting it and why it was a tragedy. Coalition Application Who Essay: [same] Environments and experiences shape people in different ways. What is your world like? As a result, what characteristics, beliefs, or values will you bring with you when you begin college, and how does this help us understand who you are? You can respond to this prompt with an essay of at least 400 words, a collection of photos, a video response (up to 90 seconds long), or something else from your Locker. If you choose to submit a collection of photos, or if your video response does not include narration, please also include a short statement telling us what you hope we will learn from your submission. How Essay: Please respond to one of the following three prompts with a written response of at least 400 words. [same] How do you interact with those around you? Tell us about a group you’re comfortable with and how you act or behave when you’re with them. This could be your family, a team, a class, a club, etc. [same] How do you approach learning? Tell us about an experience with a learning process. This can be a description of a personal or academic project and the stages it involved. What did you discover? [same] Our individual differences are what make us unique and can sometimes make us stand out. Write about a time when you were aware of your difference. How did it impact you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State does not require essays but has one essay for its honors college. It appears this essay is for Fall 2019, but we will confirm it at a later date. Honors College Essay: A 500-1000 word essay describing an incident, person, or book that has had an important influence on your life.
St. Mary's University – San Antonio
St. Mary's accepts the Apply Texas and their own applications. Apply Texas prompts A, B, and C are all optional. They have an essay for their honors program. St. Mary's Honor's Program: Those interested in joining the program are urged to complete their applications for undergraduate admission to St. Mary’s as early as possible. Top applicants will be invited by mail to make a separate application to the Honors Program. To complete their honors applications, candidates will participate in an interview (by long distance if necessary) and write an imaginary letter of recommendation describing themselves from the perspective of a scrupulously honest external observer.
Stanford's three main supplements remain the same. We will confirm the short 50-word essays and activity description essays when Stanford releases their applications. Essay 1: [same] The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning. (100-250 words) Essay 2: [same] Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate—and us—know you better. (100-250 words) Essay 3: [same] Tell us about something that is meaningful to you, and why? (100-250 words)
Texas A&M University – College Station
Texas A&M will only be accepting Apply Texas A this year. They will not read prompts B and C, so students should not submit these additional essays. In addition, Texas A&M will accept the Coalition Application, but will only accept Essay A. There are slight differences in the scholarship essays between the Coalition App and Apply Texas (mainly word count). Apply Texas A: [same] What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person. Coalition App Essay A: Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. Engineering: [same] Describe your academic and career goals in the broad field of engineering (including computer science, industrial distribution, and engineering technology). What and/or who has influenced you either inside or outside the classroom that contributed to these goals? Scholarship Essays – Coalition Application [all same] Are there any special circumstances that affect your family's ability to fund your college expenses? (480 characters) Why have you chosen to apply to Texas A&M University? (480 characters) Why have you chosen your academic major(s)? (480 characters) Briefly describe any educational plans you have beyond earning your Bachelor's degree. (480 characters) What are some of your life goals and objectives? (480 characters) Please list your hobbies or special interests. (500 characters) Terry Foundation Scholarship: In approximately 500 words, describe an example of your leadership. Be sure to describe your actions and the actions of those around you and to explain what you accomplished. (6,000 characters max) Chemical Engineering Scholarship: Please explain why you are interested in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M, and where you see yourself five years after graduation. (9,600 characters) Scholarship Essays – Apply Texas [all same] Are there any special circumstances that affect your family's ability to fund your college expenses? (480 characters) Why have you chosen to apply to Texas A&M University? (160 characters) Why have you chosen your major? (160 characters) Describe any educational plans you have beyond earning your Bachelor's degree. (160 characters) What are some of your life goals? Your answer may include educational, professional or personal goals. (240 characters) Please list your hobbies or special interests. (3,200 characters) Terry Foundation Scholarship and Foundation Excellence Scholarship: How do you show leadership in your life? How do you see yourself being a leader at Texas A&M University? Tips to consider: Leadership can be demonstrated by positions you hold as an officer in a club/organization, but other types of leadership are important too. Leaders can emerge in various situations at any given time, including outside of school. Share a brief description of the type of leadership qualities you possess, from school and non–school related experiences including leadership in your job, your community, or within your family responsibilities. Then, share how you hope to demonstrate leadership as a member of our campus community. Limit your response to 250–300 words. Chemical Engineering Scholarship: Please explain why you are interested in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M, and where you see yourself five years after graduation. (9,600 characters)
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Texas A&M at Galveston will only be accepting Apply Texas A this year. They will not read prompts B and C, so students should not submit these additional essays. The essays are similar to Texas A&M at College Station; however, there are a couple of additional essays. Apply Texas A: [same] What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person. Why TAMUG (optional): [same] Please tell us how you learned about Texas A&M University at Galveston. For example, did you find information about Texas A&M University at Galveston through a web search, family member or friend, mailing received from the Texas A&M University at Galveston, or an advertisement? (3,200 characters) Scholarship Essays – Apply Texas [all same] Are there any special circumstances that affect your family's ability to fund your college expenses? (480 characters) Why have you chosen to apply to Texas A&M University? (160 characters) Why have you chosen your major? (160 characters) Describe any educational plans you have beyond earning your Bachelor's degree. (160 characters) What are some of your life goals? Your answer may include educational, professional or personal goals. (240 characters) Please list your hobbies or special interests. (3,200 characters) Terry Foundation Scholarship and Foundation Excellence Scholarship: How do you show leadership in your life? How do you see yourself being a leader at Texas A&M University? Tips to consider: Leadership can be demonstrated by positions you hold as an officer in a club/organization, but other types of leadership are important too. Leaders can emerge in various situations at any given time, including outside of school. Share a brief description of the type of leadership qualities you possess, from school and non–school related experiences including leadership in your job, your community, or within your family responsibilities. Then, share how you hope to demonstrate leadership as a member of our campus community. Limit your response to 250–300 words. The Abe and Peggy Levy Foundation Fellowship: What are your educational goals? How will your activities and leadership experiences impact your educational goals? If chosen, how will this award benefit your educational pursuit? (9,600 characters) The Kempner Maritime Fellowship: Please describe your interest in and qualifications for a maritime career. (2,400 characters)
Tufts simplified their essays, adjusting every prompt in the process. The "Let your life speak" prompt is no longer there. Instead, the "Why Tufts?" prompt will be longer (200-250 words instead of 50-100 words). Tufts also decreased the number of prompt choices for the 250-word prompt and changed the prompt for the SMFA program. Applicants to the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and 5-Year Tufts/NEC Combined Degree answer the following two questions: Essay 1: [minor changes] What excites you about Tufts' intellectually playful community? In short, "Why Tufts?" (200-250 words) Essay 2: Now we'd like to know a little more about you. Please respond to one of the following two questions. (200-250 words) [minor changes] Whether you've built blanket forts or circuit boards, created slam poetry or mixed media installations, tell us: What have you invented, engineered, produced, or designed? Or what do you hope to? Our Experimental College encourages current students to develop and teach a class for the Tufts community. Previous classes have included those based on personal interests, current events, and more. What would you teach and why? Applicants to the BFA or 5-Year BFA+BA/BS Combined Degree at the SMFA at Tufts answer the following two questions: Essay 1: [minor changes] Which aspects of the Tufts curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? Why SMFA at Tufts? (200-250 words) Essay 2: Art has the power to disrupt our preconceptions, shape public discourse, and imagine new ways of being in the world. Whether you think of Ai Wei Wei’s work reframing the refugee crisis, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s portraits of the Obamas reimagining portrait painting on a national scale, or Yayoi Kusama’s fanciful Infinity Mirrors rekindling our sense of wonder, it is clear that contemporary art is driven by ideas. What are the ideas you’d like to explore in your work? (200-250 words)
University of Arizona Honors College
Instruction: Select one prompt to address, and the essay must be no longer than 500 words. Choose and research a controversial issue that interests you. Pick which side of the issue you support and write a response to persuade the reader to agree with your stance. Please include and cite specific details and examples to support your argument, and remember to address opposing viewpoints. Discuss an event, accomplishment, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. What historical event/moment do you wish you could have witnessed? Please explain why you chose this moment or event.
University of Chicago
As usual, the University of Chicago changed their prompt choices, although students can use any prompt from past years or create their own prompt. The "Why Chicago" question remains the same. The maximum length of the Coalition App Personal Statement is 650 words. Question 1 (required, 250 words recommended length): [same] How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago. Question 2 instruction: The University of Chicago has long been renowned for our provocative essay questions. We think of them as an opportunity for students to tell us about themselves, their tastes, and their ambitions. They can be approached with utter seriousness, complete fancy, or something in between. Each year we email newly admitted and current College students and ask them for essay topics. We receive several hundred responses, many of which are eloquent, intriguing, or downright wacky. As you can see from the attributions, the questions below were inspired by submissions from UChicago students and alumni. Choose one of the following prompts and respond in a maximum of 2 pages. In 2015, the city of Melbourne, Australia created a "tree-mail" service, in which all of the trees in the city received an email address so that residents could report any tree-related issues. As an unexpected result, people began to email their favorite trees sweet and occasionally humorous letters. Imagine this has been expanded to any object (tree or otherwise) in the world, and share with us the letter you’d send to your favorite. -Inspired by Hannah Lu, Class of 2020 You’re on a voyage in the thirteenth century, sailing across the tempestuous seas. What if, suddenly, you fell off the edge of the Earth? -Inspired by Chandani Latey, AB'93 The word floccinaucinihilipilification is the act or habit of describing or regarding something as unimportant or of having no value. It originated in the mid-18th century from the Latin words "floccus," "naucum," "nihilum," and "pilus"—all words meaning “of little use.” Coin your own word using parts from any language you choose, tell us its meaning, and describe the plausible (if only to you) scenarios in which it would be most appropriately used. -Inspired by Ben Zhang, Class of 2022 Lost your keys? Alohomora. Noisy roommate? Quietus. Feel the need to shatter windows for some reason? Finestra. Create your own spell, charm, jinx, or other means for magical mayhem. How is it enacted? Is there an incantation? Does it involve a potion or other magical object? If so, what's in it or what is it? What does it do? -Inspired by Emma Sorkin, Class of 2021 Imagine you’ve struck a deal with the Dean of Admissions himself, Dean Nondorf. It goes as follows: you’re guaranteed admission to the University of Chicago regardless of any circumstances that arise. This bond is grounded on the condition that you’ll obtain a blank, 8.5 x 11 piece of paper, and draw, write, sketch, shade, stencil, paint etc., anything and everything you want on it; your only limitations will be the boundaries of both sides on the single page. Now the catch… your submission, for the rest of your life, will always be the first thing anyone you meet for the first time will see. Whether it’s at a job interview, a blind date, arrival at your first Humanities class, before you even say, “hey,” they’ll already have seen your page, and formulated that first impression. Show us your page. What’s on it, and why? If your piece is largely or exclusively visual, please make sure to share a creator's accompanying statement of at least 300 words, which we will happily allow to be on its own, separate page. PS: This is a creative thought experiment, and selecting this essay prompt does not guarantee your admission to UChicago. -Inspired by Amandeep Singh Ahluwalia, Class of 2022 In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose your own question or choose one of our past prompts. Be original, creative, thought provoking. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun. (here's a link to classic questions from previous years)
University of Georgia – Athens
The University of Georgia has the same essay prompts as last year with a slight wording change to the first one to add "from your high school years." Essay 1: [slight change] The college admissions process can create anxiety. In an attempt to make it less stressful, please tell us an interesting or amusing story about yourself from your high school years that you have not already shared in your application. (300 words max) Essay 2: Select one of the following four prompts in 300 words or fewer. [same] UGA’s 2017 Commencement speaker Ernie Johnson (Class of ’79) told a story from his youth about what he refers to as blackberry moments. He has described these as “the sweet moments that are right there to be had but we’re just too focused on what we’re doing …, and we see things that are right there within our reach and we neglect them. Blackberry moments can be anything that makes somebody else’s day, that makes your day, that are just sweet moments that you always remember.” Tell us about one of your “blackberry moments” from the past five years. [same] Creativity is found in many forms including artistic avenues, intellectual pursuits, social interactions, innovative solutions, et cetera. Tell us how you express your creativity. [same] Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. [same] Describe a problem, possibly related to your area of study, which you would like to solve. Explain its importance to you and what actions you would take to solve this issue.
University of Kansas Honors College
The University of Kansas Honors College changed all three of the prompt choices from last year. Instruction: Please respond to one of the following essay questions. Your essay will be evaluated for the quality of your writing and your ability to provide a focused response to the question you choose. Your response should demonstrate intellectual curiosity and academic rigor, and should be thoughtful, well-organized and free of grammatical and spelling errors. Please limit your response to 500 words. Give us your top five. Elaborate. Consider a time when you strongly held a position, then changed your mind. How did you come to your original stance and how did it change? The University of Kansas cultivates visionaries who contribute to local and global communities. Discuss your passion and why it’s important to you. Optional: Extenuating Circumstances Statement (150 words maximum). [same] The following section of the application is completely optional. “Is there additional information about yourself, your family, your background, or any adversity (e.g. financial hardship, illness, etc.) you would like us to take into consideration while reviewing your application?”
University of Michigan
Michigan's prompts will remain the same per the admissions department. We will confirm this when the applications are released. We have not yet listed the prompts for the Ross Bachelor of Business Administration or Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design as we have not yet confirmed these. Essay 1: [same] If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why? (150 words) Essay 2: [same] Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it. (300 words) Essay 3: [same] Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests? (550 words) School of Education: [same] Discuss where you would like to teach and/or the types of students you would like to teach and how you developed this commitment.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
UNC Chapel Hill is using the same prompts as last year with students selecting two of the four prompt choices. Instruction: You’ll choose two of the following prompts to respond to in 200-250 words. [same] Tell us about a peer who has made a difference in your life. [same] What do you hope will change about the place where you live? [same] What is one thing that we don’t know about you that you want us to know? [same] What about your background, or what perspective, belief, or experience, will help you contribute to the education of your classmates at UNC?
University of Pennsylvania
All essays remain the same except for the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology. Penn-specific Essay: [same] How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words) *Students applying to Digital Media Design and Computer & Cognitive Science should address both the specialized program and single-degree choice in their response. For students applying to the other coordinated dual-degree and specialized programs, please answer this question in regard to your single-degree school choice; your interest in the coordinated dual-degree or specialized program may be addressed through the program-specific essay. Huntsman: The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business: [same] Discuss a current international issue, which demonstrates how international affairs and business intersect and explain how the Huntsman curriculum might assist to resolve the issue. (500 words maximum) LSM: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management: [same] LSM seeks students who are enthusiastic about combining science with management. What excites you about this combination? What kind of benefits could training in both disciplines bring? Be as specific and original as possible in addressing these questions. (400-650 words) M&T: The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology [updated] Question 1: Identify a disruptive technology, one that many consider could drive truly massive economic and societal transformations in the coming years. Argue why the technology may not be as successful as observers think and suggest ways to address the concerns. (400-650 words) Question 2: Describe a problem that you solved that showed leadership and creativity. (250 words maximum) NETS: The Rajendra and Neera Singh Program in Networked and Social Systems Engineering: [same] Describe your interests in modern networked information systems and technologies, such as the internet, and their impact on society, whether in terms of economics, communication, or the creation of beneficial content for society. Feel free to draw on examples from your own experiences as a user, developer, or student of technology. (400-650 words) NHCM: Nursing and Healthcare Management: [same] Discuss your interest in nursing and health care management. How might Penn's coordinated dual-degree program in nursing and business help you meet your goals? (400-650 words) Seven-Year Bio-Dental Program: [same] Please list pre-dental or pre-medical experience. This experience can include but is not limited to observation in a private practice, dental clinic, or hospital setting; dental assisting; dental laboratory work; dental or medical research, etc. Please include time allotted to each activity, dates of attendance, location, and description of your experience. If you do not have any pre-dental or pre-medical experience, please indicate what you have done that led you to your decision to enter dentistry. List any activities which demonstrate your ability to work with your hands. What activities have you performed that demonstrate your ability to work cooperatively with people? Please explain your reasons for selecting a career in dentistry. Please include what interests you the most in dentistry as well as what interests you the least. Do you have relatives who are dentists or are in dental school? If so, indicate the name of each relative, his/her relationship to you, the school attended, and the dates attended. VIPER: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research: [same] Describe your interests in energy science and technology drawing on your previous academic, research, and extracurricular experiences that allow you to appreciate the scientific or engineering challenges related to energy and sustainability. If you have previous experience with research, describe your research project (outlining the goals, hypotheses, approach, results, and conclusions). Describe how your experiences have shaped your research and interests, and identify how the VIPER program will help you achieve your goals. Also, please indicate which VIPER majors in both science and engineering are most interesting to you at this time. (400-650 words)
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh will accept the Coalition Application, the Common Application, and it's own application. It does not appear that Pittsburgh will require the Coalition App Personal Statement (we will confirm). Pittsburgh may accept the Common App personal statement (we will confirm). Pittsburgh changed all three optional essays. Optional Essay 1: How have you made an impact at your high school or within your community? Choose one example and tell us about it. (200-300 words recommended, but can be longer or shorter) Optional Essay 2: What makes you stand out from the crowd? What experiences have you had, good or bad, that make you unique? (200-300 words recommended, but can be longer or shorter) Optional Essay 3: If you could create a new product, process, business, or organization, what would this entity look like? (200-300 words recommended, but can be longer or shorter) Honors College Essay 1: An important emphasis of PittHonors is working for the public good. Please describe how you have worked for the public good in the past and how you expect to continue to do so as a student at the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation. (200-300 words recommended, but can be longer or shorter) Essay 2: A hallmark of students in PittHonors is intellectual curiosity. Please describe how you have demonstrated intellectual curiosity in the past and how you expect to manifest that intellectual curiosity as a student at the University of Pittsburgh. (200-300 words recommended, but can be longer or shorter)
University of Richmond
Richmond changed all three prompt choices and will accept the Coalition and Common Applications. The word count is not yet listed, but it was 650 words last year. Instruction: Choose one of the following essay prompts: What is an urgent global challenge or social justice topic about which you are passionate? What solutions or outcomes do you hope to see? By the time you graduate from college, there will be jobs that don’t exist today. Describe one of them and how Richmond might prepare you for it. You are required to spend the next year in either the past or the future. To what year would you travel and why?
University of South Carolina – Columbia
The prompt remains the same as last year. Essay: [same] Tell us something that you have not already told us in this application that will help us to better understand your potential for academic success as a college student. Statement limit is 2000 characters, which is approximately 250 words.
University of Texas – Austin
UT Austin will use the same prompts as last year. It will also accept the Coalition Application (it may follow Texas A&M's lead and only accept Prompt A from the Coalition App). Apply Texas A: [same] What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person. Short Answer 1: [same] If you could have any career, what would it be? Why? Describe any activities you are involved in, life experiences you’ve had, or even classes you’ve taken that have helped you identify this professional path. Tips to consider: This is an opportunity to describe your academic and future professional interests. You may not yet be 100% certain about what you want to do, but is there a particular field that you think you want to work in, or a certain path you want to pursue after college? How have your interests and experiences influenced your choice of majors or your plans to explore in college? (40 lines maximum, about 250-300 words) Short Answer 2: [same] Do you believe your academic record (transcript information and test scores) provide an accurate representation of you as a student? Why or why not? Tips to consider: Feel free to address anything you want the Office of Admissions to know about your academic record so that we can consider this information when we review your application. You can discuss your academic work, class rank, GPA, individual course grades, test scores, and/or the classes that you took or the classes that were available to you. You can also describe how special circumstances and/or your school, community, and family environments impacted your high school performance. (40 lines maximum, about 250-300 words) Short Answer 3: [same] How do you show leadership in your life? How do you see yourself being a leader at UT Austin? Tips to consider: Leadership can be demonstrated by positions you hold as an officer in a club or organization, but other types of leadership are important too. Leaders can emerge in various situations at any given time, including outside of the school experience. Please share a brief description of the type of leadership qualities you possess, from school and non-school related experiences, including demonstrations of leadership in your job, your community, or within your family responsibilities, and then share how you hope to demonstrate leadership as a member of our campus community. (40 lines maximum, about 250-300 words) School of Nursing: [same] Considering nursing as your first-choice major, discuss how your current and future academic activities, extracurricular pursuits, and life experiences will help you achieve your goals. School of Social Work: [same] Discuss the reasons you chose social work as your first-choice major and how a social work degree from UT Austin will prepare you for the future. College of Fine Arts: [same] Personal interaction with objects, images and spaces can be so powerful as to change the way one thinks about particular issues or topics. For your intended area of study (architecture/interior design, art history, design, studio art, visual art studies/art education), describe an experience where instruction in that area or your personal interaction with an object, image or space effected this type of change in your thinking. What did you do to act upon your new thinking and what have you done to prepare yourself for further study in this area?
University of Virginia – Charlottesville
The University of Virginia added one essay prompt to the choices a student has to write. All other prompts remained the same except for a minor wording change for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Essay Choice: Answer one of the following questions in a half page or roughly 250 words. [same] What’s your favorite word and why? [same] We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are. [same] Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the UVA culture. In her fourth year at UVA, Laura Nelson was inspired to create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework. If you created a Flash Seminar, what idea would you explore and why? [same] UVA students paint messages on Beta Bridge when they want to share information with our community. What would you paint on Beta Bridge and why is this your message? [new] UVA students are charged with pushing the boundaries of knowledge to serve others and contribute to the common good. Give us an example of how you’ve used what you’ve learned to make a positive impact in another person’s life. College of Arts and Sciences – [same] What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way? (1/2 page, roughly 250 words) School of Engineering and Applied Sciences – [slight change] If you were given funding for a small engineering project that would make everyday life better for one friend or family member, what would you design? (1/2 page, roughly 250 words) School of Architecture – [same] Describe an instance or place where you have been inspired by architecture or design. (1/2 page, roughly 250 words) School of Nursing – [same] School of Nursing applicants may have experience shadowing, volunteering, or working in a health care environment. Tell us about a health care-related experience or another significant interaction that deepened your interest in studying Nursing. (1/2 page, roughly 250 words) Kinesiology Program – [same] Discuss experiences that led you to choose the kinesiology major. (1/2 page, roughly 250 words)
University of Washington – Seattle
The University of Washington has the same essay prompts as last year. In addition, the Coalition Application personal statement is recommended to be 300-400 words with a maximum length of 500 words. Essay 1 (required): [same] Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the University of Washington. Additional Information About Yourself or Your Circumstances (optional): [same] You are not required to write anything in this section, but you may include additional information if something has particular significance to you. For example, you may use this space if: You are hoping to be placed in a specific major soon. A personal or professional goal is particularly important to you. You have experienced personal hardships in attaining your education. Your activities have been limited because of work or family obligations. You have experienced unusual limitations or opportunities unique to the schools you attended. (200 words maximum length) Additional space (optional): [same] You may use this space if you need to further explain or clarify answers you have given elsewhere in this application, or if you wish to share information that may assist the Office of Admissions. If appropriate, include the application question number to which your comment(s) refer.
University of Wisconsin
The University of Wisconsin (Madison) made some modifications to its supplement. It also changed the main prompt used on the school-specific application (i.e. for students applying through the Apply Wisconsin application system). It will likely continue to have the describe an activity prompt on the Common Application, which we will confirm when the Common App is released. We've listed the supplements for all campuses including Madison. The word counts for the below essays have not yet been listed on the school's website. We will update that information as soon as we can. Apply Wisconsin Main Application Essay: Tell us about your academic and personal achievements. What have you learned from your successes and/or challenges, and how will this influence you as you pursue your college education? Madison Supplement (required): Tell us why you would like to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, please include why you are interested in studying the major(s) you have selected. If you selected undecided, please describe your areas of possible academic interest. Eau Claire Supplement (required): Why are you interested in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire? What aspects of UW-Eau Claire are especially important to you? How will your particular life experiences, talents, commitments and/or interests help to enrich our community? La Crosse Supplement (required): Please respond to one of the following: How will your life experiences, commitments, and/or characteristics enrich the UW-La Crosse campus community? Tell us why you are interested in attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and what aspects of the campus are especially important to you. Platteville Supplement (required): Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. What aspects of UW-Platteville are the most interesting and important to you and how will you enrich the university community through your life experiences, talents, skills and/or interests? Baraboo/Sauk County Supplement (required): Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Baraboo/Sauk County. What aspects of UW-Baraboo/Sauk County are the most interesting and important to you and how will you enrich the university community through your life experiences, talents, skills and/or interests? Richland Supplement (required): Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Richland. What aspects of UW-Richland are the most interesting and important to you and how will you enrich the university community through your life experiences, talents, skills and/or interests?
It appears Vermont is adding an optional, 500-word supplement to its application. This information has not been released yet; one of prompt's users obtained it at an information session given by the admissions department. We will confirm it when they release their Common and Coalition Apps. Instruction: If you would like an opportunity to further present yourself to the Admissions Committee, you may submit a response to one of the following prompts with your application. Please limit your response to 500 words. Imagine it is the morning of August 28, 1963 and Twitter has already been developed. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has contracted the flu. Rather than giving his historic “I Have a Dream” speech from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, he instead sends out a Tweet that highlights the central point of his speech. What does he Tweet (in true Twitter fashion, no longer than 280 characters) and why? A time traveling connoisseur gives you a remote with two buttons: pause and rewind. Which would you prefer to use on your own life and why? Congratulations! You have been elected to give a TED Talk. You will give an 18-minute presentation on the topic of your choice to a room full of people who are eager to hear your insights. This talk will also be recorded and made available online, with the opportunity to go viral and affect millions. What is the title of your talk? What is the message you are trying to get across? What would you say in the final minute of the presentation that would leave a lasting impression? Explain. At the University of Vermont, we have a set of core values called Our Common Ground, which define how we work, live, study, do research, and participate as members of the community. Each core value statement falls under one of the following words: Respect, Integrity, Innovation, Openness, Justice, and Responsibility. Choose one word from Our Common Ground and explain why it is important to you, how it has impacted you, and how you have incorporated it into your life. Why UVM?
Villanova changed all three of its prompt options. Instruction: Select one of three prompts and respond in 250 to 1,000 words. We believe that all members of our community should be committed to diversity and inclusion. How would you contribute to this at Villanova? Saint Augustine believed in the essential connection between the mind and the heart. Tell us about a time that your mind and heart were in conflict and how that was resolved. "Each of us strengthens all of us" is a concept that resonates deeply in the Villanova community. While this phrase may mean many different things, one aspect is that Villanovans rely on each other. Share a situation when you have needed help and what you have taken away from this experience.
Wake Forest University
Wake Forest released their school-specific application. The main prompt listed below is only for the school-specific application and is not needed for the Common Application or Coalition Application, as the personal statement essays are required for those. Wake Forest adjusted many of the short response essays. There may be additional updates when Wake Forest releases the Common and Coalition Applications such as a "Why Wake Forest" essay on these applications and the "Extracurricular Essay" listed below may also be different. Wake Forest also had an optional campus visit essay last year which may be in place on the Common Application and Coalition Application when they are released – "Have you visited the Wake Forest campus? Tell us about your visit and with whom you spoke. (150 words or fewer)." Stay tuned for updates. Main Essay for the School-specific Application: Rogan Kersh, Wake Forest University Provost and Professor of Politics and International Affairs, is currently teaching a class entitled, ‘Millennials, Politics and the Future’ which explores research-based characteristics of Gen Y or the Millennial Generation to which you belong. At Wake Forest, we strive to understand the distinctive features of your so-called ‘millennial’ generation, as we design curricula and programs for today’s students. What, in your view, are significant aspects of your generation that we should be aware of? (If you live outside of the U.S., feel free to discuss generational features of young people in your country of residence.) Short Essay Responses a [same] List five books you have read that intrigued you. Author. Title. b [same] Discuss the work of fiction you have read which has helped you most to understand the complexity of the world. (<=300 words) What piques your curiosity? (<=150 words) Identify a cultural norm or current political reality with which you disagree. How have you sought or might you seek to change it? (<=150 words) Describe an instance in which you observed or exhibited “character.” (<=150 words) Give us your top ten list (100 characters for each) Pro Humanitate, which means “for humanity,” is Wake Forest’s motto. If you had a personal motto, what would it be? (<=100 characters) Kendrick Lamar won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music, becoming the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the award. Whom do you believe will be the next person to break boundaries in artistic, scientific or literary accomplishment? (<=150 words) Extracurricular Essay: [may only be for school-specific application] Which of your extracurricular accomplishments has had the most meaning for you and why. (no word limit)
Washington University in St. Louis
The Prompt community is wonderful. Recently, a member of our community took a picture of Washington University's new supplement at a presentation by one of their admissions officers. So, here is Washington University's new prompt in all of its intellectually curious glory. We will update this page with the word count when it becomes available. Essay: [new] Tell us about something that really sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity and compels you to explore more. It could be an idea, book, project, cultural activity, work of art, start-up, music, movie, research, innovation, question, or other pursuit.
Yale made some changes to last years prompts as they changed two of the three prompt choices for the longer responses and modified the prompt for the School of Engineering. Short Answer 1: [same] Students at Yale have plenty of time to explore their academic interests before committing to one or more major fields of study. Many students either modify their original academic direction or change their minds entirely. As of this moment, what academic areas seem to fit your interests or goals most comfortably? Please indicate up to three from the list provided. Why do these areas appeal to you? (100 words or fewer) Short Answer 2: [same] What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer) Short Answer 3: [same] What inspires you? (35 words or fewer) Short Answer 4: [same] Yale’s residential colleges regularly host conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask? (35 words or fewer) Short Answer 5: [same] You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called? (35 words or fewer) Short Answer 6: [slightly different] Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six people. What do you hope to add to your suitemates’ experience? What do you hope they will add to yours? (35 words or fewer) Common App Instructions: Please choose two of the topics below and respond to each in 250 words or fewer. Coalition App Instructions: Please choose one of the topics below and respond in 300 words or fewer. In addition to writing on your chosen topic, upload an audio file, video, image, or document you have created that is meaningful to you and relates to your essay. Above your essay, include a one-sentence description of what you have submitted. Please limit your upload to the following file types: mp3, mov, jpeg, word, pdf. Note that advanced editing of audio/video/image/documents is not necessary. While we are not providing limits to the length of the material you upload, the Admissions Office may not have time to review the entirety of your submission. Sometimes, less is more. Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it? [same] Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How do you feel you have contributed to this community? Yale students, faculty, and alumni engage issues of local, national, and international importance. Discuss an issue that is significant to you and how your college experience might help you address it. Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science: If you selected one of the engineering majors, please tell us more about what has led you to an interest in this field of study, what experiences (if any) you have had in engineering, and what it is about Yale’s engineering program that appeals to you. Please respond in 300 words or fewer.
Main Application Essays
The Common Application personal statement has the same prompts as last year. According to the Common App website, "The most popular essay prompt of the 2017-2018 application year (through January 5, 2018) is "Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth..." (23.6%), followed by the topic of your choice option (22.5%), and "Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful..." (21.4%)." Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
The Coalition Application personal statement has the same prompts as last year. Coalition Application schools may not require this personal statement essay or may have a different suggested or maximum word count requirement for it. A few schools, such as Texas A&M, only accept one of the five prompts. Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution. Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs? What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give younger siblings or friends (assuming they would listen to you)? Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.
The Apply Texas prompts are the same as last year. Schools may have changed the prompts that they accept. For example, Texas A&M will only accept Topic A. Apply Texas recommends keeping the essay between 500 and 750 words in length. Topic A: What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person. Topic B: Most students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. Tell us about yourself. Topic C: You've got a ticket in your hand - Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?
University of California
The University of California Personal Insight Questions are the same as last year.
Instructions: You will have 8 questions to choose from. You must respond to only 4 of the 8 questions. Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.
Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes or contributed to group efforts over time.
Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.
What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?
Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced. Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement? Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom. What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?
Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?
The Universal Application has the same personal statement and activity description essay as last year. Personal Statement: Please write an essay that demonstrates your ability to develop and communicate your thoughts. Some ideas include: a person you admire; a life-changing experience; or your viewpoint on a particular current event. (650 words or fewer) Activity Description: Tell us about one of your extracurricular, volunteer, or employment activities. (100-150 words)
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