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Columbia, Yale and More Release Their 2020/21 Supplemental Essay Prompts Early

JUL 26, 2020 • 11 min read

Due to COVID-19, many top US colleges have released their supplemental essay prompts for 2020/21 admissions earlier than planned.

Included among them are Ivy League universities Brown, Cornell, Columbia, Dartmouth and Yale, as well as other top-universities such as Duke, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of California. As noted, many of these prompts have been released earlier than originally planned in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to give applicants more time to complete their essays.

Supplemental essays are an often-overlooked part of the application, yet they are completely essential to application success. Supplemental essays allow you to demonstrate that you are the kind of mature, driven, interesting person that would thrive at that specific university. The goal is to stand out from the crowd as a perfect-fit student.

This year COVID-19 has thrown another dynamic into the mix; many universities, including all of the Ivy League universities have deemed the standardised testing requirement optional for 2020/21 admissions. With SAT and ACT scores optional, the need to stand out from the crowd with fantastic essays is even more important.

Some Tips

The key piece of advice we give to our students is to start on these essays early. If you are applying to several universities, you will have many different supplemental essays to complete, as well as the common application essay. Many of our students attest that writing all of their essays is by far the most stressful part of the application, and a part of the application that is easy to neglect.

Our other key piece of advice is to make the content of each supplemental essay very specific to the university you are applying to. You need to do your research about what each university looks for in a candidate and show a clear desire to attend that particular university. Stay tuned on our blog homepage for specific tips and guidance from our experts on a range of universities’ prompts. We also promise to keep our list updated of essay prompts once they have all been released by the respective universities.

As the world’s leading university admissions support company, we at Crimson know how to approach each supplemental essay and maximise your chances of gaining admission to a top university.

If you want to feel confident when submitting your college application essay, get your essay reviewed by us at Crimson. Our experts have assisted students who have gained admission to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge and many other top universities!

Also feel free to check out Crimson’s holistic admissions support program. We can help you across all areas of the US and UK university application process. We assist you to find your best-fit university, create a personalised roadmap, ace your standardised tests, craft the perfect essays, build candidacy through extracurriculars, and much more.

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