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18 FEB 2021
The Common Application, which is used by students around the world to apply to more than 900 schools in the US, has announced its essay prompts for the upcoming application cycle with a new prompt featured. Typically, the prompts don’t change substantially from one year to the next — but this year introduces a new question Essay prompt 4.
First, let’s look at the seven 2021-2022 prompts as a whole. They are:
The above shows essay prompts, 1,2,3,5,6 and 7 remaining the same as those posted in previous years, but prompt 4 is new. Here’s what it was previously:
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.
And here’s the new prompt 4:
Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
It feels like a fitting question for a time where hardships are often eased by simple acts of support, and could prove to be a popular question in the new admissions cycle. While there is no right or wrong prompt to choose, this new option is well-suited for students who want to focus on the power of gratitude.
As we know, the Common App essay is among the most important parts of your application as it provides the only opportunity to speak directly to admissions officers about who you are, what you’re passionate about and why you would be a valuable addition to their community.
At Crimson, personal statement support is an integral part of our program, and each year we are blown away by the essays our students produce. We can’t wait to see what our students produce this application year and look forward to supporting them on their 2021-22 journeys.
For more information on how we help our students create their perfect personal statement, and to read 23 statements written by Crimson students who were admitted to the Ivy League, Stanford, Duke, UChicago and more, you can download our Personal Statement eBook on our free eBook and Infographics page here.