College Essay Questions For Applications For Android
9 Mar 2018
Same Prompts: 2018-2019 Common Application and 2018-2019 Coalition Application Common Application Keeps Same Essays The Common Application will keep the same essays prompts as this past year. 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 […]
7 Sep 2017
Fall 2018 Prompts Rock We love many of the Fall 2018 prompts. One favorite is one of Oklahoma State University’s prompts. “I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail,” Muriel Strode said. Identify a […]
1 Aug 2017
The 2018 Common Application Is Open Major changes to Common Application include: Academics: You can add up to 15 courses this year and pre-set schedule type at the beginning. Writing: You can link to a google document. It pastes it in, so no avoiding word counts. Grades: Some colleges can […]
29 Jul 2017
Dartmouth College 2017-2018 Writing Supplement Great new prompts from Dartmouth. We are including them all as a present because the madness of updating begins on Tuesday. THE DARTMOUTH WRITING SUPPLEMENT Dartmouth’s writing supplement requires that applicants write brief responses to two supplemental essay prompts as follows: 1. Please respond in 100 words […]
21 Jul 2017
2017-2018 U Penn-Specific Prompts Released Prospective applicants to the University of Pennsylvania recently received an email with the 2017-2018 writing prompts. The email started with a great quote from Ben Franklins: “Write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” That is great advice for all college applicants. We posted […]
The essay: It’s one of the most important parts of your college application, and it can be the hardest. But it doesn’t have to be. Take a look at some of the most commonly asked essay questions and use them to prepare for your applications. Brainstorm ideas, do some research or create your own “stock” of application essays from the commonly used questions below.
Current Events and Social Issues
To test your skills at problem-solving and check how up-to-date you are on current issues, many applications include questions about problems and issues facing society.
- What do you consider to be the single most important societal problem? Why?
- Pick a controversial problem on college campuses and suggest a solution.
- What do you see as the greatest threat to the environment today?
Colleges are looking for students who have achieved in some area of their lives. So you shouldn’t be surprised to find essay topics that ask you to brag a little.
- Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.
- Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart.
- Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your future goals.
Background and Influences
Who you are is closely tied to where you’ve been and who you’ve known. To learn more about you, some admissions committees will ask you to write about your background and major influences.
- Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development.
- Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why?
- How has your family background affected the way you see the world?
- How has your education contributed to who you are today?
Future Plans and Goals
Colleges look for applicants with vision and motivation, so they might ask about your goals and aspirations.
- Briefly describe your long- and short-term goals.
- Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
- Why do you want to get a college education?
Some essay questions don’t seem directly related to your education or life experience, but committees use them to test your creativity and get a better sense of your personality.
- Choose a person or persons you admire and explain why.
- Choose a book or books and that have affected you deeply and explain why.
While you can’t predict every essay question, knowing some of the most common ones can give you a leg up on applications.
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