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Common App Essay Prompts Remain Unchanged for Students Applying to College in the Fall of 2019

The Common App essay prompts for students who will be applying to college in the fall of 2019 are:

1. 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.

2. The lessons we […]

More Students are Taking AP Classes, and They’re Scoring Higher on Their AP Exams

The College Board has seen an upward trend in both the number of students taking Advanced Placement Courses and in their performance on those exams.

According to the College Board, over the past ten years, there’s been a 70% increase in the number of public high school graduates who have taken an AP […]

Bold Enough for UC Boulder?

This year’s University of Colorado-Boulder supplemental essay question asks:

As a vibrant community of learners dedicated to inclusive excellence, the students, faculty and staff at the University of Colorado Boulder seek to be open and respectful of contrasting beliefs and opinions. Every student has a unique life experience and a set of circumstances by which […]

Tufts Encourages Applicants to “Take a Risk” When Answering Essay Supplements

The Tufts essay supplement consists of three required short responses.  Admissions is looking for students to “think outside the box” and “take a risk” when answering the essay questions.  The essay prompts are:

Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” (50–100 words)
There is a Quaker saying: […]

Short and Sweet: Boston University’s Essay Supplement

Boston University wants to know:

What about being a BU student excites you? (max 250 words)

This ‘why BU’ question may be more challenging than first appears.

For help writing your essay, contact or (973) 462-2829

Getting Personal: Colgate’s Essay Supplement

Colgate asks first year applicants to respond to one of the following prompts (250 words or less):

The Mission Statement for Colgate University sets forth 13 Goals for a Colgate Education. One goal for Colgate students is listed as: Be engaged citizens and strive for a just society: embrace the responsibilities to local, national, […]

Future Wolverines NEED Apply: The Michigan Essay Supplements are Out

Michigan’s supplemental essay questions for the 2017-2018 application cycle are:

Essay #1 (Required for all freshmen applicants; approximately 250 words)

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 […]

Princeton University Once Again Tests First Year Applicants With Multiple Supplemental Questions

Princeton University accepts the Common Application, Coalition Application or the Universal College Application.

In addition to the required primary essay contained in each of the above three applications, Princeton requires first year applicants to answer multiple short answer and essay questions as part of the 2017-2018 Princeton University Supplement.

Essays and Short Answer Questions:
1.  Briefly elaborate on one […]

Notre Dame’s Supplemental Essays Give a Nod to University’s 175 Year Anniversary

The University of Notre Dame accepts applications through both the Common App and the Coalition App.  In addition to the Common App or Coalition App essay, Notre Dame requires applicants to write three short supplemental essays.  The first supplemental essays asks:
What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out […]

Why Union College (in 150 words or less)

This year’s supplemental essay question for Union College asks simply:
“What inspired you to apply to Union?”  
The catch? Your essay cannot exceed 150 words.  
If you are applying for fall 2018 admission to Union College and want guidance on packing a punch in your short essay response, contact