Writing Tips

28 10, 2021

How well do you know your teachers….and how well do they know you?


Juniors, this spring, you will ask two teachers to serve as recommenders for your college applications. The input these recommenders provide to colleges is one important component of your application. Students often ask, ‘how can I get a good recommendation letter,’ and the answer to this question is: ‘what you put in is what […]

10 07, 2021

UT Essay Prompts for Class of 2022

UT Essay Prompts for Students Entering College in the Fall of 2022
There are 4 Required Short Answers (250-300 words each):

1.     Why are you interested in the major you indicated as your first-choice major?

2.     Describe how your experiences, perspectives, talents, and/or your involvement in leadership activities (at your school, job, community, or within your family) will help […]

18 03, 2019

Common App Essay Prompts for Students Entering College in the Fall of 2022

The Common App essay prompts for students who will be entering college in the fall of 2022 are:

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 […]

23 02, 2018

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 […]

10 08, 2017

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 […]

7 08, 2017

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: […]

7 08, 2017

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.

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30 07, 2017

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, […]

29 07, 2017

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 […]

28 07, 2017

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 […]