How Many College Application Essays Are There ?!! As Many as 5 to 7! Certainly at least 2!
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What are your passions and experiences that can tell us something about the student you’ll become within a university campus community? What brings you joy? How will you contribute? Below I’ll share examples of essay prompts that are asking this type of question and how to respond. In Part I – I discussed samples of these essays and how to reply to set yourself apart.
This is the topic of the Supplemental College Specific Essays – and the top of today’s blog.
YOUR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAYS!
Types of College Essays
There are four type of essays:
Common/Coalition Application Core Essay (650 words)
College Specific Supplemental Essays (varying in length: 150 to 800 words – as few as one and as many as seven additional prompts).
and two OPTIONAL Spaces to provide more information: I’ll be discussing these in Part III of this Series
— Anything Else? (650 max)
— COVID PROMPT (250 max)
Let’s discuss the differences and how to tackle your supplemental essay(s). Even at one-essay-only colleges, there will often be a supplemental essay to receive consideration for Honors programs and/or academic scholarships.
College Applications: College Specific Essay Prompts– SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAYS:
COMMON APP 2020-21- ESSAYS
DON’T START WRITING JUST YET!! CONNECT YOUR CORE AND SUPPLEMENTAL ESSAYS– STATEGIC APPLICATIONS!!
Colleges are unique and it’s up to you to have a very solid reason for why you want to attend a specific institution. Proper research will increase the likelihood of application success and finding a college that is your best personalized “fit” both academically and socially.
Successful students at Johns Hopkins make the biggest impact by collaborating with others, including peers, mentors, and professors. Talk about a time, in or outside the classroom, when you worked with others and what you learned from the experience.
The Hawaiian word mo’olelo is often translated as “story” but it can also refer to history, legend, genealogy, and tradition. Use one of these translations to introduce yourself. (Dartmouth College)
- If asked to write a 150-word tweet to tell the world who you are, what would you say? (Emory University)
- A hot dog might be a sandwich, and cereal might be a soup, but is a ______ a ______? (University of Chicago)
- Pick one woman in history or fiction to converse with for an hour and explain your choice. What would you talk about? (Barnard College)
- Defend an unpopular opinion you hold. (University of Notre Dame)
- We want to understand you better! Tell us about a skill you have (useless or useful) and what it says about you. (Pomona College)
- Caltech students are often known for their sense of humor and creative pranks. What do you like to do for fun? (California Institute of Technology)
- Name three songs from your perfect playlist. (Elon University)
- Imagine you had an extra hour in the day – how would you spend that time? (Stanford University)
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