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Common Application Essays. 4

Coalition Application Essay. 5

University of California Application Essays. 5

Rank 1: Princeton University (NJ) (Common Application) 9

Rank 2: Harvard University (MA) (Common Application) 11

Rank 3: Columbia University (NY) (Common Application) 12

Rank 3: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA) 13

Rank 3: Yale University (CT) (Common Application) 14

Rank 6: Stanford University (CA) (Common Application) 15

Rank 6: University of Chicago (IL) (Common Application) 16

Rank 6: University of Pennsylvania (PA) (Common Application) 17

Rank 9: Northwestern University (IL) (Common Application) 20

Rank 10: Duke University (NC) (Common Application) 21

Rank 10: Johns Hopkins University (MD) (Common Application) 21

Rank 12: California Institute of Technology (CA) (Common Application) 22

Rank 12: Dartmouth College (NH) (Common Application) 23

Rank 14: Brown University (RI) (Common Application) 24

Rank 15: University of Notre Dame (IN) (Common Application) 25

Rank 15: Vanderbilt University (TN) (Common Application) 25

Rank 17: Cornell University (NY) (Common Application) 26

Rank 17: Rice University (TX) (Common Application) 28

Rank 19: Washington University in Saint Louis (MO) (Common Application) 29

Rank 20: University of California-Los Angeles (CA) 30

Rank 21: Emory University (GA) (Common Application) 31

Rank 22: University of California-Berkeley (CA) 31

Rank 22: University of Southern California (CA) (Common Application) 31

Rank 24: Georgetown University (DC) 33

Rank 25: Carnegie Mellon University (PA) (Common Application) 34

Rank 25: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (MI) (Common Application) 35

Rank 27: Wake Forest University (NC) (Common Application) 35

Rank 28: University of Virginia (VA) (Common Application) 37

Rank 29: Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) (Common Application) 38

Rank 29: New York University (NY) (Common Application) 38

Rank 29: Tufts University (MA) (Common Application) 39

Rank 29: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC) (Common Application) 40

Rank 29: University of Rochester (NY) (Common Application) 41

Rank 34: University of California - Santa Barbara (CA) 43

Rank 34: University of Florida (FL) (Coalition Application) 43

Rank 36: University of California - Irvine (CA) 43

Rank 37: Boston College (MA) (Common Application) 44

Rank 37: University of California - San Diego (CA) 44

Rank 39: University of California - Davis (CA) 45

Rank 40: Boston University (MA) (Common Application) 45

Rank 40: Brandeis University (MA) (Common Application) 46

Rank 40: Case Western Reserve University (OH) (Common Application) 47

Rank 40: College of William and Mary (VA) (Common Application) 48

Rank 40: Northeastern University (MA) (Common Application) 48

Rank 40: Tulane University (LA) (Common Application) 48

Rank 46: University of Wisconsin - Madison (WI) (Common Application) 49

Rank 46: Villanova University (VA)(Common Application) 49

Rank 48: University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign (IL) (Coalition Application) 50

Rank 48: University of Texas - Austin (TX) (Coalition Application) 50

Rank 50: Lehigh University (PA) (Common Application) 53

Rank 50: Pepperdine University (CA) (Common Application) 54

Rank 50: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) (Common Application) 54

Rank 50: University of Georgia (GA) 55

Rank 54: Ohio State University (OH) (Common Application) 56

Rank 54: Santa Clara University (CA) (Common Application) 57

Rank 54: Syracuse University (NY) (Common Application) 57

Rank 57: Florida State University (FL) (Common Application) 57

Rank 57: Pennsylvania State University - University Park (PA) (Common Application) 58

Rank 57: Purdue University (IN) (Common Application) 58

Rank 57: University of Miami (FL) (Common Application) 59

Rank 57: University of Pittsburgh (PA) 59

Rank 62: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick (NJ) (Coalition Application) 60

Rank 62: University of Washington (WA) (Coalition Application) 61

Rank 62: Loyola Marymount University (CA) 63

Rank 64: Southern Methodist University (TX) (Common Application) 64

Rank 64: University of Connecticut (CT) (Common Application) 65

Rank 64: University of Maryland - College Park (MD) (Coalition Application) 65

Rank 64: University of Massachusetts - Amherst (MA) (Common Application) 66

Rank 64: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA) (Common Application) 66

Rank 70: Clemson University (SC) (Coalition Application) 67

Rank 70: George Washington University (DC) (Common Application) 67

Rank 70: Texas A&M University - College Station (TX) (Coalition Application) 68

Rank 70: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (MN) (Common Application) 68

Rank 74: Fordham University (NY) (Common Application) 68

Rank 74: Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ) (Common Application) 69

Rank 74: Virginia Tech (VA) (Coalition Application) 69

Rank 77: American University (DC) (Common Application) 70

Rank 77: Brigham Young University - Provo (UT) 70

Rank 79: Baylor University (TX) (Common Application) 72

Rank 79: State University of New York - Binghamton (NY) (Common Application) 72

Rank 79: Gonzaga University (WA) (Common Application) 73

Rank 79: Indiana University - Bloomington (IN) (Common Application) 73

Rank 79: State University of New York - Buffalo (NY) (Common Application) 73

Rank 84: Colorado School of Mines (CO) 74

Rank 84: Elon University (NC) (Common Application) 74

Rank 84: Marquette University (WI) (Common Application) 75

Rank 84: Michigan State University (MI) (Common Application) 75

Rank 84: North Carolina State University (NC) (Common Application) 75

Rank 84: University of California - Santa Cruz (CA) 76

Rank 84: University of Iowa (IA) (Common Application) 76

Rank 91: Clark University (MA) (Common Application) 76

Rank 91: Miami University - Oxford (OH) (Common Application) 76

Rank 91: State University of New York - Stony Brook (NY) (Common Application) 76

Rank 91: University of California - Riverside (CA) 77

Rank 91: University of Delaware (DE) (Common Application) 77

Rank 91: University of San Diego (CA) (Common Application) 77

Rank 97: Drexel University (PA) (Common Application) 78

Rank 97: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJ) (Common Application) 79

Rank 97: Saint Louis University (MO) (Common Application) 79

Rank 97: Texas Christian University (TX) (Common Application) 80

Rank 97: University of Denver (CO) (Common Application) 80

Rank 97: University of San Francisco (CA) (Common Application) 80

Rank 97: Yeshiva University (NY) 81

 

 

Common Application Essays

l   Personal Essay

The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response.

Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don't feel obligated to do so. (The application won't accept a response shorter than 250 words.)

Please write an essay (250-650 words) on the topic selected. You can type directly into the box, or you can paste text from another source.

Ø   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.

Ø   The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

Ø   Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

Ø   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.

Ø   Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

Ø   Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

Ø   Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

l   Additional Information  

Please provide an answer below if you wish to provide details of circumstances or qualifications not reflected in the application. You may enter up to 650 words.

l   Other Secondary Schools ( For高中轉學過的學生)

Please provide details about why you left each of the above secondary schools.

(250 words)

Coalition Application Essay

l   Essay Prompts

Many of the colleges and universities that accept the Coalition application require you to submit at least one essay as part of your application. You can start working on these essays at any time and save drafts in your MyCoalition Locker. While there is no perfect length for an essay, we recommend that you aim for 500 to 550 words. For more information on specific application requirements, please consult the website for each institution to which you are applying, as requirements often vary

Ø   Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

Ø   Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.

Ø   Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

Ø   What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?

Ø   Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

University of California Application Essays

l   Directions

You will have 8 questions to choose from. You must respond to only 4 of the 8 questions.

Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.

Which questions you choose to answer is entirely up to you: But you should select questions that are most relevant to your experience and that best reflect your individual circumstances.

l   Questions & guidance

Remember, the personal questions are just that — personal. Which means you should use our guidance for each question just as a suggestion in case you need help. The important thing is expressing who are you, what matters to you and what you want to share with UC. Each response is limited to a maximum of 350 words.

Ø   Describe an example of your leadership experience in which you have positively influenced others, helped resolve disputes, or contributed to group efforts over time.

Things to Consider

ü   A leadership role can mean more than just a title. It can mean being a mentor to others, acting as the person in charge of a specific task, or a taking lead role in organizing an event or project. Think about your accomplishments and what you learned from the experience.  What were your responsibilities?

ü   Did you lead a team? How did your experience change your perspective on leading others? Did you help to resolve an important dispute at your school, church in your community or an organization? And your leadership role doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to school activities.  For example, do you help out or take care of your family?

 

Ø   Every person has a creative side, and it can be expressed in many ways: problem solving, original and innovative thinking, and artistically, to name a few. Describe how you express your creative side.

Things to Consider

ü   What does creativity mean to you? Do you have a creative skill that is important to you? What have you been able to do with that skill? If you used creativity to solve a problem, what was your solution? What are the steps you took to solve the problem?

ü   How does your creativity influence your decisions inside or outside the classroom? Does your creativity relate to your major or a future career?

Ø   What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?

Things to Consider

ü   If there’s a talent or skill that you’re proud of, this is the time to share it. You don’t necessarily have to be recognized or have received awards for your talent (although if you did and you want to talk about, feel free to do so). Why is this talent or skill meaningful to you?

ü   Does the talent come naturally or have you worked hard to develop this skill or talent? Does your talent or skill allow you opportunities in or outside the classroom? If so, what are they and how do they fit into your schedule?

Ø   Describe how you have taken advantage of a significant educational opportunity or worked to overcome an educational barrier you have faced.

Things to Consider

ü   An educational opportunity can be anything that has added value to your educational experience and better prepared you for college. For example, participation in an honors or academic enrichment program, or enrollment in an academy thats geared toward an occupation or a major, or taking advanced courses that interest you — just to name a few.

ü   If you choose to write about educational barriers you’ve faced, how did you overcome or strived to overcome them? What personal characteristics or skills did you call on to overcome this challenge? How did overcoming this barrier help shape who are you today?

Ø   Describe the most significant challenge you have faced and the steps you have taken to overcome this challenge. How has this challenge affected your academic achievement?

Things to Consider

ü   A challenge could be personal, or something you have faced in your community or school. Why was the challenge significant to you? This is a good opportunity to talk about any obstacles you’ve faced and what you’ve learned from the experience. Did you have support from someone else or did you handle it alone?

ü   If you’re currently working your way through a challenge, what are you doing now, and does that affect different aspects of your life? For example, ask yourself, “How has my life changed at home, at my school, with my friends, or with my family?”

Ø   Think about an academic subject that inspires you. Describe how you have furthered this interest inside and/or outside of the classroom.

Things to Consider

ü   Many students have a passion for one specific academic subject area, something that they just can’t get enough of. If that applies to you, what have you done to further that interest? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had inside and outside the classroom — such as volunteer work, internships, employment, summer programs, participation in student organizations and/or clubs — and what you have gained from your involvement.

ü   Has your interest in the subject influenced you in choosing a major and/or future career? Have you been able to pursue coursework at a higher level in this subject (honors, AP, IB, college or university work)? Are you inspired to pursue this subject further at UC, and how might you do that?

Ø   What have you done to make your school or your community a better place?

Things to Consider

ü   Think of community as a term that can encompass a group, team or a place – like your high school, hometown, or home. You can define community as you see fit, just make sure you talk about your role in that community. Was there a problem that you wanted to fix in your community?

ü   Why were you inspired to act?  What did you learn from your effort? How did your actions benefit others, the wider community or both? Did you work alone or with others to initiate change in your community?

Ø   Beyond what has already been shared in your application, what do you believe makes you stand out as a strong candidate for admissions to the University of California?

Things to Consider

ü   If there’s anything you want us to know about you, but didn’t find a question or place in the application to tell us, now’s your chance. What have you not shared with us that will highlight a skill, talent, challenge or opportunity that you think will help us know you better?

ü   From your point of view, what do you feel makes you an excellent choice for UC? Don’t be afraid to brag a little.

l   Additional Comments (Optional)

Tell us anything else you want us to know about your academic record that you have not had the opportunity to describe elsewhere in this section.

International applicants: If you selected Other as your school's grading system, please explain the grading system here. (550 word limit)

Rank 1: Princeton University (NJ) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

In addition to the essay you have written for the Common Application, please write an essay of about 500 words (no more than 650 words and no less than 250 words). Using one of the themes below as a starting point, write about a person, event, or experience that helped you define one of your values or in some way changed how you approach the world. Please do not repeat, in full or in part, the essay you wrote for the Common Application.

Please enter your selected essay here:

Ø   Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way.

Ø   “One of the great challenges of our time is that the disparities we face today have more complex causes and pointless straightforwardly to solutions.” Omar Wasow, Assistant Professor, Politics; Founder, Blackplanet.com This quote is taken from Professor Wasow's January 2014 speech at the Martin Luther King Day celebration at Princeton University.

Ø    “Culture is what presents us with the kinds of valuable things that can fill a life. And insofar as we can recognize the value in those things and make them part of our lives, our lives are meaningful.” Gideon Rosen, Stuart Professor of Philosophy, chair of the Council of the Humanities and director of the Program in Humanistic Studies, Princeton University.

Ø   Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point, tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. Please write the quotation, title and author at the beginning of your essay.

l   Extracurricular Activity or Work Experience

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences that was particularly meaningful to you. (About 150 words)*

l   Summers

Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years), including any jobs you have held. (About 150 words)*

l   A Few Details

Ø   Your favorite book and its author (300 characters maximum)

Ø   Your favorite movie (300 characters maximum)

Ø   Your favorite website (300 characters maximum)

Ø   Two adjectives your friends would use to describe you (300 characters maximum)

Ø   Your favorite recording (300 characters maximum)

Ø   Your favorite keepsake or memento (300 characters maximum)

Ø   Your favorite source of inspiration (300 characters maximum)

Ø   Your favorite word (300 characters maximum)

Ø   Your favorite line from a movie or book and its title (300 characters maximum)

l   Additional Information (Optional)

Please attach a document if you wish to provide details of circumstances or qualifications not reflected in the application. (No word limit. Upload a pdf file under 500 KB)

l   Required for student who indicate B.S.E. (Bachelor of Science in Engineering) degree Essay*

If you are interested in pursuing a B.S.E. (Bachelor of Science in Engineering) degree, please write a 300-500 word essay describing why you are interested in studying engineering, any experiences in or exposure to engineering you have had, and how you think the programs in engineering offered at Princeton suit your particular interests.*

Rank 2: Harvard University (MA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Academics

Your intellectual life may extend beyond the academic requirements of your particular school. Please use the space below to list additional intellectual activities that you have not mentioned or detailed elsewhere in your application. These could include, but are not limited to, supervised or self-directed projects not done as school work, training experiences, online courses not run by your school, or summer academic or research programs not described elsewhere. (Optional, 150 words maximum)

l   Activities

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (50 words minimum, 150 words maximum)

l   Additional Essay

You may wish to include an additional essay if you feel that the college application forms do not provide sufficient opportunity to convey important information about yourself or your accomplishments. If you plan to submit an additional essay, please select a prompt from the list below. If you do not intend to submit an additional essay, leave this question blank.

You may write on a topic of your choice, or you may choose from one of the following topics:

Ø   Unusual circumstances in your life

Ø   Travel or living experiences in other countries

Ø   What you would want your future college roommate to know about you

Ø   An intellectual experience (course, project, book, discussion, paper, poetry, or research topic in engineering, mathematics, science or other modes of inquiry) that has meant the most to you

Ø   How you hope to use your college education

Ø   A list of books you have read during the past twelve months

Ø   The Harvard College Honor code declares that we "hold honesty as the foundation of our community." As you consider entering this community that is committed to honesty, please reflect on a time when you or someone you observed had to make a choice about whether to act with integrity and honesty.

Ø   The mission of Harvard College is to educate our students to be citizens and citizen-leaders for society. What would you do to contribute to the lives of your classmates in advancing this mission?

Ø   Each year a substantial number of students admitted to Harvard defer their admission for one year or take time off during college. If you decided in the future to choose either option, what would you like to do?

Ø   Harvard has long recognized the importance of student body diversity of all kinds. We welcome you to write about distinctive aspects of your background, personal development or the intellectual interests you might bring to your Harvard classmates.

Rank 3: Columbia University (NY) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

Ø   List a few words or phrases that describe your ideal college community.(150 words or less)

Ø   List the titles of the required readings from courses during the school year or summer that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)

Ø   List the titles of the books you read for pleasure that you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)

Ø   List the titles of the print, electronic publications and websites you read regularly. (150 words or less)

Ø   List the titles of the films, concerts, shows, exhibits, lectures and other entertainments you enjoyed most in the past year. (150 words or less)

Ø   Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. (300 words or less)

Ø   For applicants to Columbia College, please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. If you are currently undecided, please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. (300 words or less)

l   Research Supplement (Optional)

Before completing this section, kindly review our instructions on supplementary materials. 

Have you completed research with a faculty member or mentor in an academic discipline such as science, engineering or other academic interests (e.g., humanities, social sciences or languages)?

If yes, Please complete the following questions regarding your research experience.

Ø   Where was the research conducted? *

Ø   Describe your time commitment to this research*

Ø   Describe your specific research responsibilities and contributions*

Ø   Research Mentor Name *

Ø   Research Mentor Title*

Ø   Research Mentor Email*

Ø   Research Mentor Mailing Address*

Ø   List any recognitions you have received for this research (e.g. publications, presentations, awards, etc.)*

l   Research Abstract (Optional)

Please note that research abstracts are typically one page in length and encompass a brief synopsis of your work. *

Note: Max file size is 2000 KB. File will be converted to PDF upon upload. Supported file types include .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt.

Rank 3: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA)

l   Short Answer Questions

In the MIT application, we're not looking for one long, highly-polished essay. Instead, interspersed throughout the application will be short answer questions designed to help us get to know you. Just be yourself.

Ø   We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do for the pleasure of it. (*)(100 words or fewer)

Ø   Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? (*) (100 words or fewer)

Ø   At MIT, we bring people together to better the lives of others. MIT students work to improve their communities in different ways, from tackling the world's biggest challenges to being a good friend. Describe one way in which you have contributed to your community, whether in your family, the classroom, your neighborhood, etc. (*) (200-250 words)

Ø   Describe the world you come from; for example, your family, clubs, school, community, city, or town. How has that world shaped your dreams and aspirations? (*) (200-250 words)

Ø   Tell us about the most significant challenge you've faced or something important that didn't go according to plan. How did you manage the situation? (*) (200-250 words

Ø   (Optional) No admission application can meet the needs of every individual. If you think additional information or material will give us a more thorough impression of you, please respond below. (Around 3500 characters)

Rank 3: Yale University (CT) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Academic Interests

Why do these areas appeal to you? (Up to approximately 100 words).*

l   Additional Questions

Ø   Why Yale?

What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? (125 words or fewer)*

Ø   Short Takes

Please respond in no more than 200 characters (approximately 35 words), to each of the following questions:

ü   What inspires you? *

ü   Yale’s residential colleges regularly host conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask?*

ü   You are teaching a Yale course. What is it called?*

ü   Most first-year Yale students live in suites of four to six people. What do you hope to add to your suitemates' experience? What do you hope they will add to yours?*

Ø   Yale Essays

ü   Think about an idea or topic that has been intellectually exciting for you. Why are you drawn to it? * (Max. 250 words)

ü   Please respond to either one of the following prompts in 250 words or fewer.

Please indicate the number of the prompt you are writing about at the start of each response. – e.g. “Prompt 1”

A.        Reflect on your engagement with a community to which you belong. How has this engagement affected you?

B.         Yale students, faculty, and alumni engage issues of local, national, and international importance. Discuss an issue that is significant to you and how your college experience could help you address it.

l   Engineering Essay

If you selected one of the engineering majors, please tell us more about what has led you to an interest in this field of study, what experiences (if any) you have had in engineering, and what it is about Yale’s Engineering program that appeals to you. Please answer in 300 words or fewer.

Rank 6: Stanford University (CA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (50-150 maximum.)

l   Short Questions

Briefly respond to the following inquiries so we can get to know you better. Do not feel compelled to use complete sentences. 

Ø   What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 word limit)

Ø   How did you spend your last two summers? (50 word limit)

Ø   What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? (50 word limit)

Ø   What five words best describe you? (10 word limit)

Ø   When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch? (50 word limit)

Ø   Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford. (50 word limit)

Ø   Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time? (50 word limit)

l   Short Essays

Ø   The Stanford community is deeply curious and driven to learn in and out of the classroom. Reflect on an idea or experience that makes you genuinely excited about learning. (100 to 250 word limit.)

Ø   Virtually all of Stanford's undergraduates live on campus. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -- and us -- know you better. (100 to 250 word limit.)

Ø   Tell us about something that is meaningful to you, and why? (100 to 250 word limit.)

Rank 6: University of Chicago (IL) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

In the spirit of adventurous inquiry (and with the encouragement of one of our current students!) choose one of our past prompts (or create a question of your own). Be original, creative, thought provoking. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun!

Choose one of the six extended essay options and upload a one- or two- page response.

Ø   Cats have nine lives, Pac-Man has 3 lives, and radioactive isotopes have half-lives. How many lives does something else—conceptual or actual—have, and why?

Inspired by Kedrick Shin, Class of 2019

Ø   If there’s a limited amount of matter in the universe, how can Olive Garden (along with other restaurants and their concepts of food infinity) offer truly unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks? Explain this using any method of analysis you wish—physics, biology, economics, history, theology… the options, as you can tell, are endless.

Inspired by Yoonseo Lee, Class of 2023

Ø   A hot dog might be a sandwich, and cereal might be a soup, but is a ______ a ______?

Inspired by Arya Muralidharan, Class of 2021 (and dozens of others who, this year and in past years, have submitted the question “Is a hot dog a sandwich,” to which we reply, “maybe”)

Ø   “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” – Jessamyn West

Inspired by Elizabeth Mansfield, Class of 2020

Ø   UChicago has international campus centers around the world, but we don’t have any interplanetary, interstellar, or interdimensional campuses… yet! Propose a spot in time or space, in this or any universe, for a new UChicago campus. What types of courses would be taught at this site? What cultural experiences await students who study there?
Inspired by Peter Jasperse, Class of 2022

Ø   “Don’t be afraid to pick past prompts! I liked some of the ones from previous years more than those made newly available for my year. Also, don’t worry about the ‘correct’ way to interpret a question. If there exists a correct way to interpret the prompt I chose, it certainly was not my answer.” —Matthew Lohrs, Class of 2023

l   Required Essay

Note: Only include letters and numbers in the file name. Max file size is 2000 KB. File will be converted to PDF upon upload. Supported file types include .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt. (無字數限制說明)

Ø   How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.

Rank 6: University of Pennsylvania (PA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

Ø   How did you discover your intellectual and academic interests, and how will you explore them at the University of Pennsylvania? Please respond considering the specific undergraduate school you have selected. (300-450 words)
*Students applying to Digital Media Design and Computer & Cognitive Science should address both the specialized program and single-degree choice in their response. For students applying to the other coordinated dual-degree and specialized programs, please answer this question in regards to your single-degree school choice; your interest in the coordinated dual-degree or specialized program may be addressed through the program-specific essay. 

Ø   At Penn, learning and growth happen outside of the classroom, too. How will you explore the community at Penn? Consider how this community will help shape your perspective and identity, and how your identity and perspective will help shape this community. (150-200 words)

l   Additional Writing Questions

Applicants who select certain programs will be required to complete additional writing questions.

Ø   Computer and Cognitive Science: Artificial Intelligence

Why are you interested in the Computer & Cognitive Science: Artificial Intelligence program at the University of Pennsylvania? (400-650 words)

Ø   DMD: Digital Media Design Program

Why are you interested in the Digital Media Design (DMD) program at the University of Pennsylvania? (400-650 words)

Ø   Huntsman: The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business

The Huntsman Program supports the development of globally-minded scholars who become engaged citizens, creative innovators, and ethical leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the United States and internationally. What draws you to a dual-degree program in business and international studies, and how would you use what you learn to make a contribution to a global issue where business and international affairs intersect? (400-650 words)

Ø   LSM: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management

LSM seeks students who are enthusiastic about combining science with management. What excites you about this combination? What advantages and opportunities does the combination provide, and what issues could it address? Be as specific and original as possible in addressing these questions. It is important that you share your thoughts written in your own words because that is what we are interested in reading. (400-650 words)

Ø   M&T: The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology

Both questions are required.

ü   Explain how you will use the M&T program to explore your interest in business, engineering, and the intersection of the two. (400-650 words)

ü   Describe a problem that you solved that showed leadership and creativity. (250 words maximum)

Ø   NETS: The Rajendra and Neera Singh Program in Networked and Social Systems Engineering

Describe your interests in modern networked information systems and technologies, such as the internet, and their impact on society, whether in terms of economics, communication, or the creation of beneficial content for society. Feel free to draw on examples from your own experiences as a user, developer, or student of technology. (400-650 words)

Ø   NHCM: Nursing and Healthcare Management

Discuss your interest in nursing and health care management. How might Penn's coordinated dual-degree program in nursing and business help you meet your goals? (400-650 words)

Ø   Seven-Year Bio-Dental Program

All questions are required.

ü   Please list pre-dental or pre-medical experience. This experience can include but is not limited to observation in a private practice, dental clinic, or hospital setting; dental assisting; dental laboratory work; dental or medical research, etc. Please include time allotted to each activity, dates of attendance, location, and description of your experience. If you do not have any pre-dental or pre-medical experience, please indicate what you have done that led you to your decision to enter dentistry. (250 words maximum)

ü   List any activities which demonstrate your ability to work with your hands. (250 words maximum)

ü   What activities have you performed that demonstrate your ability to work cooperatively with people? (250 words maximum)

ü   Please explain your reasons for selecting a career in dentistry. Please include what interests you the most in dentistry as well as what interests you the least. (250 words maximum)

ü   Do you have relatives who are dentists or are in dental school? If so, indicate the name of each relative, his/her relationship to you, the school attended, and the dates attended. (250 words maximum)

Ø   VIPER: The Roy and Diana Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research

Describe your interests in energy science and technology drawing on your previous academic, research, and extracurricular experiences that allow you to appreciate the scientific or engineering challenges related to energy and sustainability. If you have previous experience with research, describe your research project (outlining the goals, hypotheses, approach, results, and conclusions). Describe how your experiences have shaped your research and interests, and identify how the VIPER program will help you achieve your goals. Also, please indicate which VIPER majors in both science and engineering are most interesting to you at this time. (400-650 words)

Rank 9: Northwestern University (IL) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

If you wish to submit your resume, you may upload it here.

l   ''Why Northwestern'' Statement (completion strongly recommended): 

Other parts of your application give us a sense for how you might contribute to Northwestern. But we also want to consider how Northwestern will contribute to your interests and goals. In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you'll make use of specific resources and opportunities here. (We HIGHLY recommend you complete this essay.) (300 word maximum)

Rank 10: Duke University (NC) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

Ø   For Engineering (Pratt) applicants - If you are applying to the Pratt School of Engineering as a first year applicant, please discuss why you want to study engineering AND why you would like to study at Duke. (Please limit your response to no more than 250 words.) *

Ø   For Arts & Sciences (Trinity) applicants - If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you? (Please limit your response to no more than 250 words.)*

Ø   (Optional) Duke University seeks a talented, engaged student body that embodies the wide range of human experience; we believe that the diversity of our students makes our community stronger. If you'd like to share a perspective you bring or experiences you've had to help us understand you better-perhaps related to a community you belong to or your family or cultural background-we encourage you to do so. Real people are reading your application, and we want to do our best to understand and appreciate the real people applying to Duke. (250 word limit) Duke University Nondiscrimination Statement

Ø   (Optional) Duke's commitment to diversity and inclusion includes sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. If you would like to share with us more about how you identify as LGBTQIA+, and have not done so elsewhere in the application, we invite you to do so here. (250 word limit)

Rank 10: Johns Hopkins University (MD) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here. (Optional)
Hint: File should be under 500 KB and one of these types: .pdf .doc .docx .rtf .txt.

l   Writing Questions

Write a brief essay (300-400 words) in which you respond to the following question. 

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. (300 word minimum, 500 word maximum)

Rank 12: California Institute of Technology (CA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

What three experiences or activities have helped you explore your desire to study and possibly pursue a career in STEM? (200 words max)

l   Required Short Answers & Essay Prompts

Describe three experiences and/or activities that have helped develop your passion for a possible career in a STEM field. Use the separate spaces provided below, one for each STEM experience and/or activity.

Ø   STEM experience/activity 1 and explanation (Your response should range between 10-120 words.)

Ø   STEM experience/activity 2 and explanation (Your response should range between 10-120 words.)

Ø   STEM experience/activity 3 and explanation (Your response should range between 10-120 words.)

Ø   Much like the life of a professional scientist or engineer, the life of a "Techer" relies heavily on collaboration. Knowing this, what do you hope to explore, innovate, or create with your Caltech peers? (Your response should range between 250-400 words.)

Ø   Caltech students are often known for their sense of humor and creative pranks. What do you like to do for fun? (Your response should range between 250-400 words.)

Ø   The process of discovery best advances when people from various backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives come together. How do you see yourself contributing to the diversity of Caltechs community? (Your response should range between 250-400 words.)

Rank 12: Dartmouth College (NH) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here. (Optional)
Hint: File should be under 500 KB and one of these types: .pdf .doc .docx .rtf .txt.

l   Writing Questions

Ø   Please respond in 100 words or less

While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, delivered this memorable line: “It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!” As you seek admission to the Class of 2023, what aspects of the College’s program, community or campus environment attract your interest?

Ø   Choose one of the following prompts and respond in 250-300 words:

ü   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.

ü   In the aftermath of World War II, Dartmouth President John Sloane Dickey, Class of 1929, proclaimed, “The world’s troubles are your troubles…and there is nothing wrong with the world that better human beings cannot fix.” Which of the world’s “troubles” inspires you to act? How might your course of study at Dartmouth prepare you to address it?

ü   In The Painted Drum, author Louise Erdrich ‘76 wrote, “… what is beautiful that I make? What is elegant? What feeds the world?” Tell us about something beautiful you have made or hope to make.

ü   Yes, books are dangerous,” young people’s novelist Pete Hautman proclaimed. “They should be dangerous—they contain ideas.” What book or story captured your imagination through the ideas it revealed to you? Share how those ideas influenced you.

ü   I have no special talent,” Albert Einstein once observed. “I am only passionately curious.” Celebrate your curiosity.

ü   Labor leader Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who co-founded the organization now known as United Farm Workers. She said, “We criticize and separate ourselves from the process. We've got to jump right in there with both feet.” Speak your truth: Talk about a time when your passion became action.

Rank 14: Brown University (RI) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities Questions

Ø   If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here. (Optional)

Ø   Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.* (150 word limit)

l   Writing

Ø   Brown’s Open Curriculum allows students to explore broadly while also diving deeply into their academic pursuits. Tell us about an academic interest (or interests) that excites you, and how you might use the Open Curriculum to pursue it.* (Words: Min: 50 / Max: 250)

Ø   At Brown, you will learn as much from your peers outside the classroom as in academic spaces. How will you contribute to the Brown community? * (Words: Min: 50 / Max: 250)

Ø   Tell us about a place or community you call home. How has it shaped your perspective?* (Words: Min: 50 / Max: 250)

Rank 15: University of Notre Dame (IN) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

The University of Notre Dame Writing Supplement consists of one (1) essay response to a required question and two (2) essay responses to questions you select from the options provided. In total, you will write three (3) essay responses. The recommended word count is approximately 150 to 200 words per essay.

Ø   Please provide a response to the following question:

What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions? Required (150 to 200 words)

Ø   Please provide responses to TWO (2) of the following questions: (150 to 200 words per essay)

ü   The founder of the University of Notre Dame, Father Edward Sorin, C.S.C., was only 28 when he established the University with the vision that it would become a "powerful means of doing good." We have always known that young people can be catalysts for change. What is one way that you have made an impact in your community?

ü   If you were to bring a new friend to your hometown and give them a personal tour, what is a meaningful place you would show them?

ü   Defend an unpopular opinion you hold.

ü   Many high schools have books that are required reading. Thinking beyond the common examples, what book do you believe should be on your school's reading list and why?

Rank 15: Vanderbilt University (TN) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

Ø   Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150 to 400 word maximum)

Ø   If you wish to submit your resume, you may upload it here.
Hint:
 File should be under 2000 KB and one of these types: .pdf .doc .docx .rtf .txt.

Rank 17: Cornell University (NY) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

Based on your selection of a College or School in the Academics section you will be required to complete an additional writing question.

Please choose the essay according to your college/school choice.

Please limit your response to 650 words.

Ø   Agriculture and Life Science

Why are you drawn to studying the major you have selected? Please discuss how your interests and related experiences have influenced your choice. Specifically, how will an education from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Cornell University help you achieve your academic goals? 

Ø   Architecture, Art and Planning

What is your “thing”? What energizes you or engages you so deeply that you lose track of time? Everyone has different passions, obsessions, quirks, inspirations. What are yours?

Ø   College of Arts and Science

Students in Arts and Sciences embrace the opportunity to delve into multifaceted academic interests, embodying in 21st century terms Ezra Cornell’s “any person…any study” founding vision. Tell us about the areas of study you are excited to explore, and specifically why you wish to pursue them in our College.

Ø   Cornell SC Johnson College of Business: :

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management: The Dyson School is unique by design. What motivates you to apply to Dyson and where do you plan to go from here?

Ø   Cornell SC Johnson College of Business:

School of Hotel Administration (SHA): How have your interests and experiences influenced your decision to apply to the School of Hotel Administration? How does this decision relate to your future plans and aspirations?

Ø   College of Engineering:

Tell us about your interest in engineering or what you hope to achieve with a degree in engineering. Describe what appeals to you about Cornell Engineering and how it specifically relates to your engineering interest or aspirations.

Ø   College of Human Ecology:

How has your decision to apply to the College of Human Ecology been influenced by your related experiences? How will your choice of major impact your goals and plans for the future?

Ø   Industrial and Labor Relations

Tell us about your intellectual interests, how they sprung from your course, service, work or life experiences, and what makes them exciting to you. Describe how ILR is the right school for you to pursue these interests.

l  Interview Essay Question

如果無法參加面對面的面試,則請用Essay的模式回答完以下問題,寫完後要用郵寄的方式寄給學校 (Only for Architecture, Art and Planning Applicants)

Ø   The B.Arch. interview essay, like the in-person interview evaluation, is often the first aspect of the application that is read, and as such is your opportunity to make a first impression. Use this essay to identify your voice, the things you care about, the very personal reasons that you are passionate about architecture, and the specific experiences that have led you to apply to Cornell.

Ø   Your B.Arch. interview essay should cover topics that you are not already discussing in either of your other application essays. It should be no more than two pages. You must submit the essay to aap-admissions@cornell.edu by the appropriate application deadline.

Ø   It is very important to note that the majority of successful applicants to the B.Arch. program complete an in-person interview. The interview essay is only an appropriate alternative in cases where an applicant absolutely cannot schedule an in-person interview (due to distance, illness, or family emergency). Applicants who are close to Ithaca or have alumni interviewers in their area are expected to complete an in-person interview, not the essay.

Rank 17: Rice University (TX) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

The Committee of Admission is interested in getting to know each student as well as possible through the application process. Please respond to each of the following prompts. 

1.          There is a breadth of intellectual opportunities here at Rice. Further explain your intended major and other areas of academic focus you may explore. (150 word limit)*

2.          What aspects of the Rice undergraduate experience excite you and led you to apply? (150 word limit)*

3.          Rice is lauded for creating a collaborative atmosphere that enhances the quality of life for all members of our campus community. The Residential College System is heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. What personal perspectives would you contribute to life at Rice? (500 word limit)*

Architecture Applicants

Architecture applicants will not be required to answer question #3 (above). Instead, they will answer questions #1 and #2 above, along with #4 and #5:

4.          Why do you want to study architecture? What research have you done, experiences have you had (or anything else you would like to expound on) to explain this decision? (250 word limit)

5.          Outside of academics, what would you like us know about you that is not accommodated by any other prompt in the application? (250 word limit)

l   The Box

In keeping with Rice's long-standing tradition (known as "The Box"), please share an image of something that appeals to you. See the Help Section for more information.*

(Upload via Common Application or Rice Admission Student Portal)

Note: Only include letters and numbers in the file name. Max file size is 2000 KB. File will be converted to PDF upon upload. Supported file types include .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt.

Rank 19: Washington University in Saint Louis (MO) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here.

Hint: File should be under 2000 KB and one of these types: .pdf .doc .docx .rtf .txt.

l   Writing Supplement

You will be required to complete an additional writing question based on your answer to the question “Do you wish to be considered for a special program?” in the Academics section.

Ø   Beyond Boundaries

You indicated an interest in the Beyond Boundaries program on your application for admission.

The Beyond Boundaries Program helps talented, self-initiated, and self-motivated students become creative problem solvers and insightful scholars who are prepared to pursue their own broad interdisciplinary interests. This unique educational experience requires collaboration across academic disciplines and perspectives, drawing on the strength and interconnectedness of the university’s five undergraduate divisions and three graduate schools. After their first year, students are able to seamlessly transition into any of WashU’s undergraduate schools while they continue engaging with the Beyond Boundaries Program. For more information, visit beyondboundaries.wustl.edu

Many of our students broadly explore the connections across WashU’s five undergraduate divisions and three graduate schools and engage with the community before declaring a major. The Beyond Boundaries Program equips students to make a difference in a complicated world where challenges do not come pre-packaged as the territory of a single discipline.

ü   Tell us what great challenge you might want to tackle leveraging two or more of WashU’s schools and how you would pursue a path of study in an interdisciplinary way.* (300 Words Maximum)

Ø   Joint Program in Business and Computer Science or No

All applicants will answer a supplemental essay question for admission and scholarship consideration.

Each undergraduate division at Washington University provides a number of four-year scholarships that range up to the full cost of tuition. Students are selected as finalists for these Academic Scholarships based on a review of the admissions application with particular attention on the WashU supplemental essay.

Each student who completes an application for admission by the completion deadline will be considered for the scholarship in the division indicated on the application. See admissions.wustl.edu/financial-aid/scholarships for specific instructions from each academic division regarding the review and selection process and what they look for as they select finalists.

Separate applications are required for the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program and the Entrepreneurial Scholars Program, as well as our Signature Scholar Programs - Danforth, Ervin, and Rodriguez scholars programs. For full details, visit admissions.wustl.edu.

ü   Tell us about something that really sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity and compels you to explore more in the program/area of study that you indicated. It could be an idea, book, project, cultural activity, work of art, start-up, music, movie, research, innovation, question, or other pursuit.*(300 Words Maximum)

Rank 20: University of California-Los Angeles (CA)

l   University of California Application Essays

Rank 21: Emory University (GA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

In addition to your Personal Statement, please answer two (2) of the prompts below. Choose one prompt from the “Reflections” category and one prompt from the “Tell us about you” category.

We encourage you to be thoughtful and not stress about what the right answer might be. We simply want to get to know you better. Each response should be no more than 150 words.

Ø   “Reflections” Category: Respond to one of the following.* (Choose one)

ü   Share about something you want to bring from your community to the Emory University community.

ü   Share about a time when you questioned something that you believed to be true.

ü   Emory University’s shield is a crossed torch and trumpet representing the light of learning and the proclamation of knowledge. It symbolizes our mission to impact the world through discovery. What truth or knowledge do you want to see shared?

Ø   Tell us about you” Category: Respond to one of the following.*(Choose one)

ü   Which book, character, song, or piece of work (fiction or non-fiction) represents you, and why?

ü   If you could witness a historic event first-hand, what would it be, and why?

ü   If asked to write a 150-word tweet to tell the world who you are, what would you say?

Rank 22: University of California-Berkeley (CA)

l   University of California Application Essays

Rank 22: University of Southern California (CA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

Please respond to one of the prompts below. (250 word limit)

Ø   USC believes that one learns best when interacting with people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Tell us about a time you were exposed to a new idea or when your beliefs were challenged by another point of view. Please discuss the significance of the experience and its effect on you.

Ø   USC faculty place an emphasis on interdisciplinary academic opportunities. Describe something outside of your intended academic focus about which you are interested in learning.

Ø   What is something about yourself that is essential to understanding you?

l   Essay (Required)

Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections. (250 word limit)

l   Essay (Optional)

Starting with the beginning of high school/secondary school, if you have had a gap where you were not enrolled in school during a fall or spring term, please address this gap in your educational history. You do not need to address a summer break.

l   Short Questions (Required)

Ø   Describe yourself in three words.

ü   First Word: (25 characters limit含空白)

ü   Second Word: (25 characters limit含空白)

ü   Third Word: (25 characters limit含空白)

Ø   What is your favorite snack?: (100 characters limit含空白)

Ø   Best movie of all time: (100 characters limit含空白)

Ø   Dream job: (100 characters limit含空白)

Ø   If your life had a theme song, what would it be?*: (100 characters limit含空白)

Ø   Dream trip: (100 characters limit含空白)

Ø   What TV show will you binge watch next?: (100 characters limit含空白)

Ø   Which well-known person or fictional character would be your ideal roommate?*: (100 characters limit含空白)

Ø   Favorite book: (100 characters limit含空白)

Ø   If you could teach a class on any topic, what would it be? (100 characters limit含空白)

**Applicants who select certain Majors will be required to complete additional writing questions.

Rank 24: Georgetown University (DC)

l   Resume (Optional)

If you wish to submit a resume in addition to the previous extracurricular sections, please do so here. Accepted File Types: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .txt

l   Photograph (Optional)

You are welcome to attach a recent photograph of yourself, if you wish. Please click here to upload a JPEG or PDF

l   Essays - First Year

Ø   Indicate any special talents or skills you possess (250 words).

Ø   Briefly (approximately one-half page, single-spaced) discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved. (Significant Activity Upload)

Ø   Compose two essays (approximately one page, single-spaced each) on the topics given below. Please use the upload options below to submit your essays. 

ü   Essay One

All Applicants: As Georgetown is a diverse community, the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief essay, either personal or creative, which you feel best describes you.

ü   Essay Two

Applicants to Georgetown College

What does it mean to you to be educated? How might Georgetown College help you achieve this aim? (Applicants to the Sciences and Mathematics or the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics should address their chosen course of study).

Applicants to The School of Nursing & Health Studies

Describe the factors that have influenced your interest in studying health care at Georgetown University. Please specifically address your intended major (Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, Global Health, or Nursing).

Applicants to The Walsh School of Foreign Service

Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.

Applicants to The Mcdonough School of Business

The McDonough School of Business is a national and global leader in providing graduates with essential ethical, analytical, financial and global perspectives. Please discuss your motivations for studying business at Georgetown.

Rank 25: Carnegie Mellon University (PA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

Ø   Most students choose their intended major or area of study based on a passion or inspiration that’s developed over time – what passion or inspiration led you to choose this area of study? (300 word maximum)

Ø   Many students pursue college for a specific degree, career opportunity or personal goal. Whichever it may be, learning will be critical to achieve your ultimate goal. As you think ahead to the process of learning during your college years, how will you define a successful college experience? (300 word maximum)

Ø   Consider your application as a whole. What do you personally want to emphasize about your application for the admission committee’s consideration? Highlight something that’s important to you or something you haven’t had a chance to share. Tell us, don’t show us (no websites please). (300 word maximum)

Rank 25: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (MI) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

Ø   If you could only do one of the activities you have listed in the Activities section of your Common Application, which one would you keep doing? Why? (Required for all applicants. Approximately 100 words) (150 word on common app)

Ø   Essay #1 (Required for all 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 community and your place within it. (100-300 word maximum)

Ø   Essay #2 (Required for all applicants. 500 words maximum)
Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests? (100-550 word maximum)

Rank 27: Wake Forest University (NC) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Contacts

How did you become interested in Wake Forest University and why are you applying? (150 words or less) (150 words maximum on common app)

l   Writing Questions

The questions on this page are being asked by Wake Forest University

Help us to get to know you better by responding briefly to these questions. No need for research, just be creative and enjoy the process.

Ø   In Brief: 

ü   1a. List five books you have read that intrigued you.

Book 1~5

Title:                  (100 characters limit-含空白字元)

Author:                (100 characters limit -含空白字元)

Required reading? (Yes or No)

ü   1b.

-              As part of my high-school English curriculum, I was required to read:*
(100 characters limit
-含空白字元)

-              I would have liked to replace it with:* (100 characters limit-含空白字元)

-              The required book I was most surprised I enjoyed was:* (100 characters limit-含空白字元)

ü   1c.

Tell us how a work of fiction you’ve read has helped you to understand the world’s complexity. (300 words)*

Ø   What piques your intellectual curiosity, and why? (150 words)*

 

Ø   As part of our “Voices of Our Time” series – which allows students, faculty, and staff to hear from some of the world’s leading thinkers – Wake Forest has hosted Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michelle Alexander, Eboo Patel, and Thomas Friedman. If you could choose the next series speaker, who would you pick, and why? (150 words)*

Ø   Give us your Top Ten list. Theme:* (85 characters limit-含空白字元/ each)

Ø   At Wake Forest, we gather our students in “Calls to Conversation,” congregating small groups around dinner tables in faculty's and administrators’ homes to discuss topics organized around a theme, for example “arts for social change,” “gender in society,” and “leading a meaningful life.” If you could design a theme for a “Call to Conversation,” what would you choose, and why? (150 words)*

Ø   We live in an age intensely interested in heroes. Professor Joseph Campbell defined “hero” as “someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Describe a hero in public life and how and why, in your opinion, they meet Professor Campbell’s definition. (150 words)*

Rank 28: University of Virginia (VA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Academics

Ø   We are looking for passionate students to join our diverse community of scholars, researchers, and artists. Answer this question, which corresponds to the school/program you selected above, in a half page or roughly 250 words

ü   College of Arts & Sciences: 

What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way? *

ü   School of Engineering and Applied Sciences:

If you were given funding for a small engineering project that would make everyday life better for one friend or family member, what would you design?*

ü   Architecture: 

Describe an instance or place where you have been inspired by architecture or design.*

ü   Nursing: 

School of Nursing applicants may have experience shadowing, volunteering, or working in a health care environment. Tell us about a health care-related experience or another significant interaction that deepened your interest in studying Nursing. *

ü   Kinesiology: 

Discuss experiences that led you to choose the kinesiology major.*

 

Ø   Required of ALL applicants, regardless of school or program. Answer one of the following questions in a half page or roughly 250 words (Please select the prompt you are responding to):*

ü   What's your favorite word and why?

ü   We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.

ü   Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the UVA culture. In her fourth year at UVA, Laura Nelson was inspired to create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework. If you created a Flash Seminar, what idea would you explore and why?

ü   UVA students paint messages on Beta Bridge when they want to share information with our community. What would you paint on Beta Bridge and why is this your message?

ü   UVA students are charged with living honorably and upholding a Community of Trust. Give us an example of a community that is important to you and how you worked to strengthen that community

Rank 29: Georgia Institute of Technology (GA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Questions-Other Information

Why do you want to study your chosen major at Georgia Tech, and how do you think Georgia Tech will prepare you to pursue opportunities in that field after graduation? (Max 300 words)

Rank 29: New York University (NY) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Academics

We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. What motivated you to apply to NYU? Why have you applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please also tell us why you are interested in these additional areas of study or campuses. We want to understand - Why NYU? (400 word maximum) *

Rank 29: Tufts University (MA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

The Tufts writing supplement consists of two required short response questions, which vary depending on the program to which you are applying (read carefully below). We’ve created this page to allow you to peruse the questions without having to leave this site. Visit the Common Application site or the Coalition Application site when you’re actually ready to apply online.

Ø   Applicants to the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and 5-Year Tufts/NEC Combined Degree answer the following two questions:

ü   Which aspects of the Tufts undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short, ‘Why Tufts?’ (100-150 words)

ü   Now we'd like to know a little more about you. Please respond to one of the following three questions. (200-250 words):

-              From recognizing break dancing as a new Olympic sport, to representation in media, to issues of accessibility in our public transit systems, what is something that you can talk about endlessly? What do you care about and why?

-              Whether you've built circuit boards or written slam poetry, created a community event or designed mixed media installations, tell us: What have you designed, invented, engineered, or produced? Or what do you hope to?

-              We all have a story to tell. And with over 5,000 undergraduate students on our campus, that is over 5,000 stories to share and learn. What’s yours?

 

Ø   Applicants to the BFA or 5-Year BFA+BA/BS Combined Degree at the SMFA at Tufts answer the following two questions:

ü   Which aspects of the Tufts undergraduate experience prompt your application? Why SMFA at Tufts? (100-150 words)

ü   Art has the power to disrupt our preconceptions, shape public discourse, and imagine new ways of being in the world. Whether you think of Ai Weiwei’s work reframing the refugee crisis, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s portraits of the Obamas reimagining portrait painting on a national scale, or Yayoi Kusama’s fanciful Infinity Mirrors rekindling our sense of wonder, it is clear that contemporary art is driven by ideas. What are the ideas you’d like to explore in your work? (200-250 words)

 

Rank 29: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

We hope you’ll share with us the activities that you’ve found especially worthwhile. We also hope you won’t feel compelled to tell us everything you’ve ever done or, worse yet, to do things that mean little to you just because you think we expect them. Low-profile pursuits can be just as meaningful as ones that draw more attention, and fewer activities can be just as good, and sometimes even better, than more activities. For example, although starting a new club can be a great experience and helpful to others, so can caring for siblings, parents, or grandparents, working outside the home to put food on the table, or being a good and caring friend. For these reasons, although we’re glad to receive complete résumés, we don’t require or encourage them. Instead, if you choose to submit something that goes beyond what you’re providing through your Common Application, keep it brief; focus less on including everything and more on choosing and explaining the things that have meant the most to you; and upload it here.

 

l   Short Answer Questions

In addition to the essay you provided with your Common Application, please choose two of the prompts below and respond to each in 200-250 words. Your essay responses below should be different from your common app essay response.

Ø   Tell us about a peer who has made a difference in your life.

Ø   What do you hope will change about the place where you live?

Ø   What is one thing that we don’t know about you that you want for us to know?

Ø   What about your background, or what perspective, belief, or experience, will help you contribute to the education of your classmates at UNC?

l   Authorization to Share Information

Please list below names and relationships of individuals other than your parents with whom you authorize the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to discuss information related to your application. (650 words maximum)
Example:
Joe Smith Step-father
Sally Jones Counselor

Rank 29: University of Rochester (NY) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Academic

Combined Degree Programs combine a bachelor’s degree with a graduate / professional degree or a second bachelor’s degree from another academic/artistic school of the University of Rochester. Additional application procedures and deadlines apply. For more information, please visit, our website for Combined Degree Programs. https://enrollment.rochester.edu/deadlines-decisions/#combined-degree-programs-deadlines

I wish to apply to a Combined Degree Program:*

If you are interested in applying to one of the Combined Degree Program, please answer the following essay prompt and limit your response to no more than 500 words.

Ø   How did you learn about Rochester’s Combined Degree Program and what relevant experiences or insight have led to your interest in applying to this particular program? Describe how Rochester’s facilities, faculty, peers and research will meet your academic and personal ambitions. Describe your confidence to succeed in the challenging profession(s) you want to enter as a Rochester graduate.*

ü   Rochester Early Medical Scholars (REMS)

ü   Graduate Engineering at Rochester (GEAR)

ü   Guaranteed Rochester Accelerated Degree in Education (GRADE)

ü   Health and Epidemiology Advanced Learning (HEAL)

ü   Dual Degree with Eastman School of Music (DDE)

ü   Dual Degree with University of Rochester School of Nursing (DDN)

ü   I do not wish to apply to a Combined Degree Program

l   Writing Questions

The University of Rochester benefactor, entrepreneur, photography pioneer and philanthropist George Eastman said, “The progress of the world depends almost entirely upon education.” With that statement in mind, how will you use your University of Rochester experience to foster positive change in order to make the world, your community and those around you “ever better?”

You may answer one of three ways:*

Ø   Essay Response

Write an analytical or creative response of 250 words or less.*

Ø   Creative Response

Upload up to three works of your own art (e.g. pictures, video, performances, literary) and use the space below to provide a brief explanation as to how the art is tied to making the world, your community and those around you “ever better.”  (250 words or less.) To upload smaller documents, such as an abstract or writing sample, submit them through your MyROC account at admissions.enrollment.rochester.edu/apply/status . File size cannot exceed 800 KB and must be in PDF format. For larger files, such as music or video, please provide a URL where they can be accessed in the space provided below.*

Ø   Research Response:

Upload an abstract describing your own related research and use the space below to provide a brief explanation as to how the research is tied to making the world, your community and those around you “ever better.” (250 words or less.)
To upload smaller documents, such as an abstract or writing sample, submit them through your MyROC Account
at 
admissions.enrollment.rochester.edu/apply/status. File size cannot exceed 800 KB and must be in PDF format. For larger files, such as music or video, please provide a URL where they can be accessed in the space provided below. *

**Applicants who select a Professional Degree Program will be required to complete additional writing questions.

Rank 34: University of California - Santa Barbara (CA)

l   University of California Application Essays

Rank 34: University of Florida (FL) (Coalition Application)

l   Coalition Application Essay

l   Community Service

*List and describe your community service activities. Please include your role in the activity and level of responsibility. (Max. words: 250)

l   Employment

*List and describe each job you've had, including dates of employment, job titles and hours worked each week. (Max. words: 250)

l   Programs

* List any programs or activities that helped you prepare for higher education, such as University Outreach, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Boys and Girls Club, etc. (Max. words: 250)

Rank 36: University of California - Irvine (CA)

l   University of California Application Essays

Rank 37: Boston College (MA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

Please make sure you complete the Activities section of the Common Application. If you would like to highlight additional activities, you may upload a brief resume.

l   Writing Questions

We would like to get a better sense of you. Please respond to one of the following prompts. (400 word limit)

Ø   Great art evokes a sense of wonder. It nourishes the mind and spirit. Is there a particular song, poem, speech, or novel from which you have drawn insight or inspiration?

Ø   When you choose a college, you will join a new community of people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and stories. What is it about your background, your experiences, or your story, that will enrich Boston College’s community?

Ø   Boston College strives to provide an undergraduate learning experience emphasizing the liberal arts, quality teaching, personal formation, and engagement of critical issues. If you had the opportunity to create your own college course, what enduring question or contemporary problem would you address and why?

Ø   Jesuit education considers the liberal arts a pathway to intellectual growth and character formation. What beliefs and values inform your decisions and actions today, and how will Boston College assist you in becoming a person who thinks and acts for the common good?

Rank 37: University of California - San Diego (CA)

l   University of California Application Essays

Rank 39: University of California - Davis (CA)

l   University of California Application Essays

Rank 40: Boston University (MA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

Ø   What about being a student at Boston University most excites you? (Max: 250 words)

Ø   Additional Information (optional): Please use this space if you have additional information, materials, or writing samples you would like us to consider.

l   Trustee Scholarship Essay

http://www.bu.edu/admissions/apply/tuition-aid-scholarships/scholarships/trustee/apply/ 

Boston University Trustee Scholars are encouraged to develop well-informed and well-reasoned views of important political, social, and artistic issues. We select students who have a sense of how to present persuasive arguments in support of their views. With that in mind, please select one of the questions below and respond with an essay explaining your perspective in 600 words or less.

Ø   Trustee Scholarship Essay 1 (600 words or less)

ü   The list of works banned throughout history is long and sometimes surprising. Examples include the Bible, King Lear, The Origin of Species, Mein Kampf, Lolita, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Isaac Asimov wrote: “Any book worth banning is a book worth reading.” Do you agree? Is such censorship ever justified? If so, who or what should determine which books are read and which are forbidden?

ü   Economists describe a “moral hazard” as individuals’ tendency to take greater risks when they believe that they will not bear the full cost of their actions. Some may be less careful driving, for instance, if they know that their insurance provider will cover potential accidents, while the uninsured will drive with more caution. A recent study similarly suggests a correlation between greater access to Narcan, the drug used to reverse potentially fatal opioid overdoses, and a rise in the use of opioids. In your opinion, should the concept of moral hazard affect public policy? If so, what are the relevant factors policymakers should consider in assessing questions of public safety and individual responsibility?

ü   “The perfect search engine,” Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin has said, “would be like the mind of God.” In your opinion, will science and technology eventually allow us to know all things knowable? Are there limits to what the perfect search engine will reveal, or might it indeed become like the mind of God?

Ø   In addition, please submit a short essay of no more than 300 words, to the following statement: “Something that’s not on the resume.” Give us a glimpse of a passion, dream, or mental pursuit that absorbs and delights you.

Rank 40: Brandeis University (MA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

The questions on this page are being asked by Brandeis University

Please include a short response to one of the three prompts below (250 words or fewer).*

Ø   Why would you like to attend Brandeis?

Ø   Justice Brandeis said, “Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done.” Tell us how you would implement change in society that others might think impossible.

Ø   What is something you have recently changed your mind about and why?

l  Resume (Optional)

If you would like to submit a resume, please upload it.

l  For International Students Only 
Brandeis attracts students from many corners of the world. As an international student at Brandeis, how would you enrich the campus community? (250 words or fewer)

l   Additional Writing

Applicants who select the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program in the General section will be required to complete an additional writing question.

Please write a 400-word essay about what makes you a good candidate for the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program*

Rank 40: Case Western Reserve University (OH) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Additional Writing

Applicants who select the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in the Academics section will be required to complete additional writing questions.

Ø   By applying to the Pre-Professional Scholars Program, you are applying to gain admission to professional school earlier than students who apply in the traditional way. Please indicate why you’re interested in your chosen profession. How do you see yourself being particularly suited to this field? What events and/or experiences have led you to your choice? This essay should be between 250 and 500 words in length.

Ø   In the college application process, you are constantly prompted for a list of your achievements, awards, and accomplishments. While this information is useful to us, we are interested in hearing more about you. Describe an event, achievement, or experience of which you are particularly proud but that will not show up on a resume, may not garner any recognition, and does not appear anywhere else on your admission application. This essay should not exceed 750 words in length.

Rank 40: College of William and Mary (VA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Additional Essay

Beyond your impressive academic credentials and extracurricular accomplishments, what else makes you unique and colorful? We know nobody fits neatly into 500 words or less, but you can provide us with some suggestion of the type of person you are. Anything goes! Inspire us, impress us, or just make us laugh. Think of this optional opportunity as show and tell by proxy and with an attitude.

Rank 40: Northeastern University (MA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here. (Upload, optional)

Max file size is 2000 KB; File will be converted to PDF upon upload.

Rank 40: Tulane University (LA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

Ø   If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here.

Note: Max file size is 2000 KB; File will be converted to PDF upon upload.

Ø   Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (20 word minimum, 250 word maximum)

l   Writing Supplement

Please describe why you are interested in attending Tulane University (Optional).
(
50-800 words)

Rank 46: University of Wisconsin - Madison (WI) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Essays

Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, please include why you are interested in studying the major(s) you have selected. If you selected undecided please describe your areas of possible academic interest. (You may enter up to 650 words).

Rank 46: Villanova University (VA)(Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

The questions on this page are being asked by Villanova University

Please select and respond to ONE of the following questions in an essay of at least one typewritten page (double spaced). This essay should be distinct and different from the essay submitted through the Common Application.

Ø   In the spirit of Saint Augustine, we believe that everyone in the Villanova community learns from each other. What is a lesson that you have learned in your life so far that you will share with others? 

Ø   You may live in one of the busiest cities in all the world or come from a small town with just one traffic light. The place that you call home has probably shaped who you are in some way. Tell us about where you are from and what, from there, you will bring to Villanova. 

Ø   Please describe a choice for change that you have made in your life that has greatly affected your life or the lives of others. *

Rank 48: University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign (IL) (Coalition Application)

l   Coalition Application Essay

l   已選定科系者 (First Choice)

This section is an important factor in our evaluation, so take your time. We appreciate creativity, but also make sure you’re answering the prompt in full. We encourage you to write your essay in a word processing program and then copy and paste. Special formatting will not carry over. The requested essay must be submitted in English.

Explain your interest in the major you selected and describe how you have recently explored or developed this interest, inside and/or outside the classroom. You may also explain how this major relates to your future career goals. (Limit your response to 300-400 words.)

l   選擇兩個科系者 (First Choice & Second Choice)

Second Choice Major Essay (除上述First ChoiceEssay外,還需填寫以下題目。)

You have selected a second choice major. Please explain your interest in this major. (Limit your response to 300-400 words.)

l   未選定科系者 (Undeclared)

Explain your academic interests and strengths or your future career goals. You may include any majors or areas of study you are currently considering. (Limit your response to 300-400 words.)

Rank 48: University of Texas - Austin (TX) (Coalition Application)

l   Essay

All freshman applicants must submit a required essay: Topic A in ApplyTexas, or the UT Austin Required Essay in the Coalition application. Please keep your essay between 500–700 words (typically two to three paragraphs).

Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?

l   Short Answer Questions

Ø   Required Short Answer 1

* Why are you interested in the major you indicated as your first-choice major? Please limit your response to 250-300 words.

Ø   Required Short Answer 2

Leadership can be demonstrated in many ways. Please share how you have demonstrated leadership in either your school, job, community, and/or within your family responsibilities. Please limit your response to 250-300 words.

Ø   Required Short Answer 3

Please share how you believe your experiences, perspectives, and/or talents have shaped your ability to contribute to and enrich the learning environment at UT Austin, both in and out of the classroom. Please limit your response to 250-300 words.

Ø   Optional Short Answer

Please share background on events or special circumstances that may have impacted your high school academic performance. Please limit your response to 250-300 words.

l   Major-Specific Items

School of Architecture

Ø   Respond to the following short answer prompt — What role has creativity played in your education? What are the ways you explore and express your creativity?

Ø   Respond to the following optional prompt — Take and upload up to three photographs from a camera, smart phone or mobile device that capture how you see the world. Describe what you are trying to evoke with these images. Please limit your response to 50–75 words.

Moody College of Communication

Department of Radio, Television, and Film (RTF)

Ø   Respond to the following optional prompt — You may submit a link to a video or short film to support your application. This may be something you did for school or on your own. This is an opportunity to show us your creativity and demonstrate your potential as an RTF student. The duration of the video should be no more than 5 minutes

School of Nursing

If applying first-choice, submit responses to the following short answer prompts:

Ø   Discuss the factors that have influenced your desire to pursue a career in Nursing.

Ø   How have your academic and extracurricular activities prepared you to pursue a degree in Nursing?

Steve Hicks School of Social Work

Discuss the reasons you chose Social Work as your first-choice major and how a Social Work degree from UT will prepare you for the future.

l   Résumé (Optional)

You may choose to submit an expanded résumé offering additional information about all of your achievements, activities, leadership positions, and student employment.

Ø   What to Include

Your résumé should include all your achievements, not just those that didn’t fit on the ApplyTexas or Coalition for College application. That said, if you’re able to list everything on your admissions application, there’s no need to submit a separate résumé. 

If you submit a résumé, you should include:

ü   Details about what each activity involved rather than a general description

ü   The number of hours per week and weeks per year you spent on each activity

Ø   Submitting Your Résumé

Submit your résumé using the Document Upload System.

l   Business Honors Program

If you are applying to the business honors program, you are required to select business as your first choice major and to submit this short-answer question.

NOTE: You will also be required to submit a résumé and one letter of recommendation from an academic source (teacher, professor). Self-report any AP or IB scores you may have taken or plan to take on your résumé. If not attached to your Coalition application, you may also submit your résumé and recommendation via MyStatus after you submit your application.

By answering this short-answer question, you also acknowledge that you have read the Business Honors Program honor code and promise to subscribe to and defend it.

Ø   Discuss a single piece of business news in the last year that has affected your view on the need for a high-quality business education, and tell us why this has affected or reinforced your desire for a business education. You do not need to go into detail about this piece of business news--a quick reference to the event will suffice. It can be something that occurred in your community, in the U.S., or internationally. Spend the majority of your response on how this event affected your views. Please limit your response to no more than 250 words.

l   Texas Honors Computer Science and Business

If you are applying to the texas honors computer science and business program (texas csb), you are required to answer this short-answer question.

NOTE: To be considered for Texas CSB, students must choose a combination of Business and Computer Science for their first and second choice major. Either major may be listed first or second, students are encouraged to always list their most preferred major first. You will also be required to submit a résumé and one letter of recommendation from an academic source (teacher, professor). Self-report any AP or IB scores you may have taken or plan to take on your résumé. If not attached to your Coalition application, you may also submit your résumé and recommendation via MyStatus after you submit your application.

Ø   Texas CSB is an innovative dual degree program looking for students who are dedicated to both computer science and business. Why do you see this as a powerful combination of skills for your career goals? What have you done in high school to prepare you for computer science and business course work? Please limit your response to no more than 500 words.

Rank 50: Lehigh University (PA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

Ø   How did you first learn about Lehigh University and what motivated you to apply? * (Words: Min: 100 / Max: 150)

Ø   Your time at Lehigh will be shaped in large part by others. What personal perspective will you contribute based on your unique interests, experiences, and background? * (Words: Min: 200 / Max: 250)

Rank 50: Pepperdine University (CA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Questions

Pepperdine is a Christian university where all are welcomed and encouraged to challenge each other in the pursuit of truth. Students, faculty, and staff members from all backgrounds participate in conversations of faith inside and outside of the classroom. Considering that Pepperdine is a Christian university, why are you interested in attending and how would you contribute to conversations of faith on campus? (Words: Min: 300 / Max: 500)

Rank 50: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

Ø   If you wish to submit your resume, you may upload it here.
Note: Max file size is 2000 KB; File will be converted to
PDF upon upload.

Ø   Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (300 word max) (Required)

l   Writing

Why are you interested in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute? (250 word max) (Required)

l   Writing Questions

Applicants who select certain majors in the Academics section will be required to complete an additional writing question.

Accelerated Law & Medical (BIAM, BMLW, SSLW)

Ø   State your reasons for aspiring to a career in law or medicine.

Ø   Include your completed essay with the application form. The essay should be no more than 1–2 pages. (Required)

Architecture (ARCH)

Ø   State your reasons for choosing architecture as your profession.

Ø   Include your completed essay with the application form. The essay should be no more than 1–2 pages. (Required)

Electronic Arts (EART)

Ø   Discuss your interests in the field of electronic arts, and state how this is reflected in your portfolio, if one has been submitted.

Ø   Include your completed essay with the application form. The essay should be no more than 1–2 pages. (Required)

Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS)

Ø   State your reasons for choosing the field of games and simulation arts and sciences, making reference to your portfolio if one has been submitted.

Ø   Include your completed essay with the application form. The essay should be no more than 1–2 pages. (Required)

Music (MUSC)

Ø   State your reasons for choosing the field of games and simulation arts and sciences, making reference to your portfolio if one has been submitted.

Ø   Include your completed essay with the application form. The essay should be no more than 1–2 pages. (Required)

Rank 50: University of Georgia (GA)

UGA requires two essays from each applicant, regardless of decision plan. The topic for Essay A is set by UGA and is required for all applicants. You may select from among any one of the four listed essay topics for Essay B. Each essay should be between 200-300 words (we have provided an extra 50 words for applicants who need additional content space). We suggest using Word or Google docs to write your essays, and then cut/paste them into this form, as application pages time out after inactivity of 20-30 minutes. 

l   Essay A Topic

The college admissions process can create anxiety. In an attempt to make it less stressful, please tell us an interesting or amusing story about yourself that you have not already shared in your application. (200-300 words)

l   Essay B Topics (Choose any one of the following essay topics, 200-300 words )

Ø   UGA’s 2017 Commencement speaker Ernie Johnson (Class of ’79) told a story from his youth about what he refers to as blackberry moments. He has described these as “the sweet moments that are right there to be had but we’re just too focused on what we’re doing…, and we see things that are right there within our reach and we neglect them. Blackberry moments can be anything that makes somebody else’s day, that makes your day, that are just sweet moments that you always remember.” Tell us about one of your “blackberry moments” from the past five years.

Ø   What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)? (this essay is from the Coalition essay options)

Ø   Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. (this essay is from the Coalition essay options)

Ø   Describe a problem, possibly related to your area of study, which you would like to solve. Explain its importance to you and what actions you would take to solve this issue.

Rank 54: Ohio State University (OH) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Additional Writing

Applicants who select the Honors and Scholars or Morrill Scholarship Program will be required to complete an additional writing question.

Ø   You indicated interest in an Honors or Scholars program. Please answer the following essay question: To what fictional character do you most relate, and why? You may select a character from animation, art, film, literature, television, theater or any other medium. (350-500 words)*

Rank 54: Santa Clara University (CA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

Ø   Briefly describe what prompted you to apply to Santa Clara University. If you have had the opportunity to visit campus, please describe what aspect of your experience most influenced your impression of SCU. (Maximum 200 words)

Ø   Driven by the Jesuit values outlined in our mission statement, Santa Clara University promises to educate citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion. We strive to cultivate knowledge and faith to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world. Write about an experience from your life that embodies an aspect of our mission. (between 150 - 300 words)

Rank 54: Syracuse University (NY) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

Ø   Who or what influenced you to apply to Syracuse University? (Maximum: 250 words)

Ø   Who is the person you dream of becoming and how do you believe Syracuse University can help you achieve this? (Maximum: 250 words)

**Applicants who select Citizenship and Civic Engagement or the Syracuse University Discovery Program in the Academics section will be required to complete an additional writing question.

Rank 57: Florida State University (FL) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Resume (Optional)

Submit your resume and/or personal history (strongly encouraged).

l   Additional Information

FSU accepts the resume/personal history through the upload below or through the Application Status Check. You may wish to include the following items on your resume and/or personal history:

Ø   Extracurricular, personal, and volunteer activities; community service work; and employment.

Ø   Any special talents and awards that you have received.

Ø   Any programs that you participated in to help prepare you for college (e.g. University Outreach, Talent Search, Upward Bound, etc.)

Ø   Any family or work obligations that might have prevented you from participating in extracurricular activities.

Rank 57: Pennsylvania State University - University Park (PA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Personal Statement (Optional)

Please tell us something about yourself, your experiences, or activities that you believe would reflect positively on your ability to succeed at Penn State. This is your opportunity to tell us something about yourself that is not already reflected in your application or academic records. We suggest a limit of 500 words or fewer.

Rank 57: Purdue University (IN) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.
(250 word Maximum)

l   Writing

Ø   How will opportunities at Purdue support your interests, both in and out of the classroom? (Respond in 100 words or fewer.) (100 words max.)

Ø   Briefly discuss your reasons for pursuing the major you have selected. (Respond in 100 words or fewer.) (100 words max.)

Rank 57: University of Miami (FL) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

Rank 57: University of Pittsburgh (PA)

l   Short Answers (For International Applicant)

Submit your short answers. We require applicants to answer a series of short answer questions. If you have not submitted your answers yet, then you may submit your responses online or via email at intladm@pitt.edu. Please be sure to include your full name exactly as it appears on your passport, date of birth, and student ID (if known) in your email. Answer all three questions

In lieu of an essay or personal statement, we ask interested international applicants to answer a series of short answer questions. Answering the following questions is required. Your answers may increase the likelihood that you are given special consideration due to extenuating circumstances. The Admissions Committee reviews responses for quality rather than length. However, the most effective responses are under 1,500 characters for each of the three questions. Please answer all questions:

Ø   Describe yourself.

Ø   Describe why studying in the U.S. and at Pitt are good choices for you. *

Ø   Describe an experience where you had to adjust to a culture other than your own. *

l   Additional Information

 

In addition, you must answer the following two questions for Pitt Honors consideration.

Ø   An important emphasis of Pitt Honors is working for the public good. Please describe how you have worked for the public good in the past and how you expect to continue to do so as a student at the University of Pittsburgh and after graduation.

Ø   A hallmark of students in Pitt Honors is intellectual curiosity. Please describe how you have demonstrated intellectual curiosity in the past and how you expect to manifest that intellectual curiosity as a student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Rank 62: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick (NJ) (Coalition Application)

l   Coalition Application Essay

l   More About You

Do you have any unusual family responsibilities or circumstances such as a severe illness that have negatively affected your academic performance or ability to participate in extracurricular activities? If yes, please describe the situation and how it has impacted you or your family.

Please explain your personal circumstances and contributions to the well-being of your family. (Max. characters: 3800)

l   Short Essay

Rutgers requires that you provide a short essay that is your original work. You must submit your essay on this form in the space provided below. The prompts for your essay are below. Please select one topic for your personal essay. Your essay can be a maximum of 3,800 characters and spaces. 

Ø   Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

Ø   Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.

Ø   Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

Ø   What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?

Ø   Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Rank 62: University of Washington (WA) (Coalition Application)

l   Coalition Application Essay

l   Personal Statement (Min. words: 10 / Max. words: 500)

The Personal Statement is our best means of getting to know you and your best means of creating a context for your academic performance. When you write your personal statement, tell us about those aspects of your life that are not apparent from your academic record:

Ø   a character-defining moment

Ø   the cultural awareness you've developed

Ø   a challenge faced

Ø   a personal hardship or barrier overcome

Directions

Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

Tips

Ø   Some of the best statements are written as personal stories. We welcome your imaginative interpretation.

Ø   You may define experience broadly. For example, experience could be a meeting with an influential person, a news story that spurred you to action, a family event, or something that might be insignificant to someone else that had particular meaning for you. If you don't think that any one experience shaped your character, simply choose an experience that tells us something about you.

l   Short Response (Min. words: 10 / Max. words: 300)

Our families and communities often define us and our individual worlds. Community might refer to your cultural group, extended family, religious group, neighborhood or school, sports team or club, co-workers, etc. Describe the world you come from and how you, as a product of it, might add to the diversity of the University of Washington.

l   Additional information about yourself or your circumstances (Optional) (Max. words: 200)

You are not required to write anything in this section, but you may include additional information if something has particular significance to you. For example, you may use this space if:

Ø   You have experienced personal hardships in attaining your education

Ø   Your activities have been limited because of work or family obligations

Ø   You have experienced unusual limitations or opportunities unique to the schools you attended

l   Additional Space (Optional) (Max. words: 200)

You may use this space if you need to further explain or clarify answers you have given elsewhere in this application, or if you wish to share information that may assist the Admissions Office. If applicable, be sure to include the question number to which your comment(s) refer.

l   UW Honors Program Application

If you no longer wish to apply to UW Honors, you must change your answer to 'No' at the top of this page. After doing so, you will no longer be required to fill out this page.

To be considered for admission to UW Honors, you are required to submit short essays which are separate from the UW Writing Section. Your responses will be evaluated on content as well as form (spelling, grammar, and punctuation). Your essays should be original, thoughtful, and concise. Do not copy previous essays from your UW application or materials found on the UW Honors Program website. Draw on your best qualities as a writer and thinker; academic risk-taking is a core value of the Honors Program, so take some risks and be honest. Tell us who you are and how your story is unique. Work on the essays early, remembering that concise and eloquent writing is both difficult and powerful. Have someone proofread your writing but don’t let a proofreader erase your unique voice.

Respond to the essay prompts using no more than 300 words each.

Ø   What is your understanding of the UW Interdisciplinary Honors Program and why do you want to be a part of it?

Ø   Consider at least two very different subjects you’ve studied in school; tell us how and why you imagine bringing those subjects together in your first year at UW to engage with a pressing global concern.

Rank 62: Loyola Marymount University (CA)

l   Statement of Intent

Please briefly state your reason for wishing to attend LMU and/or how you came to select your major. Max 500 words

l   Writing

Please read the three statements, which all relate to the mission and the values of Loyola Marymount University. Choose the one you find most interesting and thought provoking; then, answer the question which accompanies the statement you select. This essay, usually around 500 words, is your chance to display your critical and creative thinking. 

Ø   Prompt 1
In Pope Francis’ 2015 address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, he said: “Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ (Mt 7:12). This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves.”

Prompt 1 question
While Pope Francis was speaking to elected leaders when he made these remarks, he was reminding all leaders of our obligations to each other. How do leaders and decision makers in any organization keep the Golden Rule in mind while striving for distinction and success?

Ø   Prompt 2

Speaking about education, Dr. Martin Luther King once said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.’’

Prompt 2 question
Critical thinking is a central goal of Jesuit education, and at LMU you’ll be asked to think critically and intensively in every class. Dr. King suggests that critical thinking results in our ability to inform intelligence with character, and strengthen character with intelligence. Please talk about a situation that demanded critical thinking from you, and how your choices or decisions integrated intelligence and character.

Ø   Prompt 3
A motto often associated with Jesuit and Marymount schools is ‘‘Educating men and women for others.’’ Fr. Pedro Arrupe, the former head of the Jesuits, once said that ‘‘our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others, who believe that a love of self or of God which does not issue forth in justice for the least of their neighbors is a farce.’’ 

Prompt 3 question

What do you think Fr. Arrupe meant when he said this? Please give an example of someone you know, other than your teachers and parents, who works for justice for the least of their neighbors. 

Rank 64: Southern Methodist University (TX) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here.

Note: Max file size is 2000 KB; File will be converted to PDF upon upload.

l   Writing Questions

Ø   SMU appeals to students for a variety of reasons.  Briefly describe why you are interested in attending SMU and what specific factors have led you to apply.(250 word limit)

Ø   SMU is a diverse learning environment shaped by the convergence of ideas and cultures. How will your unique experiences or background enhance the University, and how will you benefit from this community? (250 word limit)

Rank 64: University of Connecticut (CT) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

If you would like to provide a copy of your resume, please attach one here.

Ø   My Computer

Ø   Google Drive

Note: Max file size is 2000 KB. File will be converted to PDF upon upload. Supported file types include .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt.

l   Writing

Why did you apply to each of the academic programs listed on your application? This personal statement should provide additional information not already referenced in your application.* Min: 1 / Max: 500

Rank 64: University of Maryland - College Park (MD) (Coalition Application)

l   Coalition Application Essay

l   Supplement

Complete this Sentence

At the University of Maryland, we encourage our students to go beyond the classroom to engage in opportunities that further both their academic and personal growth.

To tell us more about yourself, please complete the following sentences using only the space provided.

Ø   * If I could travel anywhere, I would go to... (Required) (Max.: 160 characters)

Ø   * The most interesting fact I ever learned from research was... (Required) (Max.: 160 characters)

Ø   * In addition to my major, my academic interests include... (Required) (Max.: 160 characters)

Ø   * My favorite thing about last Wednesday was... (Required) (Max.: 160 characters)

Ø   * Something you might not know about me is... (Required) (Max.: 160 characters)

Rank 64: University of Massachusetts - Amherst (MA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here.

l   UMass Custom Questions

Ø   Please tell us why you want to attend UMass Amherst? (Max: 100 words)

Ø   Please tell us why you chose the Majors you did? (Max: 100 words)

 

Rank 64: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

Ø   If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here.

Hint: File should be under 500 KB and one of these types: .pdf .doc .docx .rtf .txt.

Ø   Some applicants maintain an online presence that showcases their background, talents, or creativity. If you maintain such a site, please feel free to enter the URL.

l   Other Information

Worcester Polytechnic Institute seeks students who are the right fit for its academic and campus community. In what ways are you the right fit for the distinctive educational and campus experience that Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers?* (Words: Min: 5 / Max: 500)

Rank 70: Clemson University (SC) (Coalition Application)

l   Coalition Application Essay

l   Personal Statement (Optional)

In a short essay, include information that you believe will contribute to your success as a student and information that we may not be able to gather within your application. You may also include any information concerning individual educational objectives and career goals. (This section is optional).

l   Additional Information

Please list any additional information or comments that you wish to include that is not already listed or answered in your profile or on the application.

(Max. characters: 0/2000)

Rank 70: George Washington University (DC) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Question

Every applicant must choose from one of the following two essay prompts to submit.

Ø   Essay Prompt 1

At the George Washington University, our students frequently interact with policymakers and world leaders. These experiences and those of our alumni can shape the future of global affairs. If you had the power to change the course of history in your community or the world, what would you do and why? (Max: 250 words)

Ø   Essay Prompt 2
The George Washington University encourages students to think critically and to challenge the status quo. Thus, civil discourse is a key characteristic of our community. Describe a time when you engaged others in meaningful dialogue around an issue that was important to you. Did this exchange create change, new perspectives, or deeper relationships? (Max: 250 words)

Rank 70: Texas A&M University - College Station (TX) (Coalition Application)

l   Coalition Application Essay

Tell us your story. What unique opportunities or challenges have you experienced throughout your high school career that have shaped who you are today?

Average length is a page to a page and a half. Additional essays will not be reviewed.

Rank 70: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (MN) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Academic

Please include an explanation of why you would like to study the major(s) you have selected. You may also use this space to indicate your interest in other major(s) in the colleges listed above. (Maximum 150 words)

Rank 74: Fordham University (NY) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

Rank 74: Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activity

Provide a personal resume to highlight your activities within the club, competitions/conferences attended, awards earned, or leadership positions.

(Optional - can be submitted after you apply).

l   Accelerated Medicine program

Applicants who select the Accelerated Medicine program in the Academics section will be required to complete an additional writing question.

Please provide an essay of 500 words or less on why you want to go into the medical field. If the personal statement you submitted with your application addresses this topic, no additional essay is required. If that is the case, submit the phrase "Submitted with Common App Essay" to complete this writing requirement.* (Words: Min: 5 / Max: 500)

Rank 74: Virginia Tech (VA) (Coalition Application)

l   Coalition Application Essay

l   Short Answer Questions

For the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Application, each of the 'Ut Prosim Profile-Short Answer Questions' are required with a limit of 120 words in length (per essay).  NOTE: If you answered yes that you are interested in joining the Honors College, your application for admission will also be your application to the Virginia Tech Honors College. Therefore, any responses to the following questions will be shared with the Honors College.

Please Note: Once you submit your application, your responses to the Ut Prosim Profile-Short Answer Questions are final and cannot be updated.

Ø   Essay Question 1

Virginia Tech’s motto is "Ut Prosim" which means 'That I May Serve'.  We are interested in learning more about your interests and how you have been involved and/or served. Briefly describe a group, organization, or community that you have been involved with. Is this a special area of interest for you, and why? How long have you been involved? What role did you play? What contributions have you made to this group? Were you able influence others and/or influence decisions for the good of the group?

Ø   Essay Question 2

Describe a situation where you were involved or witness to an act of discrimination. How, or did, you respond? Do you wish you would have responded differently? Did this situation cause any change to happen based on this event and did you have a role in that change? What did you learn from this experience?

Ø   Essay Question 3

Describe an example of a situation where you have significantly influenced others, took on a leadership role, helped resolve a dispute, or contributed to a group’s goals. What was your role, what responsibilities did you take on? Did you encounter any obstacles, and if so how did you respond, were you able to overcome them? What would you do differently?

Ø   Essay Question 4

Briefly describe a personal goal you have set for yourself. Why this goal, what is your timeline to achieve this goal, what precipitated this goal? Have you turned to anyone for advice or help, what was their role, what did you learn about yourself, are you still working toward this goal?

Rank 77: American University (DC) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

Why are you interested in American University? Words entered: Min: 1 / Max: 150

Rank 77: Brigham Young University - Provo (UT)

l   Activities

Thoughtfully consider the extracurricular activities you have been involved in and select two to write about. Enter your first activity below and the second activity on the following page.

Ø   Activity 1

Select an activity you would like to write about:

ü   Please provide a short description of the specific activity: 0 of 300 characters

ü   How long have you participated in this activity?

ü   Why did you choose to participate in this activity? How have you benefited from your participation? 0 of 1500 characters

Ø   Activity 2

Select an activity you would like to write about:

ü   Please provide a short description of the specific activity: 0 of 300 characters

ü   How long have you participated in this activity?

ü   Why did you choose to participate in this activity? How have you benefited from your participation? 0 of 1500 characters

l   Essays

Ø   Describe a topic, idea, or experience that you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. What have you done to learn more or engage further in the topic, idea or experience? What resources do you use to learn more? 0 of 2000 characters

Ø   Have you become aware of significant needs in your family, school, and/or community? Please explain how you have worked toward meeting those needs. 0 of 2000 characters

Ø   Briefly describe a time that your efforts have fallen short, a goal was not accomplished, or an aspiration was not achieved. 0 of 500 characters

Ø   What steps did you take to recover from this defeat? What resources did you use? How and why are you different today? 0 of 2000 characters

Ø   We strive to create a rich and varied educational environment through admitting students with a wide range of:

ü   Goals

ü   Interests

ü   Skills and talents

ü   Life experiences

ü   Perspectives

ü   Cultures

Tell us your story. What will you contribute to our university community? Be specific. 0 of 2000 characters

Rank 79: Baylor University (TX) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Resume (Optional)

If you wish to submit your résumé, you may upload it here.

l   Essays

What are you looking for in a university, why do you want to attend Baylor, and how do you see yourself contributing to the Baylor community? (Max: 750 words)

Rank 79: State University of New York - Binghamton (NY) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Activities

Some applicants maintain an online presence that showcases their background, talents, or creativity. If you maintain such a site, please feel free to enter the URL

l   College Questions (Two Optional Questions)

Depending on your answers to some questions, you will be required to complete a writing question.

Ø   Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (250 Words)

Ø   If you wish to submit your resume, you may upload it here.

Note: Max file size is 500 KB; File will be converted to PDF upon upload.

Ø   Some applicants maintain an online presence on sites like ZeeMee that showcase their background, talents, or creativity. If you maintain such a site, please feel free to enter the URL here

Rank 79: Gonzaga University (WA) (Common Application)

l   Common Application Essays

l   Writing Supplement

Please choose one of