For the application cycle, the Common Application essay prompts remain unchanged from the cycle. With the inclusion of the popular "Topic of Your Choice" option, you have the opportunity to write about anything you want to share with the folks in the admissions office. The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application. The essay length limit stands at words the minimum is words , and students will need to choose from the seven options below. The essay prompts are designed to encourage reflection and introspection. The best essays focus on self-analysis, rather than spending a disproportionate amount of time merely describing a place or event.
As part of our commitment to making sure the essay prompts continue to serve students and Common App member colleges well, we invited feedback through a survey. Over the course of three weeks in December, over 10, people--two-thirds of them students--shared their thoughts. Opinions about individual prompts are as diverse as the people who write and read the essays they inspire. Aside from the agreement about general effectiveness, there was only one other area of consensus: people value the prompt inviting students to share a story about a meaningful background, identity, interest, or talent. And the rest?
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Important: This is not meant to scare you into feeling like you have to put something in the Additional Info section. It is only supporting information. You do not have to include anything there. But students are often baffled by what to do with this section. So here goes:.