Columbia University 2022-2023 Essay Prompts

Columbia University has released its essay prompts for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle. So what questions will applicants to the Columbia Class of 2027 be asked to answer? This year’s prompts are quite similar to last year’s prompts, reflecting a change the school made last year when it reduced the word … 

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Duke University 2022-2023 Essay Prompts

Hoping to be a Blue Devil next year as a member of the Duke University Class of 2027? Duke has released its essay prompts for the 2022-2023 admissions cycle. So what questions will applicants to Duke’s Class of 2027 be asked to answer this year? While the verbiage of the … 

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College Essays Are Opportunities

Frustrated by the University of Chicago essay prompts because they’re just so wacky? Not sure what to include as an image in The Box on the Rice University supplement? Struggling with how to respond to Wake Forest University’s top ten list question? If so, know that you’re not alone. But … 

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Cliché College Essay Topics

Thinking about writing one of your college essays set in the world of sports? Maybe you worked really hard to swim a best time in your most important event, the 100-yard breaststroke, and, while you never broke 1:01, you learned valuable life lessons along the way? Or maybe you got … 

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Vanderbilt University 2022-2023 Essay Prompts

Vanderbilt University has released its 2022-2023 essay prompt for applicants to the Class of 2027. If you happen to be wondering if Vanderbilt changed the essay prompt, the answer is yes — albeit only slightly. Last year, as our readers may remember, Vanderbilt’s admissions office asked applicants, “Please briefly elaborate … 

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UPenn 2022-2023 First Essay Unlikely to Stick

We recently posted the 2022-2023 admissions essays for the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 2027. In a change of pace from the last few years, this year, UPenn’s admissions office has asked to respond to three essay prompts. For each prompt, applicants are asked to write between 150-200 words. And … 

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How to Approach a Why College Essay Prompt

While most elite universities ask their own unique essay questions on their supplements to The Common Application, there is one essay prompt that tends to pop up time and again. No, it’s not how applicants would spend a free afternoon. Nor is it a day in the life of an … 

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Bad Advice on College Essays

Lots of folks love to dish out advice on college essays, particularly the Personal Statement. Yet more often than not, the advice runs counter to everything we know to be true about the highly selective college admissions process. Case in point? Jay Mathews, a longtime columnist for The Washington Post, … 

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2022-2023 University of Chicago Essays

The University of Chicago has published its 2022-2023 admissions essays. The school, which has long asked applicants to write extensive supplemental essays, has remained consistent for this upcoming admissions cycle for the Class of 2027 by asking applicants to answer two essay prompts. We’ve always recommended that applicants answer both … 

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Emory University 2022-2023 Essay Prompts

Emory University, a school that boldly claims on its website not to care about Demonstrated Interest but we would argue is actually the school that invented Demonstrated Interest (how ironic — and how ironic it is that Emory’s admissions office still checks students in for tours and information sessions!), has … 

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