2021-2022 Common Application Essay Prompts

The 2021-2022 Common Application essay prompts have been released and we’ve got them for our readers. The headline? The essay prompts will remain the same, with one exception. The following essay prompt, which was the least selected by college applicants among last year’s seven options, is no more: “Describe a … 

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Red Flags in College Essays

Today, we thought we’d share with our readers some verbiage that college applicants so often include in their college essays — or elsewhere in their applications — that significantly hurts their chances of admission to highly selective universities. In our experience, these students don’t realize these words will essentially ding … 

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The Why College Essay Is a Date

It’s a question on so many elite college application supplements: “Why do you wish to go here?” Sometimes the question is longwinded. Sometimes the question is just two words. But no matter how it’s phrased, make no mistake, the school is trying to gauge if the applicant has actually done … 

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The Covid Admissions Essay

Are you a high school senior who isn’t sure if you should complete the optional COVID-19 essay on this year’s Common Application? If you didn’t already know about this prompt, which was added to the Common App. this admissions cycle, it reads: “Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters … 

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Avoid Writing About the Pandemic in College Essays

Were you considering writing about the COVID-19 pandemic in your Personal Statement or in supplemental essays? If so, you’re on the wrong path. You see, admissions officers at our nation’s elite universities have to sift through thousands of applications to find the gems. Thus writing about a topic that so … 

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University of Pennsylvania 2020-2021 Admissions Essays

Prior to the 2019-2020 admissions cycle, the University of Pennsylvania asked applicants to complete only one supplemental essay prompt in 400-650 words: “How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying … 

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2020-2021 Common Application Essay Prompts

The Common Application has released the essay prompts for the 2020-2021 college admissions cycle. Drumroll please. So what will be the prompts for current juniors come the time they apply to college in November and December of 2020? Wonder no more — we know it’s been keeping our readers up … 

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Privileged Information in College Essays

Each and every year, we work with a batch of students and parents navigating the highly selective college admissions process. And while we of course care deeply about our students, it’s our parents who are ultimately our clients. This, at times, can leave us in an unenviable position — notably … 

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University of Chicago 2019-2020 Essay Prompts

The University of Chicago is known for its quirky admissions essays. Each year, admissions officers at the University of Chicago ask applicants to respond to some truly wacky questions — and we love that! In a sea of so many colleges asking applicants to respond to the same few questions, … 

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Northwestern University 2019-2020 Admissions Essay

Northwestern University has released its supplemental essay for the 2019-2020 admissions cycle. And if you’re wondering how many supplemental essays you’ll have to answer, the answer is…one. Just like last year, Northwestern asks students to respond to one supplemental essay in 300 words. So what question is it? Why is … 

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