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August 3, 2018

2018-2019 Stanford Supplemental Admissions Essays

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The 2018-2019 Stanford supplemental admissions essays are out (photo credit: Jawed Karim).

No conversation about highly selective universities with the most supplemental essay prompts would be complete without a mention of Stanford University. Stanford has historically not been shy about requiring applicants to answer a host of admissions essay prompts. This year is no different. In fact, Stanford asks this year’s applicants to Stanford to respond to 7 short questions (each with 50 word limits) and 3 short essays (each with 250 word limits). As regular readers of our college admissions blog know all too well, applicants should always use all of the real estate available to them in order to most effectively make their case.

2018-2019 Stanford Essays

Here are the 2018-2019 admissions essays for Stanford. All of these prompts are visible on the Common Application and the Coalition Application as both are now live.

Short Questions:

  1. What is the most significant challenge that society faces today? (50 word limit)
  2. How did you spend your last two summers? (50 word limit)
  3. What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed? (50 word limit)
  4. What five words best describe you? (50 word limit)
  5. When the choice is yours, what do you read, listen to, or watch? (50 word limit)
  6. Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford. (50 word limit)
  7. Imagine you had an extra hour in the day — how would you spend that time? (50 word limit)

Short Essays:

  1. 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 words)
  2. 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 words)
  3. Tell us something that is meaningful to you and why. (100 to 250 words)

Ivy Coach salutes Stanford University for requiring applicants to answer a number of prompts in order to express who they are and what makes them tick. Have a question about the Stanford essays? Let us know your question by posting it below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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