Dartmouth College has released its admissions essay prompts for the 2018-2019 cycle. The first prompt, which should be 100 words, is essentially a Why Dartmouth essay. So it is the task of an applicant to cite lots of specifics about the school in this relatively small amount of real estate. Applicants have the option of choosing one of six prompts for the second essay, which should be 300 words — because, yes, students should always use all of the real estate available to them to make their case. So when a school says an essay should be 250-300 words, do write 300 words! Not 308 words. And not 250 words. You get the idea? Anyhow, Dartmouth’s batch of prompts for the second essay is, as per usual, wonderfully weird. We love when schools offer wonderfully weird essay prompts!
Dartmouth College 2018-2019 Essay Prompts
This year’s Dartmouth essay prompts read as follows:
1. 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?
2. Please choose one of the following prompts and respond in 250-300 words:
A. “I have no special talent,” Albert Einstein once observed. “I am only passionately curious.” Celebrate your curiosity.
B. 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.
C. “You can’t use up creativity,” Maya Angelou mused. “The more you use, the more you have.” Share a creative moment or impulse—in any form—that inspired creativity in your life.
D. 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?
E. In The Bingo Palace, author Louise Erdrich, Class of 1976, writes, “…no one gets wise enough to really understand the heart of another, though it is the task of our life to try.” Discuss.
F. Emmy and Grammy winner Donald Glover is a 21st century Renaissance man—an actor, comedian, writer, director, producer, singer, songwriter, rapper, and DJ. And yet the versatile storyteller and performer recently told an interviewer, “The thing I imagine myself being in the future doesn’t exist yet.” Can you relate?
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