The Ivy Coach Daily

June 27, 2022

Emory University 2022-2023 Essay Prompts

Emory’s essays for this coming year’s applicants have been released.

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 released its 2022-2023 essay prompts for applicants to the Class of 2027. In all, applicants to Emory’s next class will be asked with responding to two prompts on their individual supplement (in addition to The Common Application’s prompts). So what are this year’s essay prompts for applicants to Emory, you ask? Wonder no more as we’ve got them for our readers!

The Emory Class of 2027 Essay Prompts

They’re the same as last year’s prompts for the Class of 2026. The first prompt reads, “What academic areas are you interested in exploring in college?” Applicants have up to 200 words to respond to this question. For the second prompt, applicants to Emory have the choice of selecting one prompt from five distinct options. These options read as follows: “(1) Reflect on a personal experience where you intentionally expanded your cultural awareness. (2) When was the last time you questioned something you had thought to be true? (3) If you could witness a historic event (past, present or future) first-hand, what would it be, and why? (4) Share a time when you were awestruck. (5) Which book, character, song, monologue, or piece of work (fiction or non-fiction) seems made for you? Why?”

How to Approach the Emory Class of 2027 Essay Prompts

So how should applicants to Emory’s Class of 2027 approach these prompts? Well, keep in mind that Emory — and all highly selective universities — are seeking to admit the same kind of student: the singularly talented student, the student who is going to change the world in one super specific way. So when applicants are asked what areas they’re interested in exploring, they shouldn’t be super all over the place. They should have a definitive idea of what they want to study (even if that idea changes once they get to college). Applicants should then show — rather than tell — how they hope to explore this discipline. Now, it’s ok to go in depth about two complementary disciplines but, in our experience, once an applicant writes about more than two disciplines in only a short 200-word essay, that applicant will come across as all over the place…whether they intended to do so or not. As for the second prompt, it’s yet another opportunity to showcase intellectual curiosity. Whether an applicant selects a historic figure or a character in a book, it’s a window into the applicant’s thirst for learning. Applicants would be wise not to waste the opportunity.

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