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August 8, 2021

Stanford University 2021-2022 Essay Prompts

Stanford didn’t change up its admissions essays this year (photo credit: King of Hearts).

Stanford University has released its 2021-2022 essay prompts for applicants to the Class of 2026. Traditionally, Stanford has one of the longer college supplements, asking students a host of essay prompts — and this year is no different. Applicants to Stanford’s Class of 2026 are asked to respond to five 50-word essays and three 250-word essays. While the essays aren’t as long as, say, the University of Chicago, eight essay prompts is quite a bit however short some of them might be. So what sorts of questions is the Stanford admissions committee asking applicants this year? Wonder no more! They are the same essay prompts as for the Class of 2025.

The 50-worders read: “What is the most significant challenge that society faces today?” “How did you spend your last two summers?” “What historical moment or event do you wish you could have witnessed?” “Briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities, a job you hold, or responsibilities you have for your family.” And “Name one thing you are looking forward to experiencing at Stanford.” The 250-worders read: “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.” “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 – get to know you better.” And “Tell us about something that is meaningful to you and why.”

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