What are the Tufts 2017-2018 admissions essays, you ask? Wonder no longer because we’ve got the Tufts University essay prompts for the 2017-2018 college admissions cycle so that our readers don’t have to lay awake in bed late at night any longer wonder what they’ll be. Thank the heavens.
Tufts’ essay questions for this coming undergraduate admissions cycle, as available on Tufts’ admissions website, precisely read as follows:
- Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” (50–100 words)
- There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised – your family, home, neighborhood, or community – and how it influenced the person you are today. (200–250 words)
- Now we’d like to know a little bit more about you. Please respond to one of the following six questions (200-250 words). Students applying to the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering should select from prompts A-E. Students applying to the SMFA at Tufts’ BFA program or the Five-Year BFA + BA/BS Combined Degree program must answer prompt F:A) It’s cool to be smart. Tell us about the subjects or ideas that excite your intellectual curiosity.B) In a time when we’re always plugged in (and sometimes tuned out), tell us about a time when you listened, truly listened, to a person or a cause. How did that moment change you?
C) Celebrate the role of sports in your life.
D) Whether you’ve built blanket forts or circuit boards, produced community theater or mixed media art installations, tell us: what have you invented, engineered, created, or designed? Or what do you hope to?
E) What makes you happy? Why?
F) Artist Bruce Nauman once said: “One of the factors that still keeps me in the studio is that every so often I have to more or less start all over.” Everyone deals with failure differently; for most artists failure is an opportunity to start something new. Tell us about a time when you have failed and how that has influenced your art practice.
So if Tufts asks applicants to write between 200 and 250 words, how many words do we suggest students write? That’s easy. 250 words. Use all of the real estate every college affords you as an applicant to make your case, to try to sway admissions officers to root for you. Don’t do the bare minimum. Show each school you love them, that you’d go to this particular school — be it Tufts or whichever school to which you’re applying — above all other schools. Remember the “HBO” show “Tell Me You Love Me”? Show each school you love them. They’re insecure like that. They want to see your love.
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