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July 8, 2021

Yale University 2021-2022 Essay Prompts

Yale has released its essay prompts for applicants to its Class of 2026 (photo credit: Nick Allen).

Yale University has released its 2021-2022 essay prompts. What does this mean? It means that applicants to the Class of 2026 can get cracking on their applications. And what kind of essay questions has the New Haven, Connecticut-based institution asks students to respond to this year? Well, rather unsurprisingly, the questions aren’t all that different from the questions for applicants to last year’s incoming class (there are, in fact, a couple of changes). So what are the Yale essay prompts for this coming admissions cycle? Wonder no more!

In 35 words or less, applicants are asked to respond to the following prompts: (1) “What inspires you?” / (2) “Yale’s residential colleges regularly host conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What would you ask them to discuss?” / (3) “You are teaching a new Yale course. What is it called?” / (4) “Yale students embrace the concept of ’and’ rather than ’or,’ pursuing arts and sciences, tradition and innovation, defined goals and surprising detours. What is an example of an ’and’ that you embrace?

After the short answers, applicants to the Class of 2026 are asked to respond to both of the following two prompts in 250 words or less: (1) “Yale’s extensive course offerings and vibrant conversations beyond the classroom encourage students to follow their developing intellectual interests wherever they lead. Tell us about your engagement with a topic or idea that excites you. Why are you drawn to it?” / (2) Respond to one of the following prompts: 2A. Reflect on a community to which you feel connected. Why is it meaningful to you?  You may define community however you like. 2B. Reflect on something that has given you great satisfaction. Why has it been important to you?”

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