There are 93 universities across America that have declared their membership with the Coalition for Access & Affordability. Of the 93 colleges that have subscribed to The Coalition’s application, about 40 might be offering this application this year (remember our post from back in April in which we wrote about the Coalition’s “deferral“?). But for the schools that will be using this application this year, we’ve got the 2016-2017 essay prompts for our readers.
So what are they? Drum roll please…”(1) Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it; (2) Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution; (3) Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs; (4) What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you); (5) Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.”
So the fifth prompt allows applicants to write whatever it is they want. And, heck, the first prompt allows applicants the same liberty since that question too essentially reads write whatever it is you want. If you’ll recall, there used to be a question on the Common Application to write a topic of the student’s choice. While the Common Application did away with this question, there is still a Common Application essay prompt that essentially instructs students to write whatever it is they want. Do our readers know which prompt this is? Weigh in by posting a Comment below and we’ll be sure to write back.