2015-16 Common Application Essay Prompts

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  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea.  What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

You will have to respond to one of the five prompts with up to 650 words in length. 

Source: The Common Application

Janice Kirn-Sottilaro Points0
I like #4 - I think it allows for a student to really show their level of analysis when trying to find or design, a solution to a problem. But, that's me. Students need to select the question they would be most comfortable with and remember, stick to the word limit or they will cut your essay off mid-stream, so to speak. Good Luck!

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