Millions of high school seniors around the country are busy penning college admissions essays based on prompts like the thought-provoking ones below, which we pulled from this year’s applications. (In many cases, the prompts below are one of a few options given by the colleges.)
What would you write?
“Pick one woman in history or fiction to converse with for an hour and explain your choice. What would you talk about?”
The Common Application is a universal form used by more than 500 American colleges.
“Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?”
“What [would you] want your future college roommate to know about you?
“What does freedom mean to you?”
Rhode Island School of Design
“Is there something you love, have to do, can’t stop thinking about? Write about a personal passion or obsession other than visual art or design.”
Texas A&M University
“Describe a circumstance, obstacle or conflict in your life, and the skills and resources you used to resolve it. Did it change you? If so, how?”
United States Naval Academy
“Describe a personal experience you have had which you feel has contributed to your own character development and integrity.”
West Point (United States Military Academy)
“Why will you be successful in working with leaders, peers, and subordinates of a gender, color, ethnicity, and/or religion different from your own?”