Guide to the 2017-18 Common Application Essay Prompts

Here’s the single best piece of essay writing advice to help you stand out and improve your chances of admission to your dream school: Before you start writing the Common App essay (or any other personal statement), ask yourself this question: What do I want colleges to know about me that is not apparent from the rest of my application package?

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May 15, 2017 - ​The Common Application includes five options for essay questions
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2016-17 Common Application Essay Prompts: A Guide

Many college applicants will be uncomfortable with this question. After all, a college application should highlight your strengths and accomplishments, not draw attention to your failures and setbacks. But before you shy away from this essay option, consider these points:

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For each college that you apply to via the Common Application, you’re going to need to create a supplemental essay that answers that school’s specific questions while showcasing your talents and telling your story in a way that demonstrates your unique fit for that particular program. Please explore the tips below to learn how to compose a Common Application supplemental essay that clearly indicates why your chosen school is perfect for you…and why you are perfect for it as well.

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What are the 2016-2017 Common Application essay prompts?

The essay prompts for the Common Application and the Coalition Application as well as the Stanford essay questions are listed here. The Stanford essay questions are located in the Stanford Questions section of the Common Application and in the Stanford Application Questions section of the Coalition Application.

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Remember, your essays help round out the picture of who you are, what is important to you, and why. They also provide insight into the sort of student you might be in college. This year, there are some subtle changes to the previous prompts from 2016/2017 that serve to expand and clarify the questions. In addition, two new essay options were created to allow more opportunities for you to express your character, community, identity, and aspirations. Regardless of , it is essential to give yourself time to think about the information you are conveying and what it reveals about you. It is also important to invest the energy to revise your responses. Although it may feel time consuming, each rendition of your essay should work to clarify your intentions while projecting something meaningful about yourself. Your goal is to tell the admission committees something that is not already conveyed elsewhere in your application and .

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We at College Essay Advisors love these tried and true essay questions, which are exactly the same as the ones on last year’s list. These prompts are, as always, open to creative interpretation, allowing room for personal expression while also delineating some helpful guidelines for students to follow. While it is true that the Common Application essay prompts are quite flexible, it is still helpful to know just what admissions will be looking for when they read personal statements in each of these categories.