Common Application Personal Essay - Tips and Samples - ThoughtCo

IT FINALLY HAPPENED. The return, not of the , not of the , not even of the , but of the topic of your choice. Feared by some, coveted by others, and legendary in its existence, regardless of where you stand on the issue, this is a newsworthy edition to the 2017-18 Common App prompt choices. For years, students have been treating Prompt #1 (which asks about your background, etc.) as Topic of Your Choice Light—it wasn’t exactly the delicious, full-freedom version students were looking for, but they were able to make it work in a pinch. Perhaps it was the Coalition Application’s inclusion of a topic of your choice in their (which will remain the same this year) that pressured the Common App to bring back the any-flavor-you-wish option to their application. Regardless of the reason, applicants around the world likely let out a big exhale when they saw they could serve up a big scoop of Prompt #7 to admissions this year.

2017-18 Common Application Essay Prompts: Tips, Samples

Instructions are provided for uploading your essay file within the Common Application.
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Great Common Application Essays - College Confidential

Beyond the Common Application essay, many colleges also have supplements that ask additional, university-specific questions which applicants must respond to with shorter-form essays. While topics vary from supplement to supplement, there are a few standard essay formats that many colleges use:

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This is the most common essay and is used for the main Common Application essay. In this essay, the applicant talks about a meaningful life experience that helped shape who she is today. The book has a great section on the personal statement and how students can craft effective essays.

Find help on choosing from the seven prompts for The Common Application, and crafting a “slice-of-life” essay that helps you stand out.
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The 2016-17 Common Application platform went live last week, and in the ensuing weeks you will undoubtedly read a lot about the ’s personal essay. You will read about essays that worked and didn’t work. You will read about what each prompt means, which prompts are better than others, and what admissions officers are looking for in these 650-word representations of each applicant. The one thing you won’t read is that .The essay is both the most and the least visible part of the competitive . Everyone knows that the essay is critical, but few actually get to see what “successful” essays look like. Some online resources, like , post examples of college application essays, but they often lack the necessary context for a reader to truly assess how accurately that essay conveys a student’s personality and interests.

How to Write the Common App Essays 2017-2018

You can revise and save your application (including your essay) as many times as you like. Once you have sent a Common Application to your first college, you may create different versions of it for other colleges.

Essays That Worked (Class of 2020) | JHU

The Common Application just released its 2017-2018 essay prompts. Rather than five, there are now seven prompts. The new prompts deal with imagination, fascination, and freedom of choice. They also revised three of the current prompts to push for more expression and kept two alone. Below we provide The Common App introduction and then the prompts with no change, revised, or new after each prompt. We post the 2016-2017 prompts below the new ones.

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These prompts are designed to elicit information that will strengthen the other components of the application. "We want to make sure that every applicant can find a home within the essay prompts, and that they can use the prompts as a starting point to write an essay that is authentic and distinguishing," said Scott Anderson, former school counselor and current Senior Director for Programs and Partnerships for The Common Application.