College Application Essays Examples

For the 2019-20 application cycle, the Common Application essay prompts remain unchanged from the 2018-19 cycle.

With the inclusion of the popular "Topic of Your Choice" option, you have the opportunity to write about anything you want to share with the folks in the admissions office.

The current prompts are the result of much discussion and debate from the member institutions who use the Common Application.

The essay length limit stands at 650 words (the minimum is 250 words), and students will need to choose from the seven options below.

Don’t rely on spell check alone to catch all of your mistakes, either.

We had one applicant that said, “I speak tree languages.” (Really? ) As you can see, sometimes things are spelled correctly but just don’t make sense in the context of your application essay.

Don’t tell us how much you want to attend XYZ University when you are submitting the essay to The College of ABC.

Remember, in the grand scheme of the college admissions process, the application essay is a unique opportunity — and an opportunity to be unique.

The best essays focus on self-analysis, rather than spending a disproportionate amount of time merely describing a place or event.

Analysis, not description, will reveal the critical thinking skills that are the hallmark of a promising college student.

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