Common Application and Supplemental Essays - College Confidential

Aside from grades, standardized test scores, and your high school courses, one of the most important elements of the college application is the essay. While the Common Application and the Universal Application each have a required essay, many colleges include their own school-specific essays, known as .

The 2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts and Strategies
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The guidelines for the current Common Application state that essays should fall between 250 and 650 words. Not all college counselors agree with me, but I'm of the opinion that a tight and compelling 600 word essay can help your application more than a similarly well written 300 word essay. Colleges that ask for essays have . In other words, they want to get you as a person, not as a simple empirical matrix of grade and test score data. You'll be able to paint a much more detailed portrait of yourself if you opt for the longer end of the length range. Alexander's essay comes in at 612 words, and the essay isn't wordy, fluffy, or repetitive. .


Writing the Common Application Essay and What to Avoid.

Below are some of the Common Application supplemental essays and school-specific essay prompts that are currently available.
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Common Application Essay Choice 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.