No changes were made to question 1 and for good reason. In the 2015-16 application cycle, over 45% of Common Application users selected this question—the most popular essay option by a landslide. For many students, this essay is the perfect “catch-all” prompt; if you’re writing about something personal and important, chances are this prompt will work for you.
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All applicants who complete the Coalition Application will choose to respond to one of the following five essay prompts. The personal essay length is capped at 650 words.
2017-18 Common Application Essay Prompts: Tips, Samples
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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 .