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Common App Prompts Are Up!

The Common App just released its prompts for the fall 2021 application season. The big news is that there is a NEW prompt! Finally! Here are all of the prompts, with the new one in BOLD:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

  4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

The college essay is an OPPORTUNITY for you to tell people who don't know you WHO YOU ARE. What do you value? What are your interests? What makes you unique? Essays can't be more than 650 words (but they need to be at least 250), so you'll need to write concisely and descriptively.

I suggest that you juniors read through the prompts and start mulling over which one speaks to you. You have plenty of time to think this over. Sometimes the best thoughts come to us when we're least expecting it!

We all have an interesting story. Start thinking about yours!

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