Common Application Essays

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Evidence of personal development in application essays is key to getting admitted to a great school. The Common App essay is your primary writing sample that will truly make your college application stand out. Accepted by over 900 schools, admissions officers will read your Common App essay to gain a deeper understanding of your character, background and value as a potential student. 


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Common Application Essay Prompts

Here are some tips for writing a great essay based on the 7 Common App prompts.

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.

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?

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

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?

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

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?

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.



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Our essay vault contains 100+ real Common Application essay examples that got students admitted to the top 50 schools. With examples from global affairs to fitness and everything in between, our essay examples provide a quick and easy baseline for storytelling and writing expectations.