• College Essay Prompts

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    College Application Essay Prompts

    Whether you are applying to a Texas college or university or a U.S. college or university, you will have to write a couple essays. It is a good idea to begin working on your essays at the end of your junior year in high school. Keep and electronic copy of your essays on hand so you can cut and paste them into your applications.


    Texas Common Application Essay Topics


    TOPIC A Write an essay in which you tell us about someone who has made an impact on your life and explain how and why this person is important to you.

    TOPIC B Choose an issue of importance to you — the issue could be personal, school related, local, political, or international in scope — and write an essay in which you explain the significance of that issue to yourself, your family, your community, or your generation. Optional but highly recommended!


    TOPIC C There may be personal information that you want considered as part of your admissions application. Write an essay describing that information. You might include exceptional hardships, challenges, or opportunities that have shaped or impacted your abilities or academic credentials, personal responsibilities, exceptional achievements or talents, educational goals, or ways in which you might contribute to an institution committed to creating a diverse learning environment.

    Common Application Essays - Out of State and Private Universities

    OPTION 1 Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. Note the key word is evaluate.

    OPTION 2 Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.


    Make sure you write about the importance of the issue to "you".


    OPTION 3 Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence. Do a solid job of analyzing why this person has had this effect on you.


    OPTION 4 Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence. Do a solid job of analyzing why the piece has an impact on you.

    OPTION 5 A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.

    How will you be a contributor to the college or university?

    OPTION 6 Topic of your choice.
    Do not use this as an opportunity to get on your soapbox. If you have something unique about you that was not covered in the other prompts then take this as the opportunity to tell the university. Always put your best foot forward.