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Yes, you read that right! The Common Application has announced the essay prompts for the 2018-19 college admissions season just over six months before students will actually be able to start applying to colleges in early August.
And the prompts are (drumroll, please)…exactly the same as last year’s! This is awesome news for students who have already started brainstorming using the 2017-18 essay prompts. It’s also just great news in general, because last year the Common App updated their existing five prompts and added two more which had us jumping for joy!! (We love options.)
Here is Common App’s announcement in full:
“The Common Application has announced that the 2018-2019 personal essay writing prompts will be the same as the seven 2017-2018 essay prompts. By conducting a review process every other year, rather than annually, we can hear from admissions officers, as well as applicants, parents, and counselors, about the effectiveness of the essay prompts.
With the announcement of the essay prompts and the ability for applicants to roll over their Common App account each year, counselors can introduce their juniors to the Common App now to help them start thinking about the application process. For more information, go to Common App Ready, a series of ready-to-use resources, presentations, training videos, and handouts covering everything from account creation through submission. Last year, we expanded this free tool with Spanish language translations.”
So what does this mean? It means you can start brainstorming now for your college essay (if you haven’t already)! Read through breakdowns of each prompt in our handy dandy Common App Essay Prompt Guide and familiarize yourself with the questions you will be responding to in order to get those creative juices flowing. Pull out your journal and start writing down any ideas that come to mind. You may not be ready to pen your (brilliant!) essay just yet, but when school lets out for the summer and the pressure to get that essay under your belt becomes all too real, you’ll thank yourself if you’ve already been collecting stories that may help admissions understand who you are and what makes you tick.