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College Supplemental Essay Prompt Directory

Does your school require supplemental essays? CEA's experts have collected all the 2018-19 school-specific essay requirements and prompts so you can manage your college essay writing time and plan in advance!

Wondering whether the schools you are applying to require supplemental essays in addition to the personal statement? You’ve come to the right place. Our College Essay Prompt Database includes the prompts and requirements for over 60 top schools in the country, along with links you to our fully fleshed out prompt guides for many of the schools that require essays in addition to the Common App and Coalition App personal statements. We encourage you to use our Database to collect all the prompts and word counts for your target schools and make a list or spreadsheet to keep track. College applications can be tedious, but there are steps you can take to minimize the stress surrounding them. You’ve already taken the first step by visiting our College Essay Prompt Database!

 

Please tell us why you chose to apply to Agnes Scott College? (50-100 words)

At Agnes Scott, we believe that leadership is more than position. Describe at least one quality of leadership that you have learned in high school either through direct experience or by observation of another leader? (5-50 words)

What global issue can you imagine yourself addressing during your time at Agnes Scott? (5-50 words)

If you are involved in community service, what project has been your favorite and why? (5-50 words)

If you could visit anywhere, where would you go and why?

What’s your favorite book you have read outside the classroom (not assigned reading) and why?

Are you interested in participating in: Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer? List and rank the sport(s) in order of priority. (30 words max)

Please indicate your current experience for your number one sport choice. (30 words max)

Think of a leader that you admire. How has this person influenced you? (5-100 words)

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (250 words max)

Discuss your reasons for pursuing the Academic Area of Interest selected above? (250 words max)

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences.

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences so that we can better understand your interests. (250 words max)

Topic 1: AJU is committed to equipping students to realize their leadership potential and promote positive change in the world as ethical leaders, yet ‘leadership’ has many meanings and interpretations. In your essay, please address (1) What does ‘leadership’ mean to you personally? (2) How have you demonstrated leadership in your academic and personal life thus far? and (3) How do you feel you can contribute to the AJU community through your leadership capacity?
Topic 2: Tikkun Olam (heal the world) is a key element of the AJU experience. Describe a significant experience in which you performed a mitzvah (a worthy deed)? What was your take-away from this experience?
Topic 3: AJU is a place for students to develop their personal identity and character. What attributes make you unique? How would such attributes add to the AJU community?
Tell us about any leadership positions you’ve held and/or community service you’ve performed; provide specific dates & details. (500 words max)
Have you participated in any clubs, sports, or enrichment programs (i.e. debate team, basketball, summer camps, youth groups, study abroad, etc)? If so, briefly describe your experience(s). (500 words max)
Expanding one’s horizon comes from exposure to different ideas, people, and ways of living. The American Jewish University (AJU) capitalizes on the vibrant culture and geography of greater Los Angeles to provide that very interaction. As a pluralistic liberal arts college, AJU provides an accessible and open environment for all expressions of Judaism and other cultures. At AJU, you become part of a closeknit community that students refer to as “family.” We are also a cooperative learning environment with an average class size of 12. With a 7:1 student to faculty ratio, students develop strong relationships with professors and fellow classmates. What is the most influential factor in your decision to apply to AJU? (500 words max)
What else would you like us to know about you that has not been addressed in this application? (500 words max)

All first-year students will participate in the American University Experience(AUx), a course specially designed for students transitioning into their first year of college at AU. AUx classes meet once per week as small, interactive and inclusive communities. The course provides a place for students to build academic skills for college success; learn about issues of privilege and bias; and explore their own personal identities. The course also models ways of communicating and living in a diverse society, particularly in reference to addressing divergent opinions on challenging topics. How do you personally define an inclusive environment? What do you believe contributes to a diverse and accepting community? (400 words or less)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Life is a collection of moments, some random, some significant. Right now, you are applying to Babson College. What moment led you here?

We invite you to submit your answer in either essay OR video format. If you choose to submit a video, please limit your response to a 1-minute video, which can be submitted via a shared link to YouTube or another video hosting website. (500 words maximum)

Why are you interested in Babson College (200 word maximum)?

Why Bard? (250 words)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Why are you interested in Becker College? (250 word max)

Discuss your reasons for pursuing your choice of major. (250 word max)

What else, if anything, would you wish the Admissions Committee to know about your candidacy? (500 words max)

Why are you interested in Benedictine College? (250 word max)

There’s no formal essay required. If you’d like to take this opportunity to impress us even more, please do! You can copy and paste an essay or story you have written or describe an achievement or an ability not reflected on this application. (500 word max)

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Please explain your interest in your first-choice major/undecided status and your second-choice major, should you opt to list one (250 words maximum).

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Indicate activities, offices held in secondary school and years of participation (sports, student government, publications, music, theatre, civic groups, etc.) (250 words max)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. 250 words

If there are any inconsistencies within your academic record that you would like to explain, please do so here (200 words maximum).

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Submitting a portfolio is optional.

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Why are you interested in Elizabethtown College? (800 words max)

Discuss your reason(s) for pursuing your intended major and pre-professional goals. (800 words max)

Why are you interested in Elms College? (250-500 words)

Discuss your reasons for pursuing your major(s), pre-professional program or Minor. (250-500 words)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

Why are you interested in Flagler College? (50-250 words)

Discuss your reasons for pursuing the selected academic program? (50-250 words)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

What was the most important factor in choosing to apply to George Fox University? (250 words max)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

In approximately 100 words, please describe what has motivated you to apply to Goucher College.

In ten words or fewer, if you could right one wrong, what would it be?

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

At Hawai’i Pacific University we know that knowledge is more easily grasped when you have a hands-on education. It brings new perspectives and viewpoints that are uniquely yours into focus. Explore the HPU website. What is one new perspective you now have about HPU that you didn’t before starting your application? (25 words max)

Why are you interested in Hawai’i Pacific University? (100 words max)

If you are NOT a resident of Hawai’i, have you visited Hawai’i or do you have relatives/friends that live in the state? Please leave blank if you are a resident of Hawai’i. (100 words max)

Please tell us why you selected this specific academic program and what other academic programs interest you. (Minimum of 10 words, max of 200 words)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

Education is a social good. At Knox, we believe that knowledge is meant to be shared, tested through experience, revised, and shared again. It is a communal tool, an endlessly renewable resource, a force for change. Who or what motivated you to explore Knox? Why are you compelled to join this human-powered community?
We believe that every experience is a kind of education. Everything you learn in the classroom gains value when you apply it. To ensure you have the opportunity to put your education to work, Knox offers every student a $2,000 Power of Experience Grant to use during their junior or senior year. Describe how you hope to use this grant and how those experiences will fit into your overall educational goals.

Why are you applying test-flexible to La Salle University?
Why do you wish to join the La Salle University Community?
What are your long-term plans either academically, personally or professionally?
Please tell the La Salle University Admissions Committee about your involvement and/or leadership roles in extracurricular activities. Which activities are you most proud of and why?

Students identify Lafayette as an excellent fit for countless reasons. In your response, be deliberate and specific about your motivation for applying to Lafayette.

Why Lafayette? (20-200 words)

There’s a difference between being busy and being engaged. Lafayette comes alive each day with the energy of students who are deeply engaged in their academic, co-curricular and extracurricular explorations. In response to the prompt below, keep it simple – choose one activity and add depth to our understanding of your involvement.

What do you do? Why do you do it? (20-200 words)

 

Please select one of the following prompts and respond with 250 to 300 words.

Lehigh values inclusive leadership, where students make decisions, take action, and contribute positively to their communities in ways that are purposeful, socially just, and built on integrity. What does this mean to you?

What about Lehigh piques your intellectual curiosity?

What does the idea of the “Lehigh Family” mean to you?

If you choose not to send SAT/ACT scores as part of your application, an additional teacher recommendation letter or a statement on the following topic is required: Loyola’s Jesuit tradition is a commitment to a liberal arts education and the spiritual ideals of the Society of Jesus, leading to development of the whole person. Loyola is dedicated to educating students who learn, lead and serve in a diverse and changing world. Please tell us why the Jesuit tradition at Loyola University Maryland is important to you. (250 words)

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (250 words)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Why do you think Marist is a good match for you? (250 word maximum.)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

No supplemental essays.

Nebraska Wesleyan is a community invested in the academic and personal growth of each student. How do you plan to contribute to and grow from the experiences you will receive as part of the NWU community? (50-150 words)

Nebraska Wesleyan is the ideal size university in the ideal city; Lincoln, NE (Great Plains’ greatest college town). How do you envision that winning combination helping you achieve your goals? (50-150 words)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Why do you want to attend North Park University, and why is it a good fit for you? (500 words)

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Should you choose to complete an optional essay, please select one of the following prompts and limit your response to 250-500 words.

“We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.” -St. Thomas Aquinas, Dominican Philosopher. Providence College students have always engaged in lively intellectual debates through disputatio – the art of disputed questions. At Providence, there is often not one correct answer, but rather many answers that come together to form one truth. In a divided society filled with strong opinions, how do you work to ensure all viewpoints are considered and the ultimate truth is discovered?

As Providence College educates future scholars and leaders, it continuously strives to form a community that reflects the rich diversity of the human family. Please highlight a specific example throughout your time in high school that has strengthened and promoted the flourishing of all.

Over the past 100 years, Providence College has undergone extensive changes while remaining consistently true to our founding ideals. As we enter our second century, how will you help continue the College’s momentum and what impact will you have on the next chapter in our history?

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

Please share your career goals in the space below (500 characters).

What factor(s) most influenced your decision to apply to Salve Regina University (50 words max).

Supplement 1 (Required): Sarah Lawrence’s unique, self-directed program attracts independent students who want to delve deeply into their intellectual and creative passions. What has led you to apply to Sarah Lawrence College? In a 250-500 word essay, tell us what you think makes the College and its distinctive educational structure a good fit. 

Supplement 2 (Recommended): Sarah Lawrence students write a lot. In turn, their professors provide them with tons of written feedback. If your teachers’ written comments mean more to you than the grades at the top of your papers, you’ll be in good company here. We would like to see one of your graded analytical papers from the last two years of school, complete with teacher comments. Choose one that you think reflects the way you’ve interacted and collaborated with your teachers to grow academically and intellectually.

Please respond to the following topic (in 250-500 words):

While Seattle Pacific does not require a profession of Christian faith for admission, Seattle Pacific’s Christian identity inspires our vision to Engage the Culture and Change the World. We encourage all students to live out SPU’s vision. It means that we pursue education not just to get a degree, but also to be changed – and to change the world – for the better. How does SPU’s vision align with your desires for college? How does your own faith perspective or personal story intersect with SPU’s vision?

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

Please share any activities, clubs, organizations or volunteer initiatives you have participated in. (250 words max)

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (250 words)

No supplemental essays.

No supplemental essays.

In 150 to 250 words, please write about why you are interested in applying to and attending Swarthmore.

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

As a vibrant community of learners dedicated to inclusive excellence, the students, faculty and staff at the University of Colorado Boulder seek to be open and respectful of contrasting beliefs and opinions. Every student has a unique life experience and a set of circumstances by which they are shaped and influenced. Your background may have been shaped by family history, cultural traditions, race, ethnicity, religion, politics, income, ideology, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Reflect on your unique background and tell us about a time when you had to relate to someone whose life experience was very different from your own. How did you approach the difference? If put in a similar situation again today, would you respond differently? If so, how? (250-650 words)

No supplemental essays.

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The college admissions process can create anxiety. In an attempt to make it less stressful, please tell us an interesting or amusing story about yourself from your high school years that you have not already shared in your application. (200-300 words)

Choose one of the following four and respond in 200-300 words:

UGA’s 2017 Commencement speaker Ernie Johnson (Class of ’79) told a story from his youth about what he refers to as blackberry moments. He has described these as “the sweet moments that are right there to be had but we’re just too focused on what we’re doing …, and we see things that are right there within our reach and we neglect them. Blackberry moments can be anything that makes somebody else’s day, that makes your day, that are just sweet moments that you always remember.” Tell us about one of your “blackberry moments” from the past five years.

Creativity is found in many forms including artistic avenues, intellectual pursuits, social interactions, innovative solutions, et cetera. Tell us how you express your creativity.

Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

Describe a problem, possibly related to your area of study, which you would like to solve. Explain its importance to you and what actions you would take to solve this issue.

*Updated for 2018-19

Program Choice Essay: Please provide an essay that explains why you chose your intended program of study. What interests you the most about this major? If Undecided, what areas of study do you look forward to studying in college? (50-500 words)

**Honors College Essay: In its mission statement, the UIC Honors College is described as a community of scholars whose goal is to enrich the education experience of undergraduates and allow the faculty and students of all disciplines to interact in teaching, learning and research. Please tell us “How can you contribute to the Honors College community?” What benefits do you expect in return? (400-500 words)**

Explain your interest in the major you selected and describe how you have recently explored or developed this interest inside and/or outside the classroom. You may also explain how this major relates to your future career goals. If you’re applying to the Division of General Studies, explain your academic interests and strengths or your future career goals. You may include any majors or areas of study you’re currently considering. Limit your response to 300 to 400 words.

If you select a second-choice major other than the Division of General Studies on your application, write a second essay explaining your interest in this major, too. Again, limit your response to 300 to 400 words.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

The University of St. Thomas is committed to living out its mission to “educate morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.” What does this mission mean to you and how might it shape your actions as a future leader? (650 words max)

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

What is your top reason for applying to the University of Wyoming? (250 words max)

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below. (Limit 350 words)

How did you learn about Vassar and what aspect of our college do you find appealing? (Limit 350 words)

You are welcome to submit a photograph of yourself to personalize your application.

If you wish to provide details of circumstances not reflected in the application, please upload a file here. Similarly, if you wish to upload your resume, include it here.

Your Space is your opportunity to allow the Committee on Admission to learn something about you that you have not addressed in another section of the application. Your Space is entirely optional. If you choose to include a Your Space submission, be sure it is labeled with your name, high school, and date of birth. Due to the volume of submissions, we will be unable to return your work. Please do not send anything that is irreplaceable.

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

The prompts are in our Supplemental Essay Guide!

No supplemental essays.

No supplemental essays.

The prompts are in our 2018-19 Supplemental Essay Guide!

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*We are updating all of these supplemental essay requirements for the 2018-19 season as quickly as we possibly can! Please cross-reference these prompts with the ones listed on your school’s site before getting started on your essays.

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