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College of Mount Saint Vincent 2023-24 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

Early Action: Nov 15

College of Mount Saint Vincent 2023-24 Application Essay Question Explanation

The Requirements: One essay of 250 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why

Referring to your past experiences, why are you interested in College of Mount Saint Vincent? This personal statement gives us the opportunity to get to know you beyond your transcript. (250 words)

If you’ve looked at any other supplements before this one, you have probably already seen some version of this question: why here? In almost every case, the objective is the same and threefold: (1) You need to demonstrate a solid knowledge of what the school has to offer, (2) you should leverage that knowledge to clearly demonstrate your interest in the school, and (3) you should connect your past experiences to the ones you hope to have in the future at College of Mount Saint Vincent, in this case. So, start by researching CMSV (and yes, you will need to do this for every Why Essay), directing your attention to the departments, majors, and other opportunities that interest you. What do you want to learn? Read about professors and notable alumni in your field—is there any research going on or awards that interest you? Pick out classes to take and clubs to join, visualizing yourself there. Then connect your interests to experiences you’ve already had to demonstrate fit. For example, if you’re excited about a certain major, have you already taken classes or joined clubs related to that academic area? Your short answer should reveal something important about who you are and what you value about CMSV.

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State: New York
Acceptance Rate: 91%
Undergrad Population: 2,259
Tuition: $42,900
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