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George Mason University 2019-20 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

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George Mason University 2019-20 Application Essay Question Explanations

The Requirements: 1 essay of 250 words.

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why

Why do YOU want to go to college? We know it is an excellent path to a career, but we want to hear more specifically about what you are hoping to gain from your time in college. Tell us about yourself and your experiences that have led to this decision. (250 words)

This prompt is similar to a standard why essay, but widens the net to include why you’re going to college at all. Don’t be fooled though — admissions still wants to know why George Mason fits the bill for what you’re looking for. We recommend starting with the big picture: Why spend the next 4+ years studying rather than jumping right into a job or volunteer opportunity? Do you value college for not only the course offerings, but also the chance to learn how to learn because you’re a self-proclaimed nerd with a thirst for knowledge? Do you know that your dream job requires a college degree? Once you have your answer to that question down, you can narrow in on why George Mason is the perfect school for you. Do some research and explore how this college in particular will help you achieve your goals and get you on the path to a bright future. And don’t forget to connect your future to your past by mentioning an experience or moment that led you to apply.

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