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Lipscomb University 2021-22 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

Lipscomb University 2021-22 Application Essay Question Explanation

The Requirements: 1 essay of 250 words, 1 essay of 300 words, 1 short answer

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Activity, Why

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

This is a standard activity essay, and odds are, you’ve seen one just like it before. Our advice has not changed one bit. In responding to this prompt, your job is to tell admissions something they don’t already know about you. When you pick your activity, make sure it doesn’t appear in other essays you’ve written (like your Common App personal statement, for example). This is a perfect opportunity to showcase leadership or communication skills, so choose an activity that matters to you and through which you have grown in tangible ways (getting promoted) or intangible ways (learning the value of listening). Pull your reader into the story using sensory details or other tricks, and your essay will be sure to shine.

Briefly describe why you are interested in attending Lipscomb and what specific factors have prompted you to apply. (300 words)

This is a classic “why” essay through and through. The admissions department at Lipscomb wants to know the specific reasons you’re interested in attending their fine institution. To nail this essay, you’re going to want to start by writing down every reason that comes to mind. Once that’s done, browse Lipscomb’s website to find specific names of professors you’d like to learn from or classes you want to take. Does Lipscomb offer a major that’s hard to find at other institutions? Is there a club you really want to join? Is it important to you to attend a school that is affiliated with the Churches of Christ? The more clearly you can demonstrate your interest and fit the better!

In two to three sentences, please tell us about your career goals and why you are inclined towards that profession. If you are uncertain, please describe to us what you may be considering in a professional capacity and why. 

Dream big! Reach for the stars! The sky is the limit! You’ve heard it all before and, hopefully, you’ve let your mind wander into fields of what could be, because now is the time to pull out all the stops. Lipscomb wants to know about your career aspirations and inclinations. Build a bridge between your past and your future for admissions so they can see your commitment and demonstrated interest in this field. Did you work on a science experiment that taught you about the basics of physics? Are you hoping to go on to make groundbreaking discoveries about black holes? Maybe you’ve always loved working with children with special needs; how do you hope to serve this population post-graduation and how is Lipcomb’s Disability Studies major going to set you up for success? Throughout your life, you’ve been exposed to so many different subjects and career paths, and Lipscomb wants to know why this one has caught your eye. 

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