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Manchester University 2019-20 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

Please note: the information below relates to last year's essay prompts. We are going to update this guide with the prompts for 2020-21 as soon as they become available. Check back soon!

Manchester University 2019-20 Application Essay Question Explanations

The Requirements: 2 essays of 250 words each

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why, Activity

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

Activity essays like this one are quite common and really are as straightforward as they seem. The most difficult part is selecting the activity you want to talk about. So, we return to our favorite mantra: tell admissions something they couldn’t glean from anywhere else in your application. If you wrote your personal statement about your time delivering pizza for Mama Dawn’s, you should focus, this time, on a different activity or work experience that reveals a new aspect of your personality, character, drive, etc. And don’t limit your thinking to school-related activities.

Your essay could be about playing chess with your older brother or your tireless journey to find and perfect the best vegan sour cream recipe in Texas. This can also be a great opportunity to highlight your leadership skills and any accolades you may have received as a result of participating in a particular activity. Did you win an award in Boy Scouts? Receive a promotion or raise at the snack shack? Make any significant connections with co-workers? No matter what you choose, it should probably be something you’ve been involved in for a while, so you can demonstrate your growth to admissions!

Why do you feel you are a good fit for Manchester University? (250 words)

Most schools want to know why you luv them, but Manchester wants to know why they should luv you. Admissions worded this Why essay prompt in a way that makes it nearly impossible to answer without doing a little research (brilliant, really), because you need to know what Manchester is looking for in order to make the argument that you’re a good fit. So, go to Manchester’s website (or visit campus if you can!), and roam around. Take note of anything that catches your eye, makes you hum an approving note, or gets you excited about the prospect of attending.

Maybe you know that Manchester prides itself on its graduates’ success and you hope to be one of the 89% of Manchester graduates who apply to med school get accepted (with the national average at about 40%). Perhaps you know that Manchester is home to the first Peace Studies program in the world and your goal of improving gun control legislation perfectly aligns with the school’s peaceful mission. Perhaps you can’t wait to join the Graduation Pledge Alliance and represent Manchester long after graduation. Whatever your reasoning may be, make sure admissions will learn more about you by reading your essay.

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