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Rutgers University 2017-18 Supplemental Essay Guide

Please note: the information below relates to last year's essay prompts. We are going to update this guide with the prompts for 2018-19 as soon as they become available. Check back soon!

Rutgers University 2017-18 Application Essay Question Explanations

The Requirements: One essay of 500 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Personal Statement

If you are interested in applying to become a Scarlet Knight, you should know that Rutgers University has its very own application. There is good news though! The essay prompts on the Rutgers application are exactly the same as those listed on the Coalition Application! For thorough breakdowns of each prompt, visit to our Coalition Essay Prompt Guide!

Rutgers requires that you provide a short essay that is your original work. Please address one of these topics. Answer in 3800 characters (which is about 500 words).

Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
Describe a time you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
Submit an essay on the topic of your choice.
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