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Syracuse University 2019-20 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

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Syracuse University 2019-20 Application Essay Question Explanations 

The Requirements: 2 essays of 250 words.

Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why

Who or what influenced you to apply to Syracuse University? (Maximum: 250 words) 

This prompt seems to be asking about you, but it’s also asking about what you think of Syracuse. Sure, you can share the story of how you met an alum and they regaled you with stories of inspiring professors, but be sure to highlight what Syracuse will have to offer you specifically — from academics and social life to a robust alum network. Additionally, feel free to think of the city itself along with the college. Are you excited about the idea of going to a school in the north where you’ll be able to ski on the weekends? Admissions wants to know you’ll be happy living there and will become a thriving part of their community. What sorts of extracurriculars does Syracuse offer that appeal to you? Did something seal the deal when you visited in person? Dig into your memory and get specific!


Who is the person you dream of becoming and how do you believe Syracuse University can help you achieve this? (Maximum: 250 words)

We love this prompt (we’re dreamers)! One way to approach this is by thinking of someone you look up to. Is there a leader in your field of study who stands out to you? Think of the qualities he or she possesses and then combine those with your own personality traits — maybe she’s a successful businesswoman and you’re a thoughtful peer counselor, BOOM! You can picture yourself being an empathic CEO who does business differently and puts people before profits. You can also take a personal angle, focusing on how you want to help your community and those in your close circle of influence. Once you’ve nailed down the kind of person you want to become, do some research into how Syracuse’s course offerings and extracurriculars will propel you to grow into that. Admissions wants to know that you have a vision for your future and that Syracuse can help you get there.

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