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University of Delaware 2020-21 Supplemental Essay Prompt Guide

University of Delaware 2020-21 Application Essay Question Explanations

The Requirements:  1 essay of 250 words

Supplemental Essay Type(s):  Additional Information

Self-Appraisal of your academic performance: The Admissions Committee expects that you will take advantage of this question to explain any grade on your transcript that is unusually low or varies significantly from your usual performance in the section below.

Lucky you! Outside of the prompts for students applying to the Honors’ College, the University of Delaware’s only supplemental essay prompt is — wait for it — truly optional. Unless you have an unusually low grade to explain, you can skip this prompt. If you do have something to explain, however, then read on.

Admissions wants to give you the opportunity to explain any unusual dips or low points in your academic career. For some applicants, answering this prompt could mean recounting the details of some extenuating circumstances (an injury or family emergency) that resulted in some grades dropping. Others may need to explain how getting a D in 10th grade geometry was a wake-up call, and describe the steps they took to turn their grades around. Whatever your story, focus on your personal growth and triumphs. By featuring this prompt so prominently on the application, admissions is showing you that Delaware values your perspective. 

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