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The Requirements: 1 essay of 250 words, 1 short answer of 250 characters or less
Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why, Oddball
The University of Tulsa’s brief supplement is an opportunity for your creativity and writing skills to shine! No tricky prompts or lengthy essays here. Instead, admissions offers up two straightforward assignments. So allow yourself to bask in the simplicity of this supplement – but not for too long! You’ve still got to polish up those essays to perfection.
This question is as standard as they come. We’d recommend aiming to craft a few solid paragraphs, but before you start typing, set aside an hour or so to get familiar with the University of Tulsa. Dive into the school website (or better yet, visit the campus if you can!) and seek out the answers to your burning questions: What is your future major going to be like? Who are the faculty? What are your study abroad opportunities? What kinds of internships and jobs do people get? And what about all the extracurriculars? Keep notes on the most appealing aspects, and by the time you’re done, you’ll have a good base for your essay that will reflect your genuine interests. The last thing you want is to just echo the facts and figures on the admissions webpage (for one thing, admissions officers already know all of that stuff!). Be honest and try to draw connections between your interests. Does your love of math and enthusiasm for a cappella complement each other? Of course they do!
We’ll be honest, if we had our way we probably wouldn’t let you introduce a quote this way. That said, we get what Tulsa is going for. Admissions frames this as a sentence written in the first person to show you that they really want you to speak from the heart. If you were talking to a friend, what would you say? Rather than agonizing over what you think they want to hear, set a timer for five minutes and jot down everything you can think of. No idea is too silly; just trust your gut! Although the quote should be “inspirational” it doesn’t have to be famous, so let your memory roam. Recall the poems that have stuck with you, your favorite Harry Potter passages, the little sayings your Grandpa used to repeat over and over. Whose words have touched you? Although you’ll be using someone else’s words, this is still an opportunity for you to reveal something new about who you are, what you value, or where you come from.