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The Requirements: 3 essays of 250 words each
Supplemental Essay Type(s): Why, Activity, Community
Why The University of Tulsa? Now’s the time to put on your research hat and spend some time exploring The University of Tulsa’s campus or website, so you can communicate your interest for admissions. In other words, show off your fit! Beyond what you would gain from your education, you should also think about what you would contribute to their community. Make sure to tell admissions something new that they wouldn’t already know about you by reviewing the rest of your application!
Activity essays like this one are quite common and really are as straightforward as they seem. The most difficult part is usually selecting the activity or activities you want to talk about. So, we return to our favorite mantra: tell the admissions department at TU something they couldn’t glean from anywhere else in your application. If you wrote your personal statement about your time managing the most popular bakery in your town, you should focus on a different activity or work experience, this time, that reveals a new aspect of your personality, character, drive, etc. This can be a great opportunity to highlight your leadership skills and any recognition you may have received as a result of participating in a particular activity. Did you win any awards? Receive any promotions? Make significant connections? 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!
This is a classic community essay, through and through. Admissions officers want to know what you, specifically, will bring to the TU community. Where do you come from? What has shaped you as a person and how has that made your perspective unique? What you address can be reflective of larger cultural constructs or a trait specific to you and only you. Consider why your particular background or experience will be useful in a learning environment. How will it help enlighten and/or inform others? What has influenced your identity? What do you believe and how will your experiences bring something of value to TU?