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The 2016-17 UNC Essay Prompts Are Out!

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NEWAPPRedThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is always among the first American universities to release its supplemental essay prompts, and this year is no exception. As a forerunner in the college application release pack, UNC’s prompts can often help set the tone for what to expect from other schools. Last year, the array of prompts asked students a range of questions from the straightforward community essay prompt to the quirky prompt that asked applicants to imagine their own TED Talks, leading the pack of offbeat questions that were to follow from other schools. The 2016-17 UNC essay prompts tell a slightly different story. With fewer options to choose from, applicants will be asked to examine the deepest recesses of their character, their hopes, and their dreams. It seems that perhaps the new Coalition Application has also helped set the tone for this year’s application cycle, with its touted focus on meaningful community contributions over flashier extracurriculars.

You can preview the 2016-17 UNC essay prompts below and get additional information on the official admissions blog.

2016-17 UNC Essay Prompts

  • Tell us a story that helps us better understand a person, place, or thing you find inspiring.
  • What do you hope will change about the place where you live?
  • Tell us about a small goal you hope to achieve, whether in the next 10 days, 10 months, or 10 years.
  • What will be the best breakthrough—whether scientific, social, economic, or other—between now and 2025?

We will be keeping an ear to the ground for more supplemental prompt releases, so stay tuned and subscribe to our newsletter for more up-to-the-minute updates!

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