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Common App Releases New Essay Prompts



By Catherine Groux
Posted February 06, 2013 11:00 AM

The Common Application Board of Directors recently released the 2013-2014 essay prompts for the Common App.
The Common Application Board of Directors recently released the 2013-2014 essay prompts for the Common App.

The Common Application Board of Directors recently released the 2013-2014 essay prompts for students who fill out the Common App as part of the college admissions process. Students who use the application to apply to colleges are encouraged to respond to one of the five new essay prompts in 250 to 650 words.

For the 2013-2014 school year, the essay topics students can choose from include:

  • "Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story."
  • "Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?"
  • "Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?"
  • "Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?"
  • "Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family."

Students who fill out the Common App can send this one, holistic document to 488 colleges in 46 states, as well as foreign countries like France, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In this way, the Common App is designed to save students time during the admissions process, helping them avoid filling out a different application for every individual college they apply to.

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