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in less than 250 words explain why _____ college is a good fit for you
2.what excites you about being a member of the _______ community
UVA supplement question:

We are a community with quirks, both in language (we’ll welcome you to Grounds, not campus)
and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.

Elon supplement:

Write a page from your journal or blog that illustrates something you hope to learn if you could
travel to any place in the world on your own. Where would you go and what would you take
from this experience?

University of Maryland supplement:

Write your own question and respond to it. Please be sure to tell us why you think this essay
represents you well.
"What matters to you, and why?"

"The University of Colorado Boulder’s Flagship 2030 strategic plan promotes exceptional
teaching, research, scholarship, creative works, and service distinguishing us as a premier
university. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive community for all that engages each
member in opportunities for academic excellence, leadership, and a deeper understanding of the
world in which we live. Given the statement above, how do you think you could enrich our
diverse and inclusive community, and what are your hopes for your college experience?"

or just make us laugh." 1. and there in the corner stands the trap that I must run into. what else makes you unique and colorful? We know nobody fits neatly into 500 words or less. and I was glad when at last I saw walls far away to the right and left. Think of this optional opportunity as show and tell by proxy and with an attitude. but these long walls have narrowed so quickly that I am in the last chamber already. effective leadership. and ate it up. “the whole world is growing smaller every day.” said the mouse."What attribute of your personality are you most proud of. or anything else you'd like to tell us about. Beyond your impressive academic credentials and extracurricular accomplishments. You are given a moment’s reprieve to tell the cat what you think of its advice. grades and activities. potential and self-reflection. I kept running and running. What do you tell the cat? Why? How do you (the mouse) view the world/life and how do you think the cat’s view compares to yours? Essay Question Number 2: In addition to curriculum. Dickinson's Admissions Committee looks for purpose.” “You only need to change your direction. sense of humor. Anything goes! Inspire us. Essay Question Number 1: "Alas. At the beginning it was so big that I was afraid. Explain why you have chosen to apply to Dickinson and how your interests. 1920). integrity. Essay Question Number 3: . but you can provide us with some suggestion of the type of person you are. and how has it impacted your life so far? This could be your creativity. Imagine that you are the mouse in this scenario from Kafka’s “A little fable” (c. Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences (Recommended length: 250 words) 2.” said the cat. talents and goals fit with Dickinson's distinctive character. impress us.

what it meant. If you are currently undecided. 'I hear all the notes. please tell us what from your current and past experiences (either academic or personal) attracts you specifically to the field or fields of study that you noted in the Member Questions section. I suppose. paying close attention to the relation between what you are seeing and why it is meaningful to you. Please do not repeat. please select one of the following themes and write an essay of about 500 words in response.“Honesty is the best policy.” Tell us about a time you had all of the facts but missed the meaning. Let the Great World Spin. Reflect on the scene. (300 words or less) 1) In addition to the essay you have written for the Common Application. in full or in part. For applicants to Columbia College. but honesty won’t get your friend free birthday cake at the diner. Facts rarely if ever have any soul. please write about any field or fields in which you may have an interest at this time. 2. One can have all the facts and miss the truth. It can be like the old piano teacher's lament to her student. but we can never really find it. but one thing is certain: we hear it as we will never hear it again. In writing or trying to understand history one may have all manner of 'data. the faintest imprint of what it really was. the essay you wrote for the Common Application. In his novel. but I hear no music. Colum McCann writes: “We seldom know what we're hearing when we hear something for the first time. only its memory. .” what other virtues might we take more lightly? University of Chicago Essay Question Number 4: Imagine looking through a window at any environment that is particularly significant to you.” Does society require constant honesty? Why is it (or why is it not) problematic to shift the truth in one’s favor. From David McCullough's recent commencement address at BC: “Facts alone are never enough.' and miss the point.” Tell us about something you heard or experienced for the first time and how the years since have affected your perception of that moment. even if the lie is seemingly harmless to others? If we can be “conveniently honest. [Williams College] 1. We return to the moment to experience it. 3.

Why do you do what you do? 4. mathematics. (Please answer in 500 words or less. we encourage you to go to http://admissions. or challenged you. and in what way? . What do you hope to find over the rainbow? 3. or literature has surprised. science.yale. University of Virginia : What work of art. 2.) Before you begin. What sets your heart on fire? University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: 1.edu/essay where you will find helpful advice. Tell us about a time when your curiosity led you someplace you weren’t expecting to go. or on something about which you would like to say more. 2) In this essay. either real or imagined. Please write the quotation. 3) Emblazoned on our University Seal is a flaming heart which symbolizes St. please reflect on something you would like us to know about you that we might not learn from the rest of your application. You may write about anything—from personal experiences or interests to intellectual pursuits. title and author at the beginning of your essay. Explain one of yours and what it says about you. music. Most of us have one or more personality quirks. tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world.Selected Theme: Using a favorite quotation from an essay or book you have read in the last three years as a starting point. If you could travel anywhere in time or space. Augustine's passionate search to know God and love others. unsettled. where would you go and why? 5.

) Imagine that you are backpacking through a country you have never been to before. graduate student Robert Stilling discovered an unpublished poem by Robert Frost while doing research in U. What are those three items and how do they represent your background? .know you better. You are interested in engaging with the local population and your backpack includes three items that will help them learn about your family and culture.and second-choice major selections. What would you add to the Honor Code and why? • In 2006.) Stanford students possess an intellectual vitality. Place an asterisk by those books required for classes you have taken Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences University of Southern California: In a short paragraph. Please feel free to address your first.’s Small Collections Library.and us -. (250 word limit. please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences Describe your academic interests and how you plan to pursue them at USC. or steal. This strengthens our Community of Trust.Va. Write a note to your future roommate that reveals something about you or that will help your roommate -. Where will your Stilling moment be in college? Davidson: Why Davidson? (250-300 Suggested Word Limit) List the books you have read in the past year for school or leisure. cheat. (250 word limit. states that students will not lie. Reflect on an idea or experience that has been important to your intellectual development.What’s your favorite word and why? • The Honor Code at U.Va.

If your prompt is original and thoughtful.” Explain why you agree or disagree. please elaborate on an academic area of interest and how you wish to explore it at NYU’s campuses in New York or Abu Dhabi or at one of our global academic centers around the world.“Why NYU?” 2. performance. home. method of communication.There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised – your family. and explain its significance to you” Here are my three supplements: 1. (Tufts College) In the spirit of adventurous inquiry. pose a question of your own. scientific achievement. Draw on your best qualities as a writer.There’s a difference between being busy and being engaged. “At regular intervals. Lafayette comes alive each day with the energy of students who are deeply engaged in their academic. sage. citizen of the world. take a little risk. book. 1. Please share any activities or experiences you have had that have cultivated your intellectual interests leading you to choose to study at the NYU campus of your choice” 3. website. “Regardless of whether or not you have an intended major or concentration. (150 words or fewer) 1. social critic. poetry students should find dogfish on their desks and biology students should find Shakespeare sonnets in their dissecting trays. neighborhood or community – and how it influenced the person you are today. visionary. etc. piece of literature. In response to the second prompt. event. co-curricular and extracurricular explorations.). Johns Hopkins University . thinker. According to author Walker Percy. or place in the world (a film. and have fun 4. keep it simple – choose one activity and add depth to our understanding of your involvement. “What intrigues you? Tell us about one work of art. then you should have little trouble writing a great essay. location. or future citizen.

charged with teaching a new course. Emory University offers over 1."Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 on a spirit of exploration and discovery." 2. The Common Good 3. Connection to place Describe which single activity listed in the Activity section of your Common Application represents your most meaningful commitment and why. Using the quotation below as a starting point. students can pursue a multi-dimensional undergraduate experience both in and outside of the classroom.)" 3. (300-500 Word limit).—and how you will build upon them here. personal passions. please discuss your current interests— academic or extracurricular pursuits. our lives are meaningful. And insofar as we can recognize the value in those things and make them part of our lives. please comment on one of the following: 1. You are free to choose whatever subject you want. Tufts "Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” (Suggested length is 50-100 words. Intellectual engagement 2. reflect on the role that culture plays in your life. “Culture is what presents us with the kinds of valuable things that can fill a life. As a result. Given the opportunities at Hopkins. etc. Emory University "Imagine you are a professor. summer experiences.” .000 courses in a wide range of academic subjects. What class would you create? What would you hope students would leave your class having learned? (Don’t forget to include your class title!) (250 word limit)" Reflecting on your own interests and experiences.

(250 words max) Please tell us how you have spent the last two summers (or vacations between school years). ( )3. Describe the person you hope to become on this journey. please address one of the following prompts: 1) Picture your journey in the American University community from freshman year to graduation day. 3)In no more than two paragraphs. José Quintans. You are you and your. reflect on the role that culture plays in your life. "Yo soy yo y mi circunstancia" (1914). 2. our lives are meaningful. tell us about an event or experience that helped you define one of your values or changed how you approach the world. And insofar as we can recognize the value in those things and make them part of our lives. Stuart Professor of Philosophy.. including any jobs you have held.) Dartmouth: Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space below.? 2)As Georgetown is a diverse community. where students engage in a variety of local. “Culture is what presents us with the kinds of valuable things that can fill a life. the Spanish philosopher proclaims. . either personal or creative. “Princeton in the Nation’s Service” was the title of a speech given by Woodrow Wilson on the 150th anniversary of the University. and global issues. Discuss an issue of importance to you and how you hope to become further involved with it as a member of the American University community 1. master of the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago.” .Gideon Rosen. (About 150 words) 1. the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. served on the faculty and was Princeton’s president from 1902–1910. Please submit a brief essay. Princeton University. Using the quotation below as a starting point. which you feel best describes you. if not already detailed on the Common Application.” Woodrow Wilson. Tell us about a person who has influenced you in a significant way. Princeton Class of 1879. Using the statement below as a starting point.1) In a famous quote by José Ortega y Gasset. It became the unofficial Princeton motto and was expanded for the University’s 250th anniversary to “Princeton in the nation’s service and in the service of all nations. sees it another way: "Yo soy yo y mi microbioma" (2012). chair of the Council of the Humanities and director of the Program in Humanistic Studies. OR 2) American University consistently ranks as a school with the most politically active students in the nation. national.

Some say social media is superficial. and Faculty Associate. achievement. unsettled. or international concern and its importance to you. science.We are a community with quirks. Princeton University. your family. Program in Law and Public Affairs. with no room for expressing deep or complex ideas. how do we increase our capacities not just to act without racism but to actively promote racial equality?" . 2.Imani Perry. What personal perspective do you feel that you will contribute to life at Rice? (500 word limit) (from. What do you hope to find over the rainbow? (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill) 2. music. risk you have taken. 3) Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you.for example. not campus) and in traditions. and describe that influence. talent. Tell us how you would address the questions raised by the quotation below. (Also from UVA) -The quality of Rice's academic life and the Residential College System are heavily influenced by the unique life experiences and cultural traditions each student brings. national. you guessed it. 1. To tweet or not to tweet? (University of Virginia) 3. or challenged you. mathematics. Professor. or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are? 1. (Wake Forest University) -What work of art. Describe the world you come from-. Rice) 1) Evaluate a significant experience.( )4. both in language (we’ll welcome you to Grounds. or reflect upon an experience you have had that was relevant to these questions. contribution or experience that is important to you. Tell us about a personal quality. . 2) Discuss some issue of personal. Center for African American Studies. community or school-and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. We challenge you to defy these skeptics by describing yourself as fully and accurately as possible in the 140character limit of a tweet. local. accomplishment. "How can we unlearn the practices of inequality? In other words. or literature has surprised. and in what way? (from UVA) . Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.