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COMMON APPLICATION ESSAY QUESTIONS

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences in the space
below (150 words or fewer).

Please write an essay (250 words minimum) on a topic of your choice or on one of the options listed
below. This personal essay helps us to become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart
from courses, grades, test scores, and other objective data. It will also demonstrate your ability to
organize your thoughts and express yourself.
₫ Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical
dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
₫ Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its
importance to you.
₫ Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that
influence.
₫ Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art,
music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
₫ A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds
much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an
experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college
community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
₫ Topic of your choice.

Include any additional information that you would like to provide regarding special circumstances,
additional qualifications, etc.

CARNEGIE-MELLON SUPPLEMENT
List four books you have read this year:

Please submit a one-page, single-spaced essay that explains why you have chosen Carnegie Mellon
and your particular major(s), department(s) or program(s). This essay should include the reasons
why you've chosen the major(s), any goals or relevant work plans and any other information you
would like us to know. If you are applying to more than one college or program, please mention
each college or program you are applying to. Because our admission committees review applicants
by college and programs, your essay can impact our final decision. Please do not exceed one page
for this essay.

CORNELL SUPPLEMENT
Please respond to the essay question below (maximum of 500 words) that corresponds to the
undergraduate college(s) to which you are applying. If you are utilizing the primary / alternate
admission option, you must complete an essay for both colleges; please complete the essays that
correspond to your primary and alternate choice.
Engineers turn ideas (technical, scientific, mathematical) into reality. Tell us about an
engineering idea you have or your interest in engineering. Explain how Cornell Engineering can help
you further explore this idea or interest.

OLIN COLLEGE SUPPLEMENT


Given what you know about Olin College, please tell us why you think Olin is a good fit for you. (500
words)

One of the things that makes Olin so vibrant is the diversity of interests/passions that students
bring to our community. Please describe how pursuing your passion has demonstrated leadership
abilities, motivation, initiative, independence or ability to work with people. (300 words)

How you spend your time outside of classes is important to us! Please include a resume of your
academic and extracurricular clubs, as well as personal activities, including things like community
service, part time jobs, and any summer enrichment experiences. Be sure you tell us how long you
have participated and an indication of your depth of involvement-and don't forget to explain what all
those acronyms stand for!

LEHIGH SUPPLEMENT
Why is Lehigh a good match for you? What contributions will you make to the academic experience
and to campus life? (As a guideline, your response should be between 150-250 words.)
PICK ONE!
1. People face challenges every day. Some make decisions that force them beyond their comfort
levels. Maybe you have a political, social or cultural viewpoint that is not shared by the rest of your
school, family or community. Did you find the courage to create a better opportunity for yourself or
others? Were you able to find the voice to stand up for something you passionately supported? How
did you persevere when the odds were against you?

2. If you founded your own college or university, what topic of study would you make mandatory for
all students to study and why? What would be the values and priorities of your institution and why?

3. In our ever-changing society, people have defined 'equity' and 'community' in many different
ways. How do you define these terms and what are the implications of equity and community for
our 21st century society?

WPI SUPPLEMENT
How did you become interested in WPI?

MIT APPLICATION
We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, many of which are required of you. Tell us
about something you do for the pleasure of it. (*)(100 words or fewer)

Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at
MIT appeals to you and why? (*) (100 words or fewer)

What attribute of your personality are you most proud of, and how has it impacted your life so
far? This could be your creativity, effective leadership, sense of humor, integrity, or anything
else you’d like to tell us about. (*) (200-250 words)