Update: Read the latest tips for the 2017-18 Common App.
The Common Application Reveals New Essay Prompts for 2015-16
Some students choose to write about sports. Or their love of helping others. Or even about their unusual hobby of collecting those kitschy plastic-domed snow globes. Whatever the topic, the college admissions essay is meant to reveal a glimpse of a student’s character, one that – ideally – will help set that student apart from the thousands of other applicants vying for a spot at that same institution.
Late Tuesday afternoon, the Common Application announced its new lineup of essay prompts for the 2015-16 admissions cycle. And while this proclamation is certainly big news, I’d like to remind current high school juniors that there’s no need to agonize over which prompt they should choose.