Check with your college to see what essay they require (if any). Be careful to check to see if the major you are applying for has any essay requirements as well. Listed below are the essay topics for the most common application websites.
Some students have a background identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
What was the environment in which you were raised? Describe your family, home, neighborhood, or community, and explain how it has shaped you as a person.
Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
Essay Choice 2:
The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Some students have an identity, an interest, or a talent that defines them in an essential way. If you are one of these students, then tell us about yourself.
Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
Essay Choice 3:
Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
You’ve got a ticket in your hand – Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?
Has there been a time when you’ve had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
Essay Choice 4:
Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
Personal interaction with objects, images and spaces can be so powerful as to change the way one thinks about particular issues or topics. For your intended area of study, describe an experience where instruction in that area or your personal interaction with an object, image or space effected this type of change in your thinking. What did you do to act upon your new thinking and what have you done to prepare yourself for further study in this area?
What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you?)
One of the best methods of brainstorming is to begin with a grandest of potential topics and slowly the best rise to the top. In order to generate a laundry list of important people, events, accomplishments and activities in your life, fill in the worksheet below.
If you were writing your autobiography right now, what would be five to ten events or things that would have to be included? (think over your life chronologically)
Quickly write down three words that best describe you.
Ask your parents, siblings and best friends to write down three words to describe you. (Do not tell them what your three words were) Write down the person, their relationship to you and the words they picked to describe you.
List five accomplishments you have made since the summer before high school. Do not limit yourself to accomplishments for which you have been formally recognized since the most interesting essays are often based on accomplishments that may have seemed insignificant at the time but become crucial when placed in the context of your life.
List three to five things on which you consider yourself very knowledgeable.
What are your most important extracurricular or community activities? Why?
List five people who you respect and admire. They can be real or fictional, dead or alive. Explain why they are on your list.
List two times in life when you failed miserably and two times when you were a fantastic success.
Ask your parents for five events in your life that they will always remember.