University of Florida



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University of Florida

You will be asked to submit one personal essay. The personal essay will allow the admissions staff to get to know who you are as a student. Your essay should be limited to approximately 2500 characters, including spaces.



2016-2017 Essay Topics

  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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)?

Florida State University

Although the essay is not required but highly recommended, it provides another opportunity to learn more about you. The essay should be no longer than 650 words, and may be uploaded after the student's application has been received. Applicants should choose one topic from the list below:



  • Describe an experience from your life that either demonstrates your character or helped shape it.

  • 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.

  • 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?

University of Central Florida

Although optional, the essay assists the Admissions Committee in knowing you as an individual, independent of test scores and other objective data. We ask that you respond to two of the topics below. Your responses should be no longer than a total of 500 words or 7,000 characters.



  • If there has been some obstacle or bump in the road in your academic or personal life, please explain the circumstances.

  • How has your family history, culture, or environment influenced who you are?

  • Why did you choose to apply to UCF?

  • What qualities or unique characteristics do you possess that will allow you to contribute to the UCF community?


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