Monthly Archives: July 2019


2020 Cornell University Writing Supplements We are checking writing supplements every day before the Common App opens. Cornell tweaked the essay prompts for six of its eight schools. We’ve included the College of Arts and Sciences. College of Arts and Sciences: Students in Arts and Sciences embrace the opportunity to […]

2020 Cornell University Writing Supplements


2020 University of Penn New Supplements Just one more week until the Common Application opens. Enjoy this last week of freedom. The University of Penn released its new supplemental essays that all applicants must answer. Rather than one longer piece, students must now answer two shorter prompts. I’m glad they […]

2020 University of Penn New Supplements


2020 University of Notre Dame Supplements The University of Notre Dame released its new supplemental essays. We love one in particular: “Defend an unpopular opinion you hold.” I hope colleges do more to help students listen to each other and build strong connections across groups.

2020 University of Notre Dame Supplements



2020 Yale Supplemental Essays Released Yale released its Fall 2020 essays. It has one new short answer: “Yale’s residential colleges regularly host conversations with guests representing a wide range of experiences and accomplishments. What person, past or present, would you invite to speak? What question would you ask?” We would […]

2020 Yale Supplemental Essays Released


2020 Pomona Specific Essays You get three great choices. You choose two to write 200-250 word responses a piece. We love this one prompt: “Imagine having a 1 a.m. debate/discussion with your peers in college about an issue you care about. What is that issue, and what is the discussion? […]

2020 Pomona Specific Prompts