Weekly College Application Tips


USC always has great quick takes–short,really short questions. Two new ones this year: Which well-known person or fictional character would be your ideal roommate? If you could teach a class on any topic, what would it be? Applicants can share how cool they are in their responses. All College Application […]

Favorite Fall 2020 New Prompt #3-USC Quick Takes


We love the University of San Diego’s new supplemental essay prompt: “The University of San Diego offers diverse educational opportunities grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. First-year students are immersed in one of our five Learning Communities (LC), with the themes reflecting the vitality of the liberal arts tradition: […]

Favorite 2020 New Essay Prompts #2: University of San Diego


Each day for the next few weeks, I’ll post my favorite new essay prompt of the day. The University of Rochester added two new prompts for Fall 2020 applicants that reveal the great kind of applicants they are seeking. 1. How do you hope to “do good” in the world? […]

Favorite 2020 New Essay Prompts #1: University of Rochester



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


2020 Villanova Writing Supplement Two of Villanova’s three writing supplement options are new. We love both and believe students will have great essays to share. Here is Option 3: (Gen Z kids will love this prompt). “Please describe a choice for change that you have made in your life that […]

2020 Villanova Writing Supplement



Dartmouth College’s Fall 2020 Essays Dartmouth kept its short prompt and three of its five longer prompts. The two new prompts reflect the strengths of Gen Z students. Here’s one of the new prompts: F. Labor leader Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist who co-founded the organization now known […]

Dartmouth College’s Fall 2020 Essays