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Favorite #Fall2020 New Prompt #6- #CornellCollege Cornell College is one of a select few colleges which offer one course at a time–a dream come true for many students. Their #Fall2020 supplemental essay pushes applicants to personalize this opportunity: “When you are studying One Course At A Time, you may be […]

Favorite #Fall2020 New Prompt #6- #CornellCollege


Favorite #Fall2020 New Prompt #5- #UMBC Honors I attended #UMBC for many acting classes, and love how the university impacts thousands of students each year. The Honors Program is fabulous, and its #Fall2020 prompts push students to think of their potential power in our worlds. We need them. Applicants pick […]

Favorite #Fall2020 New Prompt #5- #UMBC Honors


Favorite Fall 2020 New Prompt #4-BU Trustees Scholarship Essays Every year Boston University has great Trustees Scholarship Essays. These two new prompts for Fall 2020 will lead applicants to share powerful stories. Please write an essay of 600 words or less in response to one of the following two topics: (Required, […]

Favorite Fall 2020 New Prompt #4-BU Trustees Scholarship Essays



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