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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



Fall 2020 University of Colorado Boulder Writing Supplement (required, 250–650 words): In addition to the Common Application essay, you are required to submit a CU Boulder writing supplement. At the University of Colorado Boulder, no two Buffs are alike. We value difference and support equity and inclusion of all students […]

2020 CU Boulder Releases New Prompt


2020 University of Washington New Essay Prompt The University of Washingon, one of the four Coalition exclusive public colleges, is no longer using the Coalition essay prompts. This week the university released its fall 2020 prompt: “Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character […]

2020 University of Washington New Essay Prompt


Class of 2024 Tufts Writing Supplement Tufts released its supplement for next year. It now has three options for the second essay, and added two new prompts for this year. We can easily answer one new prompt ourselves: “A) From recognizing break dancing as a new Olympic sport, to representation […]

Class 2024 Tufts Writing Supplement



2020 Emory Writing Supplement Emory has broken its 2020 prompts into two categories: “Reflections” and “Tell us about you,” and applicants must respond to one from each in 150 words max per response. We provide the “Reflections” prompts. Check out our site for the “Tell us about you” ones. “Reflections” […]

2020 Emory Writing Supplement


2020 University of Chicago Supplemental Prompts The University of Chicago released its 2019-2020 supplemental essay prompts. Great options as always. We love number 4. Essay Option 4 “Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” – Jessamyn West —Inspired by Elizabeth Mansfield, Class of 2020 To see all their prompts, check out […]

2020 University of Chicago Supplemental Essay Prompts


Working on the drafts of college application essays? The drafting process is critical and can help make your stories and messages clearer. Please be willing to draft and re-write to make your essays stronger. Here are 10 questions to help guide you through the editing process. I hope they can help […]

10 Guiding Questions: College Application Essays



The Big Picture: The Power of Writing Supplements Let us help you. All College Application Essays has done the hard work of collecting all the Supplemental Essays for you. We tell you where to find them, what each additional essay prompt requires, and the length and submission format. If you cannot afford […]

The Big Picture: The Power of Writing Supplements