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Carnegie Mellon Removes Demonstrated Interest In a fascinating move, Carnegie Mellon will not accept any additional materials, change interviews from evaluative to informational, and change longer additional essay to shorter prompts. They are also making these changes to waitlist members Below is the complete announcement as we find it transformative. […]

Carnegie Mellon Removes Demonstrated Interest


Same Prompts: 2018-2019 Common Application and 2018-2019 Coalition Application Common Application Keeps Same Essays The Common Application will keep the same essays prompts as this past year. The most popular essay prompt of the 2017-2018 application year (through January 5, 2018) is “Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a […]

2018-2019 Essays Prompts Stay the Same for Common and Coalition ...


Fall 2018 Prompts Rock We love many of the Fall 2018 prompts. One favorite is one of Oklahoma State University’s prompts.  “I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail,” Muriel Strode said. Identify a […]

Fall 2018 Prompts Rock




Dartmouth College 2017-2018 Writing Supplement Great new prompts from Dartmouth. We are including them all as a present because the madness of updating begins on Tuesday. THE DARTMOUTH WRITING SUPPLEMENT Dartmouth’s writing supplement requires that applicants write brief responses to two supplemental essay prompts as follows: 1. Please respond in 100 words […]

Dartmouth College 2017-2018 Writing Supplement


2017-2018 U Penn-Specific Prompts Released Prospective applicants to the University of Pennsylvania recently received an email with the 2017-2018 writing prompts. The email started with a great quote from Ben Franklins: “Write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” That is great advice for all college applicants. We posted […]

2017-2018 U Penn-Specific Prompts Released



2018 Boston Writing Supplement The writing supplement topics for Fall 2018 first-year applicants are: We would like to get a better sense of you. Please respond to one of the following prompts. (400 word limit) 1. Human beings have a creative side that tends to shine most when we are […]

2018 Boston College Writing Supplement



2018 University of Notre Dame and Other Updates The University of Notre Dame released its 2018 writing supplement for both the Common and Coalition applications. In addition to one required response, applicants must answers two out of four additional short responses.  Two of these prompts include: For whom are you […]

2018 University of Notre Dame, Tufts and Other Updates



University of Richmond, Johns Hopkins, and Other Updates Schools are beginning to release their essays and applications. I only update if I can actually see the updates on their applications or websites with the correct date. University of Richmond Here is one of University of Richmond’s new essays– (2) How […]

University of Richmond, JHU, and other Updates