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Georgia Tech released its 2021 essay requirements. It will no longer require the Common Application main essay. Students will respond to two prompts (50 to 300 words): Essay Prompt 1 Why do you want to study your chosen major specifically at Georgia Tech? Essay Prompt 2 All applicants must choose […]

Georgia Tech’s 2021 Essay Requirements


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The University of Chicago released its 2020-2021 essays as did many other colleges, including Brown University, Georgetown University, Providence College, the University of Georgia, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC), University of Texas, Austin, University of Virginia (UVA), Villanova University, and Wake Forest. We are updating them all on […]

2020-2021 Essay Updates


Earth Day Updates We are updating our site with all Covid-19 updates as we learn them, and there are so many. Many colleges are postponing testing for a year, two years, three years, or permanently. Some have clear waivers, while others have many caveats. We are tracking them all. Cornell […]

Earth Day Updates



All Public Universities in Oregon Go Test-Optional On March 25, all public universities in Oregon are now test-optional. The universities participating are Eastern Oregon University, Portland State University, Oregon State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University, the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University, and applicants applying to […]

All Public Universities in Oregon Go Test-Optional


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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 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



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 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



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