The Common Application


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


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



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


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


Getting to Know You: Using College Specific Writing Questions and Supplements to Bolster Your Application Embrace Additional Writing Requirements. Most selective colleges using the Common Application have individual Member Questions and/or Writing Supplements. Colleges that have supplemental essays really want to learn more about you– from you. So give them what they want. Great […]

Getting to Know You: Using College Specific Writing Questions and ...



We Added The Coalition on Access, Affordability, and Success The Coalition is moving forward with more than 90 colleges, many of whom are public universities with stand alone application systems. In April the Coalition will open for high schoolers, and this summer it will open for seniors to submit their […]

We Added The Coalition on Access, Affordability, and Success


Back By Popular Demand: 2016-2017 Common Application Keeps Same Prompts and Now Rolls Over Juniors rest easy.  The Common Application is keeping the same prompts as last year. These prompts give you great options. You can even start working on the application now as all accounts will roll over except […]

2016-2017 Common Application Keeps Same Prompts and Now Rolls Over


By Rebecca Joseph Here is my latest blog from The Huffington Post.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca-joseph/editing-college-application-essays_b_4105569.html Recently, I saw a private coach inside a Starbucks using a thesaurus to help a high school senior make a college application essay sound “more mature.” Another counselor encouraged one of my students to write about a […]

A Plea to Those Helping Students With College Application Essays: ...



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2013-2014 Duke Writing Supplement   The Writing Supplement   All applicants must respond to the prompt: Please discuss one of your extracurricular activities that has required a particularly significant time commitment or that has played a meaningful role in your personal development. (Required, 150 words, Paste in) All applicants to the Pratt School […]

2013-2014 Duke Writing Supplement