2018-2019 Common App Essays

Evolutionary anthropology. Environmental economics. Middle-Eastern studies. Political feminism. Forensic toxicology.

These are not just classes you could take this summer, but are essay topics from five of our successful seniors who worked with us last summer in our Application Boot Camp program.

We track updates on the Common App very closely and we are pleased that the main essay prompts from last year will be the same for 2018-2019.

KEY things to know about the 2018-2019 Common App Prompts

  • The “topic of choice” essay question remains in place.
  • There are 7 main essay prompts to choose from, quite a lot.

The 2018-2019 Common App Essay Prompts

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma – anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

We’ve done a thorough review of these and feel strongly that applicants should cross off 4 of these prompts RIGHT NOW. Work with us and we’ll tell you which ones and how.

Are you a junior and ready to start your essays? We’re here to help!

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