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2019-2020 Supplemental Essay Prompts: Early Releases **Updated**

We’ve had students, now at top colleges, write supplemental essays on topics including unicycling, robotics, drywall construction, feminist literature, squash, building playgrounds, working at a sandwich shop, baling hay, and Mexican baking. Many students come to us feeling unsure of what unique aspect of their lives would best fit which supplemental essay prompt and we love working with applicants to unpack that answer layer by layer.


Yet again UChicago gets the prize for the most creative supplemental essay prompt (so far): “Cats have nine lives, Pac-Man has 3 lives, and radioactive isotopes have half-lives. How many lives does something else—conceptual or actual—have, and why?”

As our students can attest, the best time to write college application essays is the summer before senior year, which is why we have run our trademark Application Boot Camp ® every August since 2005.

Current JUNIORS and SOPHOMORES, consider our Application Boot Camp 2020 AND 2021 to ensure you’re ready to tackle the ever-important senior year without the worry and stress of college applications!


2019-2020 Coalition App (is now online)

2019-2020 Universal College App (often called the UCA, is now online)

2019-2020 Common App (will launch 8/1/19, but the online platform is undergoing appearance changes in July)


Although the 2019-2020 Common App does not go live until August 1st (and bear in mind that this year more than ever before the Common App is rumored to delete anything you entered into your account pre-Aug 1st!), the above schools, and more every day, are allowing students to hit the ground running with supplements —or, if you’re applying to UChicago, start eating Pac-Man dots. We are here to help you brainstorm and craft your college essays.  Let’s get started in our College Essay Program.

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