Uf Essay Over 500 Words

Application Details

As a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, the University of Florida uses the Coalition Application. Complete all sections of the Coalition Application, including the UF supplemental section, and submit it no later than November 15, along with the $30 nonrefundable application fee plus $5 processing fee or fee waiver.

Application Dates

  • The freshman application opens each year in August.
  • The application deadline is November 15.
  • Applications received after November 15 are accepted on a space-available basis, which is extremely limited.
  • The Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR) is due by December 1.
  • Test scores should be received from the testing agency by December 15.

What Term?

At UF, students may begin their first term of study during the summer or fall.In addition, students have the opportunity to enroll at UF during the spring and summer terms only throughout their UF career in Innovation Academy. On your application, please select your preferred term of entry -- either summer or fall. If you wish to be considered for Innovation Academy, you will be asked to complete a short-answer question. While every effort will be made to accommodate your preferred term of entry, space limitations may result in admission to an alternate term, PaCE, or one of the state college partnership programs.

Application Sections

Profile Information

On the Coalition Application, you will provide details about your personal background, educational history, and extracurricular interests. At UF, the following Coalition Profile sections will be imported to your UF application: personal information, contact information, demographic information, citizenship information, high school information, college coursework, financial aid, honors and distinctions, academic interests and extracurricular activities.

UF Supplement

As part of the UF supplement, we will ask additional short-answer questions to learn more about you as we review your application for admission.

Residency Information

If you will claim Florida residency for tuition purposes, you will need to submit the Florida Residency Declaration. With very few exceptions, applicants younger than 24 years of age will need a parent or guardian to complete and sign the residency declaration to establish Florida residency. Claimants must provide proof of Florida residency as evidenced by a Florida driver's license, vehicle registration and/or voter registration. Additional Information

The Essay

You will be asked to submit one personal essay. The personal essay will allow the admissions staff to get to know who you are as a student. Your essay should be limited to approximately 2500 characters, including spaces.

2017-2018 Essay Topics
  • Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
  • Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
  • Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
  • What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What's the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
  • Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

International Applicants

Freshman international applicants (non U.S. citizens or permanent residents) will apply to UF using the Coalition Application. Please submit the Coalition Application and UF supplemental section by November 15, along with your $30 application fee plus $5 processing fee in U.S. dollars. We will accept applications after November 15 on a space-available basis.


Student Self-Reported Academic Record (SSAR)

The SSAR is the self-reported transcript of your high school grades from 9th-11th and courses in progress for grade 12. The SSAR is required for all freshman applicants including applicants who have already graduated from high school. Please see the Exemptions tab for exceptions.

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Dates

If you have met the November 15 deadline, submit and link the SSAR no later than December 1. Students who have applied after November 15 should submit and link the SSAR no later than March 1. If your SSAR is received after December 1, your application will be considered on a space-available basis.

Exemptions

All freshman applicants must complete a SSAR with the following exceptions:

  • Instead of the SSAR, GED graduates must submit their official GED G E D results, along with official partial high school transcript(s).
  • International and U.S. applicants who have not followed an educational curriculum patterned after the U.S. system. Applicants from non-U.S.-based systems must submit official or certified copies of all secondary school records and/or examination results. All academic records not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. In addition, these credentials must be evaluated by a credential evaluation agency.

Creating Your SSAR

You will be leaving the UF portal and will be required to create an account on the non-UF SSAR student self-reporting site. Please read through all of the instructions about submitting your SSAR carefully. You may refer to our FAQs to assist you as you complete your SSAR.

After you have submitted your SSAR through the SSAR portal, you must link it to your UF application. To link your SSAR to your UF application, click the Check Application Status button. You must submit your application for admission before you will be able to check your status and link your SSAR to the application. From the status page, you will click on the SSAR link to link your SSAR to your application.

SSAR Portal

Click here to complete your SSAR.

International Applicants

International freshman applicants are required to submit secondary and college or university credentials from non-U.S. institutions to a credential evaluation agency for a course-by-course evaluation with grade point average calculation. Companies offering these evaluation services include:

If using the Josef Silny & Associates Credential Evaluation Application, please refer to the UF application on their site.

UF also recommends any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

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Test Scores

Official scores from the SAT, ACT or both must be sent to UF directly from the testing agency. The institutional codes for UF are 5812 (SAT) and 0758 (ACT). Scores must arrive from the testing agency by December 15.

What's Required

  • At least the following minimum scores in each section of the SAT will be required for students who submit the old SAT: SAT Critical Reading = 500, Mathematics = 460 and Writing = 440. Effective with the Fall 2018 entering class, the university will require the following minimum scores on the redesigned SAT: SAT Reading = 24, Writing and Language = 25, and Math = 24.
  • On the ACT, a minimum score of 19 on the Reading section and 19 on the Math section.
  • UF admissions does not have a preference for one exam over the other. We encourage you to take whichever exam suits you best. While UF will not mix scores from old and new versions of the SAT, we will consider the highest "subscores" from the same version of the SAT if you take the test multiple times. We will not mix or combine ACT subscores. If you choose to take both exams, we will consider whichever score is most competitive for admission.
  • Official test scores must be sent by the testing agencies to the Office of Admissions no later than December 15 for admission consideration. If your test scores are received after December 15, your application will be considered on a space-available basis.

The Redesigned SAT

The redesigned SAT will now consist of two sections (evidence-based reading and writing and math) with an optional essay. The score scale will range from 400 to 1600 with the essay being scored separately. The total test time is now 3 hours (+50 minutes if taking the SAT with essay). There is no penalty for guessing on the redesigned SAT. More information

UF does not require students to the take the essay for the new SAT nor ACT.

The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to offer free test prep services for the SAT. These free services, accessible through any computer with internet access, will provide personalized practice pathways to help you pinpoint areas where you need to improve, full-length practice tests, and practice materials available to print.


Innovation Academy

The Innovation Academy (IA) at UF is a groundbreaking living/learning community that enrolls unique students from more than 30 majors into a spring-summer schedule filled with energy, collisions that become ideas, and one common minor: Innovation. The fall term is left open for other adventures, such as study abroad programs and there is an additional short essay on the application for students interested in IA


Special Circumstances

The University of Florida welcomes applications from all prospective students, and we understand that there may be special circumstances to consider.

Non-Accredited and Home Schooled

In addition to the freshman application requirements listed above, homeschooled students and students attending non-accredited schools must complete the following additional requirements:

  • Send transcripts from all previous institutions you have attended, including a homeschool transcript.
  • Submit scores from the SAT Subject Tests in mathematics (Level II-C), foreign language, science and social science if you have not completed two courses in a specific subject area at an accredited institution, such as a local high school, Florida Virtual School, or a state community college.

Concurrent High School/Associate of Arts Degree

Students who will receive their high school diploma and the Associate of Arts degree at the same time should complete the freshman application. On your application, please select a specific major and UF college. If we are unable to offer you admission at the freshman level, your application will be referred to the specific UF college indicated on your application for upper-division transfer consideration. At the upper-division level review, you must meet college and major prerequisite course and minimum GPA requirements.

Disability Consideration

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applicants who would like to be reviewed for disability consideration must check the "special admission consideration because of a disability" box on the admissions application. Disability consideration is optional.
  • Submit the Disability Consideration Request Form
  • Compile any supporting documentation. Disability-related documentation guidelines can be located on the University of Florida's Disability Resource Center's website. Please note that an IEP or 504 Plan, without other disability-related documentation included, is not sufficient documentation.
  • Compile all documentation materials together and upload using our secure document upload system. Documentation received via e-mail will not be accepted.
  • Deadline for receipt of materials is December 1.

Checking Your Application Status

At least 48-72 hours after submitting your online application, please check the status of your application to link your SSAR to your UF application. Allow two-three weeks processing time for all other items to be received and added to your application.

  • Log on to Check Application Status site with the same username and password used to submit your application through the Coalition website.
  • Please be sure to click the link for the SSAR to connect your submitted SSAR with your UF application.
  • Additional information included on the page will indicate, what, if any, materials are missing and provide instructions on how to proceed. From this page, you will be able to check your admission decision when it becomes available.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions will be made for applicants with complete applications and all admission materials received. Decisions for freshmen who applied by November 15 will be available in mid-February. You can view your decision by clicking the Check Application Status button. An official written notification of acceptance is mailed to admitted students only. Non-admitted students are notified through our online notification process.

Evaluation Process

The admissions process is designed to consider all aspects of an applicant's academic record and personal experiences. The admissions review process tries to balance the subjective and objective components of the application. Admission officers can exercise flexibility and professional judgment in their reviews and decisions, but they also must apply consistent standards. Every evaluation retains a focus on academic achievement and the applicant's overall potential for success at the University of Florida.

Holistic Review

UF's application is designed to facilitate individual holistic consideration. The university recognizes that there is great variation among applicants' personal circumstances, home communities and high schools, including schools' course offerings and grading practices. Admission officers, therefore, have a responsibility to consider all factors when evaluating applications and to admit those applicants who are academically qualified and who have demonstrated a potential to contribute to and to be successful students at the University of Florida.

PaCE

PaCE provides UF the opportunity to enroll more freshmen despite limited physical space on campus. PaCE

State College Partnerships

The Office of Admissions has collaborated with the College of Engineering, the College of Design, Construction and Planning, other Enrollment Management offices, and officials from Santa Fe College and the State College of Florida to implement the Gator Engineering at Santa Fe, Gator Engineering at State College of Florida, and Gator Design and Construction at Santa Fe. These innovative partnerships are designed to expand opportunities for aspiring students to earn degrees from the University of Florida.

Students offered these opportunities will begin their studies at Santa Fe College or the State College of Florida where they are provided special advising and other support that will lead to an accelerated transfer to the UF campus. Students must meet established benchmarks in order to be eligible for transfer.


On August 1 the 2015-16 Common Application will be released; however, several colleges have already released their supplemental essay prompts, and the new essay prompts for the Common Application are also available.

The summer is an opportune time to start brainstorming, drafting, and writing essays. Students applying to a healthy mix of target, reach, and safety colleges can expect to write 20 or more supplemental essays during the college application process. With an average word count of 300-500 words, this is a lot of work, and will be much harder to accomplish when school starts.

Supplemental essays help the college learn more about a student – from that student. The questions usually enable prospective students to showcase their talents, tell their unique story, demonstrate interest, and emphasize their ability to contribute on campus. A great supplemental essay can give admissions officers more reason to admit the student.

These supplemental essays are important. They will take time to write!

Here are 2015-16 essay prompts for a number of individual schools. Students who are applying to schools not on this list should check each college’s websites for their essay prompts. Some schools have them and some do not. To make completely sure, call and check with the admissions office of each college or university.
Amherst College
Boston College
Florida State University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Indiana University
Tufts University
University of California
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Colorado – Boulder
University of Florida
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Richmond
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Wellesley College
Yale University

Amherst College
Choose One:

Option A: Respond to one of the following quotations in an essay of not more than 300 words. It is not necessary to research, read, or refer to the texts from which these quotations are taken; we are looking for original, personal responses to these short excerpts. Remember that your essay should be personal in nature and not simply an argumentative essay.

“Rigorous reasoning is crucial in mathematics, and insight plays an important secondary role these days. In the natural sciences, I would say that the order of these two virtues is reversed. Rigor is, of course, very important. But the most important value is insight—insight into the workings of the world. It may be because there is another guarantor of correctness in the sciences, namely, the empirical evidence from observation and experiments.” Kannan Jagannathan, Professor of Physics, Amherst College

“Literature is the best way to overcome death. My father, as I said, is an actor. He’s the happiest man on earth when he’s performing, but when the show is over, he’s sad and troubled. I wish he could live in the eternal present, because in the theater everything remains in memories and photographs. Literature, on the other hand, allows you to live in the present and to remain in the pantheon of the future. Literature is a way to say, I was here, this is what I thought, this is what I perceived. This is my signature, this is my name.” Ilán Stavans, Professor of Spanish, Amherst College. From “The Writer in Exile: An Interview with Ilán Stavans” by Saideh Pakravan for the Fall 1993 issue of The Literary Review.

“It seems to me incumbent upon this and other schools’ graduates to recognize their responsibility to the public interest…unless the graduates of this college…are willing to put back into our society those talents, the broad sympathy, the understanding, the compassion… then obviously the presuppositions upon which our democracy are based are bound to be fallible.” John F. Kennedy, at the ground breaking for the Amherst College Frost Library, October 26, 1963

“Stereotyped beliefs have the power to become self-fulfilling prophesies for behavior.” Elizabeth Aires, Professor of Psychology, Amherst College. From her book: Men and Women In Interaction, Reconsidering the Difference.

“Difficulty need not foreshadow despair or defeat. Rather achievement can be all the more satisfying because of obstacles surmounted.” Attributed to William Hastie, Amherst Class of 1925, the first African-American to serve as a judge for the United States Court of Appeals

Option B: Submit a graded paper from your junior or senior year that best represents your writing skills and analytical abilities. We are particularly interested in your ability to construct a tightly reasoned, persuasive argument that calls upon literary, sociological or historical evidence. You should NOT submit a laboratory report, journal entry, creative writing sample or in-class essay.

Boston College

We would like to get a better sense of you. Please select one of the questions below and write an essay of 400 words or less providing your response.

  1. What contemporary issue or trend relating to politics, culture and society, or foreign policy particularly concerns you and why?
  2. Many human beings throughout history have found inspiration and joy in literature and works of art. Is there a book, play, poem, movie, painting, music selection, or photograph that has been especially meaningful for you?
  3. Contemporary higher education reflects a tension between preparing for a meaningful life and preparing for a career. What are you looking for in an undergraduate education? Which emphasis is important to you at this moment and why?
  4. “Magis”, a Latin word meaning “more,” is often cited in reference to the goals of Jesuit education, which seeks to help students become better, do more, and have as much impact on society as possible. How do you hope to achieve the Magis in your life?

Florida State University (FSU)*

We firmly believe that every person is unique and of value. Our university is enriched by embracing individual differences and creating a community that is much more than the sum of its parts. In 650 words or less, share your story with us. Tell us how you came to be the person you are today, and about your passions and future expectations. Describe how you will benefit from our community and how our community will benefit from you.

* Note: As of 8/13 the FSU essay has not been updated on their website, but the new essay has been confirmed by FSU admissions.

Georgetown University*

  • In the space available discuss the significance to you of the school or summer activity in which you have been most involved.
  • As Georgetown is a diverse community, the Admissions Committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief essay (approximately one page), either personal or creative, which you feel best describes you.
  • Indicate any special talents or skills you possess.
  • Applicants to the McDonough School of Business: The McDonough School of Business is a national and global leader in providing graduates with essential ethical, analytical, financial and global perspectives. Please discuss your motivations for studying business at Georgetown.
  • Applicants to the School of Nursing & Health Studies: Describe the factors that have influenced your interest in studying health care. Please specifically address your intended major (Health Care Management & Policy, Human Science, International Health, or Nursing).
  • Applicants to Georgetown College: Please relate your interest in studying at Georgetown University to your goals. How do these thoughts relate to your chosen course of study? (If you are applying to major in the FLL or in a Science, please specifically address those interests.)
  • Applicants to the Walsh School of Foreign Service: Briefly discuss a current global issue, indicating why you consider it important and what you suggest should be done to deal with it.
  • Transfer Applicants: As Georgetown is a diverse community, the admissions committee would like to know more about you in your own words. Please submit a brief essay (approximately one page), either personal or creative, which you feel best describes you. If transferring from a four-year institution, please indicate your reasons for transferring.

* Note: As of 8/13 the Georgetown essay has not been updated on their website, but the new essay has been confirmed by Georgetown admissions.

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Beyond rankings, location, and athletics, why are you interested in attending Georgia Tech? (max 150 words)
  • A Georgia Tech experience and education provides you an unbound future. What will yours be? (max 150 words)
  • Georgia Tech’s motto is Progress & Service. In 25 words or less, what is your personal motto?

Indiana University

Describe your academic and career plans and any special interest (for example, scientific research) that you are eager to pursue as an undergraduate at Indiana University. Also, share any unusual circumstances, challenges, or obstacles you have encountered in pursuit of your education and how you overcame them. This essay may be used in scholarship consideration for student who submit a Selective Scholarship Application. Attach your brief essay (200-400 words) to your application.

 

Tufts University

Think outside the box as you answer the following questions. Take a risk and go somewhere unexpected. Be serious if the moment calls for it but feel comfortable being playful if that suits you, too.

  1. Which aspects of Tufts’ curriculum or undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short: “Why Tufts?” (50–100 words)
  1. There is a Quaker saying: “Let your life speak.” Describe the environment in which you were raised – your family, home, neighborhood, or community – and how it influenced the person you are today. (200–250 words)
  2. Now we’d like to know a little bit more about you. Please respond to one of the following six questions (200-250 words):
  1. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf—the first elected female head of state in Africa and winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize—has lived a life of achievement. “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough,” she once said. As you apply to college, what are your dreams?
  2. What makes you happy?
  3. Science and society are filled with rules, theories, and laws such as the First Amendment, PV=nRT, Occam’s Razor, and The Law of Diminishing Returns. In baseball, three strikes and you’re out. A green light on a roadway means “go.” Pick any law and explain its significance to you.
  4. It’s cool to be smart. Tell us about the subjects or ideas that excite your intellectual curiosity.
  5. Nelson Mandela believed that “what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” Describe a way in which you have made or hope to make a difference.
  6. Celebrate the role of sports in your life.

University of California

All applicants must respond to two essay prompts. Responses to your two prompts must be a maximum of 1,000 words total. The shorter answer should be no less than 250 words.

Freshman applicant prompt

Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.

Transfer applicant prompt

What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had in the field — such as volunteer work, internships and employment, participation in student organizations and activities — and what you have gained from your involvement.

Prompt for all applicants

Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are?

University of Central Florida (UCF)

We ask that you respond to two of the topics below. Your responses should be no longer than a total of 500 words or 7,000 characters.

  1. If there has been some obstacle or bump in the road in your academic or personal life, please explain the circumstances.
  2. How has your family history, culture, or environment influenced who you are?
  3. Why did you choose to apply to UCF?
  4. What qualities or unique characteristics do you possess that will allow you to contribute to the UCF community?

University of Chicago

Question 1 (Required)

How does the University of Chicago, as you know it now, satisfy your desire for a particular kind of learning, community, and future? Please address with some specificity your own wishes and how they relate to UChicago.

Question 2 (Optional)

Share with us a few of your favorite books, poems, authors, films, plays, pieces of music, musicians, performers, paintings, artists, blogs, magazines, or newspapers. Feel free to touch on one, some, or all of the categories listed, or add a category of your own. (Optional)

Extended Essay Questions: (Required; Choose one)

  1. Orange is the new black, fifty’s the new thirty, comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, ____ is the new ____. What’s in, what’s out, and why is it being replaced? —Inspired by Payton Weidenbacher, Class of 2015
  2. “I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.” –Maxine Hong Kingston. What paradoxes do you live with? —Inspired by Danna Shen, Class of 2019
  3. Joan of Arkansas. Queen Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Babe Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Mash up a historical figure with a new time period, environment, location, or occupation, and tell us their story. —Inspired by Drew Donaldson, Class of 2016
  4. “Art is either plagiarism or revolution.” –Paul Gauguin. What is your “art”? Is it plagiarism or revolution? —Inspired by Kaitlyn Shen, Class of 2018.
  5. Rerhceseras say it’s siltl plisbsoe to raed txet wtih olny the frist and lsat ltteres in palce. This is beaucse the hamun mnid can fnid oderr in dorsdier. Give us your best example of finding order in disorder. (For your reader’s sake, please use full sentences with conventional spelling). —Also inspired by Payton Weidenbacher, Class of 2015. Payton is extra-inspirational this year!
  6. In the spirit of adventurous inquiry, pose a question of your own. If your prompt is original and thoughtful, then you should have little trouble writing a great essay. Draw on your best qualities as a writer, thinker, visionary, social critic, sage, citizen of the world, or future citizen of the University of Chicago; take a little risk, and have fun.
  7. In the spirit of historically adventurous inquiry, to celebrate the University of Chicago’s 125th anniversary, please feel free to select from any of our past essay questions.

University of Colorado – Boulder

(250-500 words) The University of Colorado Boulder’s Flagship 2030 strategic plan promotes exceptional teaching, research, scholarship, creative works, and service distinguishing us as a premier university. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive community for all that engages each member in opportunities for academic excellence, leadership, and a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. Given that statement above, how do you think you could enrich our diverse and inclusive community, and what are your hopes for your college experience?

University of Florida

Choose one (500 word maximum)

  1. You have been elected President of the United States. Write your inauguration speech for us.
  1. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.” Describe a time when your perspective changed. How did your perspective change and why did it change?
  2. If you were offered the role of the villain or the hero in a movie, which role would you accept and why?
  3. If admitted to the University of Florida, tell us three SPECIFIC things you plan to do during your time here.

University of Michigan

Essay #1 (Required. Approximately 250 words.)

Everyone belongs to many different communities and/or groups defined by (among other things) shared geography, religion, ethnicity, income, cuisine, interest, race, ideology, or intellectual heritage. Choose one of the communities to which you belong, and describe that community and your place within it.

Essay #2 (Required for all freshman applicants.500 words maximum.)

Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School (including preferred admission and dual degree programs) to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?

Essay #2 (Required for all transfer applicants. 500 words maximum.)

Describe the unique qualities that attract you to the specific undergraduate College or School to which you are applying at the University of Michigan. How would that curriculum support your interests?

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

For first-year applicants (freshmen): Choose one prompt and respond in an essay of 400-500 words.

  1. Teen activist and 2014 Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai said, “I raise up my voice-not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard”. For whom have you raised your voice?
  2. Students learn both inside and outside the classroom. What would other members of the Carolina community learn from you?
  3. You get one do-over of any moment in your life. What would you do over, and why?
  4. You’ve been invited to give a TEDtalk. What is yours about?
  5. There are 27 amendments to the Constitution of the US. What should be the 28th?

Transfer applicants: Transfer applicants will submit two essays.

  1. The first essay is from the main part of the Common Application. Respond to the following prompt in an essay of 250-650 words: Please provide a statement that addresses your reasons for transferring and the objectives you hope to achieve.
  2. Choose one of the following prompts and respond in an essay of 400-500 words:
    • What bothers you about your world? What could you do to change it?
      • How do you define wisdom?
      • You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech.
      • Why do you do what you do?
      • UNC Computer Science Professor Frederick P. Brooks discovered what has become known as Brook’s law – “adding more man-power to a late project will make the project later.” Tell us about a counterintuitive or surprising solution to a problem you stumbled upon in your life.

University of Pennsylvania

How will you explore your intellectual and academic interests at the University of Pennsylvania? Please answer this question given the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying. (400-650 words) *For students applying to the coordinated dual-degree programs, please answer this question in regards to your single-degree school choice.  Interest in coordinated dual-degree programs will be addressed through those program-specific essays.

University of Richmond

Please choose ONE of the two essay prompts: (1) From small, faculty-led classes to funded undergraduate research, the University of Richmond offers the benefits of both a liberal arts college and the opportunities and resources typically found in large research universities. Tell us how you would utilize these resources in order to reach your goals; OR (2) Tell us about Spiders.

University of Virginia

  1. We are looking for passionate students to join our diverse community of scholars, researchers, and artists. Answer the question that corresponds to the school/program to which you are applying in a half page or roughly 250 words.
  • College of Arts and Sciences – What work of art, music, science, mathematics, or literature has surprised, unsettled, or challenged you, and in what way?
  • School of Engineering and Applied Sciences – U.Va. engineers are working to solve problems that affect people around the world, from our long-term water purification project in South Africa to continuing to research more efficient applications of solar power. However, most students start small, by using engineering to make a difference in daily life. If you were given funding for a small engineering project that would make your everyday life better, what would you do?
  • School of Architecture – Describe an instance or place where you have been inspired by architecture or design.
  • School of Nursing – Discuss experiences that led you to choose the School of Nursing.
  • Kinesiology Program – Discuss experiences that led you to choose the kinesiology major.
  1. Answer one of the following questions in a half page or roughly 250 words.
  • What’s your favorite word and why?
  • We are a community with quirks, both in language and in traditions. Describe one of your quirks and why it is part of who you are.
  • Student self-governance, which encourages student investment and initiative, is a hallmark of the U.Va. culture. In her fourth year at U.Va., Laura Nelson was inspired to create Flash Seminars, one-time classes which facilitate high-energy discussion about thought-provoking topics outside of traditional coursework. If you created a Flash Seminar, what idea would you explore and why?
  • U.Va. students paint messages on Beta Bridge when they want to share information with our community. What would you paint on Beta Bridge and why is this your message?

Vanderbilt University*

Please briefly elaborate on one of your extracurricular activities or work experiences. (150-400 words)

* Note: As of 8/13 the Vanderbilt essay has not been updated on their website, but the new essay has been confirmed by Vanderbilt admissions.

Wake Forest University

Help us get to know you better by responding briefly to these questions. No need for research, just be creative and enjoy the process.

  1. List five books you have read (with authors) that piqued your curiosity. Discuss an idea from one of these works that influenced you.
  1. We want to know what makes you tick intellectually. A paper? A project? An academic passion? Describe it.
  2. Hashtags trend worldwide. Give us a hashtag you wish were trending. #________________________ Why?
  3. Give us your top ten list.
  4. There is a nationwide dialogue about cross-cultural interactions. Like most college campuses, Wake Forest is currently in a place of conversation about what it means to engage across difference. As a country, why do you think we have reached this point?
  5. What outrages you and why?

Use the following essay to give the Admissions Committee insight into your character and intellect. Watch this: http://go.wfu.edu/thisisaboutyou

  • Right now, what is uniquely you?

Wellesley College

When choosing a college community, you are choosing a place where you believe that you can live, learn, and flourish. Generations of inspiring women have thrived in the Wellesley community, and we want to know what aspects of this community inspire you to consider Wellesley. We know that there are more than 100 reasons to choose Wellesley, but the “Wellesley 100” is a good place to start. Visit the Wellesley 100 and let us know, in two well-developed paragraphs, which two items most attract, inspire, or energize you and why. (PS: “Why” matters to us.)

Yale University

Please reflect on something you would like us to know about you that we might not learn from the rest of your application, or on something about which you would like to say more. You may write about anything—from personal experiences or goals to interests or intellectual pursuits. (Please answer in 500 words or fewer). We encourage you to visit http://admissions.yale.edu/essay, where you will find helpful advice.

Optional essay for prospective engineering majors: If you selected one of the computer science or engineering majors, please tell us more about what has led you to an interest in this field of study, what experiences (if any) you have had in computer science or engineering, and what it is about Yale’s program in this area that appeals to you.

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