College Application Essay Prompts

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College Application Essay
Some possibilities…
WKU (250-500 words)
• Michael Jordan, one of the most successful and famous athletes in
the United States, was cut from his high school basketball team
before creating a name for himself as the “greatest basketball
player of all time,” according to the National Basketball
Association. What would you do if you weren’t afraid of failure?
• In his 2005 commencement address to Stanford University
graduates, Steve Jobs discussed the “Whole Earth Catalog,” a
publication that was popular during his youth. He compared it to
“Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along.”
When describing the Catalog’s final issue, he recalled their
farewell message from the back cover: “Stay Hungry. Stay
Foolish… I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you
graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Stay Hungry. Stay
Foolish.” How does this resonate with you?
UK (250-650 words)
• Describe a challenge or obstacle you have overcome
in your life.
The Common App (650 word limit)
• Some students have a background or story that is so central to their
identity that they believe their application would be incomplete
without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
• Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How
did it affect you, and what lessons did you learn?
• Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content.
What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to
you?
• Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What
prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?
• Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that
marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your
culture, community, or family.
• Help!
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