2011-2012 College Admissions Essays, Part 2

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More Quirky College Admissions Essays

College Admissions EssayWe had a strong response to our post about the unique and quirky college admissions essays that appear on many of this year’s college applications and supplements. As the college admissions landscape becomes more confusing, and more competetive, it is more important than ever for applicants to convey the best and most accurate representation of who they are, both academically and personally, to the admissions committees at their targeted schools. The admissions essay is your chance to stand out as a unique personality, to verbalize who you are in a compelling and effective manner, and to highlight your character and your achievements in your own voice. The trick, as always, is to be yourself. To kick off your brainstorming, we’ve gathered even more of this year’s most creative essay prompts:

  • What is your favorite ride at the amusement park? How does this reflect your approach to life? (Emory University)

  • Imagine you have to wear a costume for a year of your life. What would you pick and why? (Brandeis University)

  • Don’t write about reverse psychology. (University of Chicago)

  • Most overrated superhero? Most underrated superhero? Former kindergarten fear? Advice for adults? Gadget that needs inventing? (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

  • If you had a theme song – a piece of music that describes you best – what would it be and why? Please include the name of the song and the artist. (Smith College)

  • One hundered years ago, in 1912, the Austrian writer and social critic, Karl Kraus, famous for his provocative aphorisms, wrote “Civilization ends, since barbarians erupt from it.” Write a short commentary on what you think this might mean from your perspective 100 years later, and whether it makes any sense. (Bard College)

  • Identify and describe a personal habit or idiosyncrasy – of any nature – that helps define you. (Occidental College)

  • Ideas always begin as works in progress, not final drafts…we invite you to briefly think out loud about something that’s been on your mind for a while or something newly discovered. You can use words, you can sketch, you can diagram – any format that helps you explore an idea. (Bennington College)

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