Based on your responses to 14 simple questions, we can help you identify which of the seven Common App essay prompts may best allow you to share your story with colleges. Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts.
Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Make sure to include the question itself at the start of your essay.
Your essay should be no more than 550 words; the question will not be included in the essay total word count. Students who have been out of school for several years or who have a personal circumstance that affected performance, may wish to address that situation in their essay.
The essay provides you with the opportunity to showcase aspects of your personality and experiences that fit well with the University of Maryland (UMD) community.
When considering your approach to your essay, take time to think about your answer, making it creative and succinct. You value diversity, innovation, entrepreneurship and imagination.
College admissions officers use your personal statement to get to know you as an individual beyond your transcript and test scores, and the essay can be a powerful factor in determining those students who are admitted and those who are not.
For many high school seniors, it can be maddeningly frustrating to choose the “right” Common App essay topic because the options are so broad.
You can review some helpful essay writing tips provided by The Coalition for College.
Please answer one of the following essay questions.