#College Essays and Applications

American University

Why are you interested in American University? 150 words

Bard College

Why Bard? 250 words

Barnard College

What factors influenced your decision to apply to Barnard College and why do you think the College would be a good match for you? 100-250 words

Boston University

What about being a student at Boston University most excites you? 250 words

Brandeis University

Why would you like to attend Brandeis? 250 words

Brown University

Brown’s Open Curriculum allows students to explore broadly while also diving deeply into their academic pursuits. Tell us about an academic interest (or interests) that excites you, and how you might use the Open Curriculum to pursue it. 250 words

CalTech University

The process of discovery best advances when people from various backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives come together. How do you see yourself contributing to the diversity of Caltech’s community?  250-400 words

Much like the life of a professional scientist or engineer, the life of a “Teacher” relies heavily on collaboration. Knowing this, what do you hope to explore, innovate, or create with your Caltech peers? 250-400 words

Chapman University

There are thousands of universities and colleges. Why are you interested in attending Chapman. 200 words

Colgate University

With over 500 liberal arts and sciences colleges in the United States, what inspired you to apply to Colgate? 250 words

Colorado College

Why do you wish to attend Colorado College and how would you contribute to the community? 250 words

Columbia University

Please tell us what you value most about Columbia and why. 300 words

Cornell University

Students in Arts and Sciences embrace the opportunity to delve into their academic interests, discover new realms of intellectual inquiry, and chart their own path through the College. Tell us why the depth, breadth, and flexibility of our curriculum are ideally suited to exploring the areas of study that excite you. 650 words

Dartmouth College

While arguing a Dartmouth-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1818, Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, delivered this memorable line: “It is, Sir…a small college. And yet, there are those who love it!” As you seek admission to the Class of 2024, what aspects of the College’s program, community or campus environment attract your interest? 100 words

Duke University

If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you? 250 words.

Elon University

Why Elon University? 200-250 words

Georgetown University

What does it mean to you to be educated? How might Georgetown College help you achieve this aim? 700 words

Georgia Tech

Why do you want to study your chosen major at Georgia Tech, and how do you think Georgia Tech will prepare you to pursue opportunities in that field after graduation? 300 words

Harvey Mudd College

What influenced you to apply to Harvey Mudd College? What about the HMC curriculum and community appeals to you? 500 words

Haverford College

Please tell us what motivated you to apply to Haverford and what excites you most as you imagine your Haverford experience. 150 words

Lafayette College

Why Lafayette? 20-200 words

Lehigh University

How did you first learn about Lehigh University and what motivated you to apply? 100-150 words

Macalester College

Macalester is one of few highly selective liberal arts colleges located in the middle of a metropolitan area. Students benefit from the strong sense of community on campus and opportunities to engage in academic, social, and civic engagement options in the Twin Cities. Have you thought about how Macalester’s location might impact your experience? If so, in what ways? 500 words


Although you may not yet know what you want to major in, which department or program at MIT appeals to you and why? 100 words

New School

The New School brings together a dynamic group of students interested in art, design, performing arts, entrepreneurship, and critical thought. We would like to know more about your interest in joining our community and why you would be a good fit for The New School. We are particularly interested in knowing what will make you a valuable member of your specific school, college, program, area of study, or campus. 500 – 650 words

Northwestern University

In 300 words or less, help us understand what aspects of Northwestern appeal most to you, and how you’ll make use of specific resources and opportunities here. 300 words

New York University

We would like to know more about your interest in NYU. We are particularly interested in knowing what motivated you to apply to NYU and more specifically, why you have applied or expressed interest in a particular campus, school, college, program, and/or area of study? If you have applied to more than one, please tell us why you are interested in each of the campuses, schools, colleges, or programs to which you have applied. You may be focused or undecided, or simply open to the options within NYU’s global network; regardless, we want to understand – Why NYU? 400 words

Purdue University

How will opportunities at Purdue support your interests, both in and out of the classroom? 100 words

Rice University

There is a breadth of intellectual opportunities here at Rice. Further explain your intended major and other areas of academic focus you may explore. 150 words

Swarthmore College

Please write about why you are interested in applying to and attending Swarthmore. 150-250 words

Syracuse University

Who or what influenced you to apply to Syracuse University? 250 words

Who is the person you dream of becoming and how do you believe Syracuse University can help you achieve this?  250 words

Tufts University

Which aspects of the Tufts undergraduate experience prompt your application? In short, ‘Why Tufts?’ 100-150 words

Tulane University

Please describe why you are interested in attending Tulane University. 50-800 words

University of Illinois

Please provide an essay that explains why you chose your intended program of study. What interests you the most about this major? If Undecided, what areas of study do you look forward to studying in college? 50-500 words

University of Michigan

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?  550 words

University of Notre Dame

What excites you about the University of Notre Dame that makes it stand out from other institutions? 200 words

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. 300-450 word

At Penn, learning and growth happen outside of the classroom, too. How will you explore the community at Penn? Consider how this community will help shape your perspective and identity, and how your identity and perspective will help shape this community. 150-200 words

University of San Francisco

A USF education is intensely personal and intellectually demanding, emphasizing disciplined thinking and life-changing experiences. As you think about the many academic programs offered at USF, what fields of study are you drawn to and why? 200 words

University of Southern California

Describe how you plan to pursue your academic interests at USC. Please feel free to address your first- and second-choice major selections. 250 words

University of Wisconsin

Tell us why you decided to apply to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition, please include why you are interested in studying the major(s) you have selected. If you selected undecided please describe your areas of possible academic interest. 650 words

Yale University

What is it about Yale that has led you to apply? 125 words